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Lumie Bodyclock Advanced - Sunrise Alarm Clock - For the Treatment of Seasonal Affective Disorder
Lumie Bodyclock Advanced - Sunrise Alarm Clock - For the Treatment of Seasonal Affective Disorder

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Made a winter a cheerier place, 5 Oct 2009
My wife and I suffered through winters when we were shocked out of a deep sleep on a daily basis. We bought the Lumie in an attempt to mitigate this. It has worked far better than I would have hoped, setting our usual alarm half way through the sunrise cycle. The difference is incredible with the impact on how alert we feel, making waking on a work day a reasonable experience!

I would agree with other reviewers that the build quality looks flimsy and the cost is high for what is a slow turning on light. On the other hand results count and I would not hesistate to buy another.


The Draft: A Year Inside the NFL's Search for Talent
The Draft: A Year Inside the NFL's Search for Talent
by Pete Williams
Edition: Hardcover

8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Solid but better editing required, 1 Jun 2007
An interesting book covering the run up to the NFL annual draft. Written in a similiar style to a Michael Lewis or John Feinstein book Williams spent a year covering the rise and fall in the fortunes of various players, agents and teams.

This subject matter can be quite opaque with a vast array of characters roaming through the pages, however if you are interested in how one of the world's most successful sporting leagues keeps parity between teams then this a good read.

My quibble would be that I think some more proficient editing was required, some sentances seemed to be repeated pages apart when describing players, possibly intentional as there are a lot of names to keep track of but the writing is not as fluid as it could be.

In summary it is good reading and interesting but Lewis or Feinstein would have covered the subject matter more cohesively. Still, I enjoyed it and would read another book by the same author.


Stolen (MIRA)
Stolen (MIRA)
by Tess Gerritsen
Edition: Paperback
Price: 8.70

43 of 44 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Lame Tripe, 14 May 2007
This review is from: Stolen (MIRA) (Paperback)
A shameful cash-in by the publishers. The style of Stolen is apposite to Gerritsen's usual well written thrillers, not surprising as it is rebranded old work. Unsuccessful old work at a guess because even though the style change was a disappointment, what was worse was the poor cliched writing.

The storyline is not all bad but tortuous lines and poor melodrama combine to make the book borderline unreadable. I bought it based on the author's record, now I will have to make sure I check all of her new books to see if they are of a similiar ilk. Looks like "Murder and Mayhem" is more of the same.


Dead Watch
Dead Watch
by John Sandford
Edition: Paperback

12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Same great style, cool new character, 10 Oct 2006
This review is from: Dead Watch (Paperback)
Sandford has moved away from familiar characters but retained his easy flowing style. I read the book in one sitting and thoroughly enjoyed it. Enough twists and turns to enthral, believeable dialogue, and joy of joys - characters who make "logical" as opposed to "plot aiding" decisons. Recommended.


The Bachelorette Party (Little Black Dress)
The Bachelorette Party (Little Black Dress)
by Karen Mccullah Lutz
Edition: Paperback

13 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Absolute corker, 19 July 2006
Isn't it nice to read a chick-lit book where the protaganist isn't a weepy sissy who ends up realising her best friend was her perfect love after all?

Funny, actually, funny enough for you to snort your cappuccino through your nose, rude and far more true to life than the dross littering the 2-4-1 shelves of your local chain store.


The Wars Against Saddam: Taking the Hard Road to Baghdad
The Wars Against Saddam: Taking the Hard Road to Baghdad
by John Simpson
Edition: Hardcover

11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Super personal narrative, 15 Dec 2003
What you must bear in mind when reading Simpson's book is not to confuse what he is writing with a historical assessment of events. To be fair he doesn't claim this to be the case. However when reading what he writes of current and not so current events it is easy to regard what he writes as hard fact. In the most case it probably is, however some of his statements appear affected by his well documented brush with death in Northern Iraq. Namely his stance that the American soldiers were more concerned with keeping themselves alive than protecting the lives of civilians. A statement open to interesting and lively debate one feels. However as with the rest of his books Simpson shows himself to be thoroughly informed, brave, and prepared to admit his errors. The last charateristic makes him eminently more believable.
The coverage of Hussain's rise to power and probable motivations are simply superb. That combined with extensive coverage of both Gulf Wars as well as detail on the now ignored Iran-Iraq war make this book fascinating and impossible to put down.
If you are looking for a dry historical review this is not it. But if you want an inside track and synopsis on the past 20 years in the middle east by the man who has been there and seen it all, this is it and is unlikely to be bettered.
The only reason I have not given five stars, is that one or two sections appeared poorly edited, a repetition of previously stated facts only a page or two before. Not enough to annoy, but enough to notice.


Sony DSC-P9 Digital Camera [4.0MP 3xOptical]
Sony DSC-P9 Digital Camera [4.0MP 3xOptical]

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Great Outdoors Camera, 26 Nov 2003
The camera is excellent for outdoor photo's and photo's in good light. It falls down quite badly indoors. I bought this as a replacement "pub photo" camera for my Canon APS Ixus. It takes a while to focus, has an obtrusive red light for focussing and allows blurred photo's to be taken. In essence not very forgiving inside.
Having said that for all outdoor shots I have been very pleasantly surprised by its quality. However I am looking at buying a digital Ixus as my "pocket" camera.


Shutter Island
Shutter Island
by Dennis Lehane
Edition: Hardcover
Price: 8.35

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Superb departure from the norm, 2 Jun 2003
This review is from: Shutter Island (Hardcover)
I was worried at first that Dennis Lehane's departure from his normal Boston surrounds would end up a bit of a dud. No worries there - this is a simply superb book, you finish reading it, put it down then pick it up again a day later to reread little sections. The summary does an adequate job of describing the basic plot but can't demonstrate the way this book pulls you in and does not let go. If you like Lehane's other books or any of this thriller / suspense genre, read this book. And if you don't I am sure you will get a chance to see it on the big screen sooner rather than later...


Opening Up
Opening Up
by Mike Atherton
Edition: Paperback

15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars As interesting for its omissions, 23 Oct 2002
This review is from: Opening Up (Paperback)
After reading his perceptive and humerous Captain's Diaries on cricinfo.com as well as his columns in the Sunday Telegraph I waited expectantly for this book to come out. Apart from the rather naf and overused "my autobiography" on the front cover this book is superb in every respect. Atherton decides which part of his compartmentalised existence to let you into, but then does so in its entirety. You will not find a more complete and evocative description of the trials of a modern cricketer as he doesn't bore you with rote recitations of cricket matches won and lost but gives the detail of the personalities on either side and behind the scenes. At no point do you feel you are reading a "tell all" book but he does not hold back on his opinions, both on what he thought and did as well as his opinions of the people around him. One curious omission is any thoughts on the match fixing scandal apart from one or two tangential references. I would be curious to know why he left out this highly relevant topic, especially as he captained and played against the deceased Hansie Cronje. However any element of matchfixing would have picked up headlines and this does not appear to be Atherton's style. The book is engrossing and you feel he writes as he plays - with a straight bat. He has no false modesty and makes no weak excuses. A book well worth buying, well worth keeping.


Deadkidsongs
Deadkidsongs
by Toby Litt
Edition: Paperback

5.0 out of 5 stars Riveting description of a confusing year, 20 Mar 2001
This review is from: Deadkidsongs (Paperback)
This tale of 4 youngsters make-believe world and how it weaves in and out of real life is fascinating and dark. Whilst the end of the book drove me nuts, flipping back and forth to find out what was what and who was who, a neatly packaged solution would have deprived the book of an ending it deserved. As it is it leaves you wondering what happened, as well as giving you a glimpse at adults through childs eyes.


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