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Fresh Prints: 25 Easy and Enticing Printing Projects to Make at Home (Simple Makes)
Fresh Prints: 25 Easy and Enticing Printing Projects to Make at Home (Simple Makes)
by Christine Leech
Edition: Paperback
Price: 11.69

4.0 out of 5 stars Some great projects, 1 Sep 2014
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I wasn't all that impressed by this book when I first browsed through it, but on giving it a proper read I found that it's actually really nicely done - there are some really nifty print projects, well explained, and that for the most part don't require all sorts of specialised equipment. I'm really looking forward to trying some more of them out.


Cooking for Geeks: Real Science, Great Hacks, and Good Food
Cooking for Geeks: Real Science, Great Hacks, and Good Food
by Jeff Potter
Edition: Paperback
Price: 15.75

4.0 out of 5 stars I have been a keen cook for many years but even so have learned loads of useful stuff that I never knew, 1 Sep 2014
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This book is packed with fascinating information, I have been a keen cook for many years but even so have learned loads of useful stuff that I never knew. The only reasons why I'm not giving it five stars are that I find the writing style a little annoying and at times patronising, and also the format of the book just feels wrong - the pages are too wide, which I found made it a little awkward to read.


Salad Love: How to Create a Lunchtime Salad, Every Weekday, in 20 Minutes or Less
Salad Love: How to Create a Lunchtime Salad, Every Weekday, in 20 Minutes or Less
by David Bez
Edition: Hardcover

5.0 out of 5 stars Great for summer and winter., 1 Sep 2014
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A really great recipe book - does exactly what it says on the label, contains loads of quick and easy-to-make recipes for salads. We're loving eating new ones from it every day, and really looking forward to trying out some of the winter salad recipes later in the year.


Body Pure 1200 mg Raspberry Ketones
Body Pure 1200 mg Raspberry Ketones
Price: 12.07

3.0 out of 5 stars Who can tell whether they work?, 26 Aug 2014
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I lost (a little) weight while using these. Who can whether that's caused by the tablets, or by the fact that I was focusing more than usual on my diet and exercise levels. Still, they don't seem to have done me any harm, and they leave a rather pleasant raspberry taste in my mouth. Verdict: jury's still out.


Yoga For Dummies
Yoga For Dummies
by Larry Payne PhD
Edition: Paperback
Price: 11.19

3.0 out of 5 stars A good reference book, 26 Aug 2014
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As with most Dummies books, this one is pretty comprehensive. It leads the reader through from some very basic yoga poses and breathing exercises, to more advanced practice. While focused largely on physical ("Hatha") yoga, it makes passing reference to the other major forms of Yoga and to the spiritual elements of yoga practice. However, Yoga is not something that you can really learn from a book - and, to be fair, the authors do make it clear that you will need a yoga teacher to guide you through the poses and ensure that you don't develop bad habits. In addition to this, I found the books writing style occasionally grated a little, and was often quite American-centric. The thoroughness of this guide means that it would be a great reference work for anyone already learning yoga, but I wouldn't recommend using it as your sole guide.


Incredible! Plant Veg, Grow a Revolution
Incredible! Plant Veg, Grow a Revolution
by Pamela Warhurst
Edition: Paperback
Price: 9.09

5.0 out of 5 stars Incredible, inspirational, and a great read., 22 Aug 2014
I bought this book, having seen co-author Pam Warhurst give an incredible talk about the subject to TEDx Houses of Parliament a couple of years ago. The book is written in a style that's every bit as engaging as Pam's rousing talk. It is the story of how Pam and others helped to galvanize a community by growing food everywhere that food could possible be grown - in vacant plots of land and containers all over the town of Todmorden: at the railway station, outside the police station, in the grounds of the local school, and even in the graveyard. As well as telling this fascinating and inspiring story, the book is also a manual for anyone who want to make a similar change in their own neighbourhood. And on top of all that, scattered throughout are some decent recipes for things to make with the food you've grown. If just one person in each town reads this inspiration book and acts upon it, then it really will start a revolution that will change the world.


Mindfulness at Work For Dummies
Mindfulness at Work For Dummies
by Shamash Alidina
Edition: Paperback
Price: 11.89

5.0 out of 5 stars Thorough, and surprisingly good., 18 Aug 2014
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I was skeptical when I picked up this book: mindfulness seems to be the latest buzzword, and I half expected the book to be full of information easily available elsewhere, but shoehorned into a work-related context. I could not have been more wrong. It does kick off with a general introduction to mindfulness, with exercises to develop your mindful skills, but then the work-related sections really set it apart from any other book on the market. It goes into great detail, with very clear guidance and exercises for the reader, to explain how mindfulness can be used in diverse situations, from just getting on with your day-to-day tasks and coping with stress, to avoiding digital distractions, managing people, and building mindfulness within an organisaton. Despite being so thorough, the book is well-written with a flow that makes it easy to follow.


HTML5 Games: Creating Fun with HTML5, CSS3 and WebGL
HTML5 Games: Creating Fun with HTML5, CSS3 and WebGL
by Jacob Seidelin
Edition: Paperback
Price: 19.03

4.0 out of 5 stars Well-written tutorial on most aspects of HTML/CSS/JavaScript game building., 13 Aug 2014
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This book leads the reader through the creation of a simple HTML game, and in so doing introduces key features including guidelines for drawing, animation, 3D, sound, event handling, concurrency/threading, saving persistent data, and building games which are flexible enough to work across multiple platforms both on desktops and phones. It's probably not a book for complete beginners - early code samples seem to assume at least some familiarity with HTML and JavaScript - but for anyone with some level of technical competence it should provide a very useful primer. The book is well-written, and the code samples clear, concise and relevant, making the process easy to follow. It's not comprehensive - for example the author leads the reader through building the sort of basic functionality which, in a "real-world" application, would be left for a framework such as JQuery to handle; this approach provides a good understanding of all all components of the game, but perhaps a little less well prepared for real-world development using multiple libraries. Still, as a whole the book is very well-structured, easy to follow and extremely useful.


Developing Analytic Talent: Becoming a Data Scientist
Developing Analytic Talent: Becoming a Data Scientist
by Vincent Granville
Edition: Paperback
Price: 18.35

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2.0 out of 5 stars For advanced students only. Poorly written., 12 Aug 2014
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The author of this book suffers from a common problem of academics: although he clearly knows his subject extrememly well, he is not particularly good at communicating that knowledge, and the result is a poorly written, difficult to read mess which is crying for the attention of a good editor. Additionally, most of the material presented here will require a good grounding in data analytics and statistics: although Mr Granville claims to offer an introduction into the topic for executives and Java programmers, even the introductory chapter is crammed full with bulleted lists of technical jargon which is only ever explained poorly, if at all. The premise of the book is that data science, and the analysis of "big data" is a rapidly evolving field, and many courses and guidebooks approach its problems using outdated tools and mindsets. Unfortunately in making this point, the author has a tendency to come across as rather holier-than-thou. At times his sniping becomes petty, for example when he berates a competitor's book for including an example showing the reader how to build a Twitter "what the author calls a word cloud", he feels it necessary to point out that this "has nothing to do with cloud computing", at which point I felt like shouting "YES, AND CLOUD COMPUTING HAS NOTHING TO DO WITH A CUMULONIMBUS, WHAT IS YOUR POINT EXACTLY?"

All of which is a shame, as the book does contain plenty of valuable and seasoned wisdom, but it's so painful to get at that I would recommend that only advanced students of data analysis tackle this book. In the introduction the author states that "much of the text was initially published over the last three years on the Data Science Central website". To be frank, it shows: as a series of articles intended for a core technical audience, this stuff is fine, but as an introductory or bridge guide, it is not.


Braun TS755 Iron, 2400 Watt, White/ Blue
Braun TS755 Iron, 2400 Watt, White/ Blue
Price: 69.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Smooth, strong, reliable iron., 21 July 2014
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Like most people, I'm no fan of ironing. But with this iron... well, it's still ironing, but it's just a little bit easier than with other ones I've had to use in the past. It heats up quickly, glides smoothly over fabrics, and is surprisingly easy to get into even the most niggly little collars and corners. It holds a decent amount of water, and the steam function does a good job on hard-to-remove creases. There's even an auto switch-off function for doofuses like me who are inclined to forget to unplug it after use. If I could change one thing on it, it would be to have a longer cable - 2.5m is not too shabby, but I would like to be able to use it a bit further away from the wall socket.


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