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Thirteen, Fourteen... Little Boy Unseen: A heart-breaking, bone-chilling mystery thriller (Rebekka Franck Book 7)
Thirteen, Fourteen... Little Boy Unseen: A heart-breaking, bone-chilling mystery thriller (Rebekka Franck Book 7)
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good book, an enjoyable read, 9 Jun. 2016
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I did actually enjoy reading this book, The backstory was credible and the plot as a whole was detailed and believable. My only gripe with the book was that it ended quite abruptly. I got to about 53% through the book (according to Kindle) when everything came to a head and that was that! The remaining 47% was filler and previews. I guess in my mind I felt as though it should've been longer, that the plot deserved to be drawn out more, that there were more twists and turns to be had.

Still, take that as a positive that I wanted to the book to continue for longer. it was a good read that had a great plot twist at the end - indeed, it was a double twist that I did not see coming.

Yes, a good book, definitely worth reading.


The Unbreakable Miss Lovely: How the Church of Scientology tried to destroy Paulette Cooper
The Unbreakable Miss Lovely: How the Church of Scientology tried to destroy Paulette Cooper
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5.0 out of 5 stars A must-read for anyone who wants to see good triumph over evil, 21 Mar. 2016
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An excellent read and damning indictment of the despicable and thoroughly unethical practises of Scientology through the 70s and beyond. Ortega's wonderfully researched and written book is an exciting, frightening, emotional and harrowing portrayal of a journalist doing her job being hounded almost to suicide by people who'd rather the truth remained hidden. Really quite brilliant.


Bad Science
Bad Science
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good but not amazing, 21 Mar. 2016
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A good read and interesting for the most part too, but I felt it dragged towards the end and I was quite happy to finish it. If you have a cynical attitude towards silly nonsense like homeopathy and other alternative "medicines" then this book will provide ample substantiation. If you accept homeopathy, acupuncture et al as viable and beneficial, then you probably won't be reading this book in the first place!


What If?: Serious Scientific Answers to Absurd Hypothetical Questions
What If?: Serious Scientific Answers to Absurd Hypothetical Questions
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4.0 out of 5 stars A great nerdy read to fill in the spare minutes, 21 Mar. 2016
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Interesting and if you love his XKCD comic then of course you're bound to enjoy this. To be fair, it's not the sort of book you read from cover-to-cover, but rather, dip in and out of when you have a few spare minutes. The pictures are hard to read in the kindle edition but that's not a fault of the book. I guess most of the things I learned I will never need to know but it's fun, silly and entertaining. I guess it only gets 4 stars because ultimately, I can't imagine myself wanting to pick it up again.


east2eden Seagrass Linen Laundry Basket Bin with Liner in Choice of Sizes (Small)
east2eden Seagrass Linen Laundry Basket Bin with Liner in Choice of Sizes (Small)

5.0 out of 5 stars Very good, holding up well, 21 Mar. 2016
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Been using this now for several months with no problems. Looks great, well constructed and holds plenty of laundry. Yes you have to treat it with a little respect otherwise you could break it quite easily but the same goes for most of the stuff in a typical house. Love the removable cotton liner. Great value too.


The Authorities
The Authorities
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5.0 out of 5 stars Very enjoyable, 21 Mar. 2016
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Great fun, I thoroughly enjoyed it. Sort of a non-pictorial comic-book for grown-ups. I'd love to see a sequel.


TECHGEAR® USB Cable for Apple iPod Nano, iPod Touch, iPod Classic, iPod Video & iPhone 3G 3Gs 4 4s & iPad 1 2 3 & others with 30 Pin Connectors - iPod iPad and iPhone USB charging and sync cable compatible with Macs and PCs
TECHGEAR® USB Cable for Apple iPod Nano, iPod Touch, iPod Classic, iPod Video & iPhone 3G 3Gs 4 4s & iPad 1 2 3 & others with 30 Pin Connectors - iPod iPad and iPhone USB charging and sync cable compatible with Macs and PCs
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5.0 out of 5 stars Works fine, 21 Mar. 2016
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Been using this for a few weeks with an iPad 1 - cheap and cheerful and has worked fine for me so far.


Intel Trinity,The: How Robert Noyce, Gordon Moore, and Andy Grove Built the World's Most Important Company
Intel Trinity,The: How Robert Noyce, Gordon Moore, and Andy Grove Built the World's Most Important Company
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4.0 out of 5 stars A good read if this sort of thing excites you, a bit of a slog if it doesn't, 11 Dec. 2015
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Phew, it's a long and detailed book. I did enjoy it but I felt that the really interesting stuff was the early days when Fairchild Semiconductor was the big boy in town and Noyce/Moore left to start Intel. Learning how they succeeded was riveting, and the chapter on Andy Grove's childhood in Hungary was fascinating. I guess the last third of the book, as we approached the 21st century with Intel already earning its many billions, dragged a bit because it just became another multi-billion dollar company with which we are all now familiar.

It felt long and wordy and not as punchy as I would've liked, but I'm glad I read it - the first half alone was worth the price of admission.


Inheritance: A Psychological Mystery and Suspense Thriller
Inheritance: A Psychological Mystery and Suspense Thriller
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3.0 out of 5 stars Quite good and worth the read, but some serious editing would've helped, 11 Dec. 2015
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It's fair to say that this is a bit of a slow-burner that you really have to persist with. It's a long read, with huge amounts of detail that at times feels like it's being narrated in real-time!

Let's start with what I didn't like so much:
- As a counselor-in-training myself, Colin the Counselor just didn't seem authentic - his behaviour and actions are just not how a real counselor would behave (ie not having a dedicated counselling room, talking about his personal life etc).
- You do not watch coffins being lowered in to the flames at a crematorium; indeed, they are not lowered in to the flames at all.
- Wordy and tedious at times.
- Dubious scientific theories used to explain the crux of the plot (like a get-out-of-jail-free card). As Colin says, "It's not a new science, but it is controversial". L. Ron Hubbard proposed something similar with his ludicrous (and discredited) theory of engrams 60 years ago.
- Significant sub-plots were explained away quite early (eg the graffiti, the intruder) rather than everything coming together at the end. Indeed, what seems like significant sub-plots at the time ultimately turned out to be fairly insignificant.
- The needlessly graphic description of the death of a pet when injuries to people were glossed over or only barely described

What I did like:
- The psychological mystery of what actually is happening to our protagonist, although this sort of petered out through the novel to be left with something mundane.
- Actually quite an enjoyable read!

To be honest, I felt that this book had loads of potential, spent a lot of time building up to a crescendo but ultimately fizzled out towards the end as Christine got on top of her problems and the mundane reality of what was really going on took over. Without giving away, the ending was obvious once Christine's parents revealed their big secret. Actually, it was quite obvious from the title of the book itself!

So yeah, I quite liked it but I was glad to get to the end of it.
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Mens/Ladies Hanging Large Toiletry Wash Bag with Hook (Purple/Grey Zips)
Mens/Ladies Hanging Large Toiletry Wash Bag with Hook (Purple/Grey Zips)
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5.0 out of 5 stars My wife loves it!, 27 Nov. 2015
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Big enough to hold all her bottles of shampoo and various woman things. Zips up, is easy to transport, and when open and hanging, everything is easily accessible. Really well made and highly recommended.


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