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The Lady's Own Cookery Book, and New Dinner-Table Directory; In Which will Be Found a Large Collection of Original Receipts. 3rd ed.
The Lady's Own Cookery Book, and New Dinner-Table Directory; In Which will Be Found a Large Collection of Original Receipts. 3rd ed.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Highly Entertaining, 29 Sep 2012
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This is quite a tongue-in-cheek book for the modern cook although I can see how it would have been taken quite seriously at the time. I'm not convinced that using 50lb of beef is a cheap meal for the poor or even quantities that are practical nowadays, but if I ever want to cook eel, at least I will know a variety of ways in which to prepare it! Some of the recipes are quite intriguing and when you look at the quantities of meat, poultry etc. that are used in some of them, it's clear that meat products were definitely cheaper in the Victorian times along with oysters and such like which are quite expensive now and certainly (for the majority I think) not an everyday food. It's a interesting and fun read and I would highly recommend it especially for the novelty of perhaps cooking eel and suchlike.


Color Me Grey (Alexis Stanton Chronicles Book 1)
Color Me Grey (Alexis Stanton Chronicles Book 1)
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2.0 out of 5 stars Not a quality story, 29 Sep 2012
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The story is written in the first person through the eyes of Alexis. I'm not sure if the author was trying to write in the style of Sue Grafton, certainly there were echoes of Sue's style within the story, but it was a bit like reading a story written by a Year 11 pupil for their English story. The plot itself was very thin and unrealistic and the character of Alexis alternated between being fairly sensible to being a bit of a dimwitted bimbo. If J.C. Phelps was trying for a female Bond figure, then I think Alexis falls seriously short. Certainly not worth paying to read.


Ergonomic Aluminium Portable Foldable Cooling X-Stand for 12"-17" Laptops, Notebook PC, MacBook
Ergonomic Aluminium Portable Foldable Cooling X-Stand for 12"-17" Laptops, Notebook PC, MacBook
Offered by Bosvision Ltd.
Price: £27.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Does the job its designed for., 26 Aug 2012
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I bought this to stop my laptop overheating as it was apt to do when on a flat surface. I spend a large proportion of the day (about 8 hours on average) using my machine, so this is perfect. It's easy to set up, doesn't have any moving parts which could break and raises the screen too. Would recommend this product over stands with built in fans as this allows the air to circulate under the machine so overheating really is not a problem.


Law & Order: Special Victims Unit - Season 3 - Complete [2001]
Law & Order: Special Victims Unit - Season 3 - Complete [2001]
Dvd ~ Christopher Meloni
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5.0 out of 5 stars More from a fantastic series, 26 Aug 2012
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For fans of Law and Order SVU, this is definitely worth purchasing. It's always worth buying the DVD of your favourite series because 9 times out of 10, once you enjoy it, then it's never televised again! Or they stop making it!! Subtitles are available too, always useful for that middle of the night, I can't sleep watching.


Maimonides: The Life and World of One of Civilization's Greatest Minds
Maimonides: The Life and World of One of Civilization's Greatest Minds
by Joel L. Kraemer
Edition: Paperback
Price: £10.55

3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A not bad contextual account, 26 Aug 2012
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Although this book incorporates practically everything you would wish to know about Moshe Maimon, I have given only 3 stars because it isn't in any kind of order (that I could find). The other problem is that it isn't really biographical, it is more contextual. You will learn a lot about the life of Maimonides and his works, but I doubt if you'll be able to learn about the "real" him, who he really was. The quality of the book is very poor as well considering the cost.


Crazy People: The Crazy for You Stories
Crazy People: The Crazy for You Stories
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Funny, witty, heartwarming, 26 Aug 2012
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If you are a fan of Jenni Crusie's books, then you really MUST buy this one. It provides the background for the Crazy for You stories. Ever wondered what Quinn's sister thought of her life? Or why Quinn's mum segued into Lesbianism so easily (and apparently late in life)? This book provides all the answers.


Black Friday (A Maggie O'Dell Novel - Book 7)
Black Friday (A Maggie O'Dell Novel - Book 7)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent, unputdownable and a must have read for all Kava fans, 26 Aug 2012
I rocketed through book seven of the Maggie O'Dell series and not for the reason that it's a fairly short novel. In point of fact, there's a lot of excellence crammed into this story, the bulk of which takes place over a 24-hour period. The 24 hours start on the Friday after Thanksgiving with a bombing at the Mall of America in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The shopping centre is packed with people taking part in the now-traditional Black Friday shopping fiasco, and the bombers are just college kids who have been induced to carry backpacks filled with bombs through the shopping centre. When two of the three are killed in the ensuing explosion, the surviving three realise they have been used and are now probably in danger as they are the loose ends. Another attack is planned for an unknown airport less than 48 hours later. Maggie and the other enforcement authorities have to find and protect the survivors, work out which airport is the next target, discover who's behind the plot and prevent the next wave of bombing. An emotional impact is made when it's discovered that Maggie's half-brother Patrick is one of the surviving college students that was bamboozled into taking part and he is the one who can identify the man who arranged the attacks, but only by putting himself in extreme danger. Maggie's former love interest Nick Morelli also plays a big role here, too.

Somehow, Kava keeps manages to integrate all these parts of the story and ends up writing an engrossing novel that accurately touches upon the fears that people have of terrorism striking in the domestic setting. Solidly written, this is a must-have for all Kava fans.


Beauvallet
Beauvallet
by Georgette Heyer
Edition: Paperback
Price: £6.74

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Swashbuckling adventure - Errol Flynn eat your heart out!!, 26 Aug 2012
This review is from: Beauvallet (Paperback)
Although I am a massive Heyer fan, this book takes a little while to get fully into. Beauvallet is certainly a character like no other, possibly because this book is Elizabethan, whilst her others tend to be Regency. There is a lot of adventure of the swashbuckling type in it, but the characters talk out loud to themselves, which is possibly something more in line with a play rather than a novel, so it may be that Heyer was trying to emulate Shakespeare in the writing of this book. Some of the dialogue is in keeping with the era "Oddstooth" and suchlike. Saying that, better to read a "bad" Heyer, as it still compares with the "best" of some other authors.


They Found Him Dead
They Found Him Dead
by Georgette Heyer
Edition: Paperback
Price: £6.39

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another superb mystery, 26 Aug 2012
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As a big fan of Georgette Heyer's Regency romance novels I think that her mysteries surpass Agatha Christie's levels of brilliance. This is a fantastic light read for a mystery although not in the same style as her Regency novels.

The front cover states that she writes vibrant characters and witty dialogue, and this is so true. Some of the characters are a bit odd and definitely NOT like real people - Timothy being an example as he comes across as quite annoying and precocious, although Ms Heyer may have been striving for this! Hannasyde is at his inscrutable best as usual.

The setting is typical; a large house out in the countryside, and the main cast is a sprawling and higly dysfunctional family. The plot commences with the birthday party of patriarch of the family, soon to be found dead at the bottom of a cliff. An inquest states it's an accidental death but the family are not so sure, although relieved to put it behind them. However then the next heir is murdered with attempts on the one after that.

The crime itself and the reasoning (greed) are clever thought out and I recommend this if you like thinking about what you're reading but don't want to over-tax your brain!


A Blunt Instrument
A Blunt Instrument
by Georgette Heyer
Edition: Paperback
Price: £6.74

5.0 out of 5 stars Better than Agatha Christie, 26 Aug 2012
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Having been a fan of Georgette Heyer's regency romances, I had never read one of her mysteries until I was given one as a present. I'm definitely hooked. Written in a who dunnit style, it keeps you guessing to the very end. it is full of witticism, witnesses and suspects who give conflicting statements and hilarious if eccentric characters. In the end however, the analytical and logcial mind of Superintendent Hannasyde of Scotland Yard reigns supreme and clears the up crime. Keep an open mind when reading this if you want to solve the clues, but it will be hard as your mind will jump from one conclusion to another!


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