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Field of Prey (Lucas Davenport Book 24)
Field of Prey (Lucas Davenport Book 24)
Price: £4.84

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting story and I enjoyed reading it, 12 Aug 2014
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I had avoided Davenport books for a while as they had become too family dynamic orientated for my liking with crime stories. Initially I thought this one was going to be the same with an extended "bring your daughter to work" theme. It gives the impression that if you have money as an American cop you can bring as many family members as you want to look at crime scenes and hang about the station.
I also didn't understand why he bothered asking people questions about possible suspects if he then did nothing about the answers. He could have solved this one days before if he'd passed on his knowledge and not tried doing everything himself.
Interesting story and I enjoyed reading it, although did wonder how no-one in a small town told the police they suspected the murderer given what was revealed about him towards the end, he can't have been behaving otherwise normally and running a business.


Silverlit X-Twin Pro Air Acrobat 3-Channel Radio Control Aeroplane (Colour and Frequency Varies)
Silverlit X-Twin Pro Air Acrobat 3-Channel Radio Control Aeroplane (Colour and Frequency Varies)

1.0 out of 5 stars doesn't fly well and breaks easily, 18 Jun 2014
My son got 2 of these from different people. They worked on different channels but both had the same problem, they curved towards the ground when you let them go and rapidly crashed despite trying hard to control them. No success at trying to get them to take offfrom the ground either. The wheels and nose break easily. Very disappointing.


Periea Underbed Shoe Storage Organiser (holds 3-12 pairs) - strong storage box solution with lid - (Orange) Sami
Periea Underbed Shoe Storage Organiser (holds 3-12 pairs) - strong storage box solution with lid - (Orange) Sami
Offered by JNimports
Price: £5.99

4.0 out of 5 stars fairly sturdy and flexible, 12 Jun 2014
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We bought 1 of each colour for shoes and I'm now buying 3 more for general storage under the other bed. You have to take care moving it but it keeps its shape well and the internal dividers are flexible so you can remove them although it will be less structurally stable then. For the money its good value. If kids are going to be sliding it in and out roughly you may be better with plastic and wheels.


The Goldfinch
The Goldfinch
Price: £3.32

6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars get on with the story, 31 May 2014
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This review is from: The Goldfinch (Kindle Edition)
I'm only 10% of the way through this but the style is irritating me. I hate novelists who post spoilers "this was the day my mother died" and then don't get on with killing her but make me read loads of descriptive waffle so that I feel like stabbing her myself just so that I can get on with the next bit of the plot that hasn't been already revealed to me.


Dakine Mission Rucksack
Dakine Mission Rucksack
Price: £36.74 - £412.39

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Dakine mission transworld snowboarding rucksack excellent, 7 May 2014
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A different picture popped up next to my review to the item I clicked on, I presume they put all reviews for Dakine mission rucksacks under 1 heading.
My son is now on his second mission snowboarding rucksack, the first having been stolen but he liked it so much he wanted a near identical one to replace it.
He used it for school and it's a substantial rucksack with a padded area for his computer if needed and plenty of small pockets inside for pens/ phone/ calculator etc.
He also uses it snowboarding as his board easily straps in if walking up hills/ to the lift etc with a padded pouch for goggles.
The straps are substantial and comfortable to wear.


Boneland
Boneland
Price: £3.85

1 of 6 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Thin story too waffly, 25 April 2014
This review is from: Boneland (Kindle Edition)
I got this on audiobook from the library. I'm an adult who likes scifi and "normal" novels. This was neither one nor the other with unreal characters and too much padding.
Listening to it it took me nearly an hour to work out that there were 2 characters in it and that it wasn't just nutty Colin wandering around the hills at night carving things in some sci fi land that happened to have some characters from the present day with hammy regional accents in it. That's maybe clearer in the book. Not giving the caveman a name didn't help. Meg was very unrealistic as a psychotherapist so I wasn't surprised when she wasn't really one at the end. She sounded like Ermintrude from the Magic Roundabout (who else says "dear heart"?) with a bit of Worzel Gummidge thrown in. Robert Powell was good when reading the poetic passages and the caveman bits but I don't think the country bumpkin accents added anything.
There was alot of Colin giving academic monologues that seemed design to show the author had read some science books and some cod psychotherapy "oh that's why i'm scared of crows, fine I'm better now".
I listened to the end hoping it would get better, it didn't. The 2 stories never really joined together for me either.


Life After Life
Life After Life
by Kate Atkinson
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £14.99

3.0 out of 5 stars Good but needed a "proper" ending, 30 Nov 2013
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I enjoyed the book and the concept of the book. It didn't really have an ending as such though, I felt she just got bored writing it and stopped.
It was maybe designed to show the process is never ending, but it left me feeling "is that it?" and that it could have been half the length if it was just going to fizzle out with no real point to it.
The Time Traveller's Wife is much better crafted from that point of view.


Berghaus Optimus 40 Wheeled Travel Bag
Berghaus Optimus 40 Wheeled Travel Bag
Price: £60.73

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent cabin bag, 4 July 2013
I either use this or a small Karrimore OMM rucksack for carry on bagage. This is an excellent small case with versatile pockets. It has gone in the hold at times as well and come out unscathed and we've just bought the 60 litre version for longer trips as we're travelling lighter these days so rarely need our larger heavy cases. I've found fragile things are fine in this, you just pad them well. The shoulder strap is handy when traversing London Underground, our version has this not the adapta strap.


The End Of Alice
The End Of Alice
Price: £4.12

5 of 8 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Unpleasant and more like a porn "story", 11 May 2013
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I got this to read on holiday having enjoyed some of her other novels. I made a mistake.
Some reviewers have found the constant graphic sexual imagery brave or innovative. I just found it unnecessary and sickening. It was as though she was trying to cram as many types of sexual abuse and sex as possible into one novel. The characters never seemed real to me (and I've had to work with paedophiles) and I skim read much of it as it was just horrible. Why would you spend some of your life reading this? How is it meant to enrich your life?
Some of her novels have seemed excessively sugary, surely there's a balance to be had between them and this?


Bedlam
Bedlam
by Christopher Brookmyre
Edition: Hardcover

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant and original, 14 Mar 2013
This review is from: Bedlam (Hardcover)
I loved this book. I'm not a game playing teenager but a middle aged woman and did wonder initially if I'd find it heavy going as I'm easily bored by videogames. My teenage son tries to get me interested in Minecraft, Skyrim etc but after 10 minutes I've had enough. I'm thinking of getting him the audiobook as he'd love this but is dyslexic.
The first few chapters I found confusing and heavy going. Partly this was the game related jargon and partly the switching from one time and dimension to another and like the main character I hadn't a clue what was going on.
The plot was clever, unpredictable and well constructed though and after the first few chapters fast paced and started to hang together better as a story. In fast paced stories like this characterisation always suffers a bit as there aren't endless chapters discussing their innermost feelings but there was enough characterisation to make you care about the main characters and to make them interesting, although the main baddie was given no redeeming features, much like a videogame baddie.

The book made me think about the future of videogames, neuroscience, and the possibility of stuff like the book's events really happening.
I was sad to finish the book, unlike some books I've read recently it was the right length with no unnecessary padding to wade through.
I now feel I want to play some videogames, although I suspect the moment I get stuck and have to spend more than 10 minutes trying to do the same thing recurrently in order to progress I'll give up and find another book to read, shame there won't be another Brookmyre book for a while.


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