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The Directory of Railway Stations
The Directory of Railway Stations
by R.J.V. Butt
Edition: Hardcover

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A great reference book, 10 Feb 2014
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This is not a book for reading, but to keep on the shelf and refer to when required.

It does have a failing, in that no sources are given for the information supplied. This means that when other writers supply different dates (for example, Michael Quick, "Railway Passenger Stations", Ponthir station), the accuracy of this book is in doubt.

Vitalis Omnibus
Vitalis Omnibus
Price: 0.77

7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Hardly the omnibus edition, 10 Dec 2012
This review is from: Vitalis Omnibus (Kindle Edition)
Jason Halstead or his publisher have a problem with what is a book and what is an omnibus edition. In reality, their books are parts (not much more than chapters) and the omnibus is Book 1 of a series. There is no contents list or any easy way of navigating around the book, just a continuous flow of text (this is even more obvious in the Kobo edition, where in order to get around the problem of a maximum file size, the book has just been chopped into three parts at random points).

Part 1 (the free volume) has a detailed well-written plot, and was sufficient to tempt me into buying the "Omnibus", however the story that it narrates is only a way of getting the characters to the planet where the rest of Book 1 takes place and is not required for the main plot. Part 2 opens with a new set of characters, but fails to explain the relationships between them all, leaving the reader to guess. Part 3 has another new set of characters, but with a very similar plot to Part 2. Part 4, ditto. It is only once the reader arrives at the last part that the story really progresses, but even then it only reaches the point of setting the stage for the next book. At no point does the story ever indicate a positive outcome for humanity on the planet of Vitalis.

The book suffers with typos which should have been picked up by the publisher; for example: "The creature let loose a roar Jeremy suspected he'd be hearing in his right before he woke up in a cold sweat for the next several weeks." "He saw no sign of pursuit, but the waste high grasses would have hidden the passage of smaller predators." "Like most animals in the wild their young had to grow up fast or be culled from the heard." Rosh and Crystal each put in a single appearance when other, existing, characters would have been more appropriate.

For a 1-2 book these faults could have been overlooked and I might have bought the second book in the hope of finding a positive outcome, or at least learning where the story was going. But at the price that is being charged I expect a professionally produced book, as the publisher's web site promises. Yes it is half the price of "Red Mars", but it is much less than half the story.

The Price of Candy (Sandy Reid Mystery Series Book 2)
The Price of Candy (Sandy Reid Mystery Series Book 2)
Price: 1.78

1 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Famous 5 for the over fourteens, 21 Jun 2012
Rod Hoisington would appear to have a serious problem with State Attorneys. As with One Deadly Sister, the book has an opening plot that is not credible (in this case, Sandy pays a visit to a "friend" that she cannot remember, and then gets a friendly cop to partake in a stakeout without any justification). Once again, the State Attorney wants to bring charges against a character who is clearly innocent (in both senses). Yes, Sandy wraps it all up at the end, but that is due more to an incompetent police force than to her skill at wrapping men around her little finger.

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