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Funniest University Stories 2012 Edition
Funniest University Stories 2012 Edition

1.0 out of 5 stars Not funny collection of stories of stupid antics, 21 May 2012
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Sorry, but this book just wasn't funny in the slightest bit. It was a collection of stories which students had sent in about the stupid antics of their friends, or themselves. Unfortunately stupidity is normally just not funny, it is just stupidity, period. I don't think I even smiled once while reading this entire short book, let alone laughed, it was just so plain boring - even though I persevered to the end in the hope that there might actually be a funny story or two. No doubt some students would have a different point of view but for anyone else, give it a miss. If it had been titled 'Stupidest University Stories' then maybe I would have given it a higher rating as it would have been an accurate title as there were certainly quite a number of stupid antics but 'funniest', no, not at all.


A Corpse at St Andrews Chapel (The Chronicles of Hugh De Singleton, Surgeon)
A Corpse at St Andrews Chapel (The Chronicles of Hugh De Singleton, Surgeon)

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A very worthy read, 21 May 2012
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Not having read any of the other books by this author before I was unsure how he would shape up but I was very pleasantly surprised. The story was well written and kept one's interest throughout and seemed pretty authentic in its description of medieval life. Certainly there were no glaring inconsistencies and I would say that he knows his period well. Mel Starr's style and approach was very similar to the great Ellis Peters and I would say he could definitely give her a run for the money. A very worthy read.


Blastoff Uranus! E-Reader Edition
Blastoff Uranus! E-Reader Edition
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3.0 out of 5 stars More of a script for a TV programme, 21 May 2012
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This didn't read like a book at all but much more as a script for a TV series. I can see that as a TV show it could have possibilities especially as there would be many opportunities for good graphics and some screw-ball antics. However as a written story only, it was just OK and only mildly amusing - just interesting enough for me to carry on reading to the end but only just and I was starting to get a bit fed up with some of the characters who were a bit too juvenile for my tastes. The humour was definitely pretty low-brow on the whole.
Be sure though to get the E-Reader edition rather than the earlier edition as the first one was so badly formatted on the Kindle that I gave up very early on! It was only when the E-Reader version came out that I carried on till the end.


The Devil & Venus di Milo, A Prequel to Witches Anonymous
The Devil & Venus di Milo, A Prequel to Witches Anonymous
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5.0 out of 5 stars Entertaining, funny and sexy, 21 May 2012
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Excellent prequel to the main story, as the title indicates, so don't expect more than a taster but definitely for me a taster well worth experiencing. I hadn't come across the author before but was entranced by her engaging, entertaining, funny, and sexy, approach to writing. This is one modern witch I would love to get to know better through her further adventures.


Goodbye, Cruel World - (a dark scifi comedy)
Goodbye, Cruel World - (a dark scifi comedy)

5.0 out of 5 stars An amusing tale, 21 May 2012
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A very amusing tale by Michael McGee. Not your average fairy tale in the slightest and much more of a cast of anti heroes and that was what made it so much fun. Far too short and could easily have been made into a much longer story but I suppose that's the key, always leave your audience wanting more and I certainly wanted more. I look forward to trying out some of his other publications.


The Encyclopedia of George Carlin Jokes (Jokelopedia Presents Book 2)
The Encyclopedia of George Carlin Jokes (Jokelopedia Presents Book 2)

5.0 out of 5 stars Just tells it like it is, a great man, 6 April 2012
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This is certainly not a 'roll about the floor laughing' book, George Carlin was far better than that. The book is a short-ish collection of extracts from a number of his stand up shows. That makes it sometimes a bit tiring to read as it is words meant to be said rather than read, but he was such a great man that one overlooks that.
George Carlin was the ultimate realist and we don't laugh at him but at all the absurd things that people do that he talks about. He provides the perfect reality check and I find that I totally agree with him at least 97%, maybe 98% of the time - and you can't get much better than that. George Carlin should be made compulsory reading not just for every American adult (no, let's include teenagers as well) but for nearly everyone in this world. Unfortunately stupidity is far too ingrained in this world for even George Carlin to bring people to their senses, but if he can get a few more to see some sense, then great, maybe humanity will last just a little bit longer on this Earth.
The only downside to the book is that he does swear quite a bit, though given how the average person behaves, one can't really blame George for the swearing!


The Encyclopedia of Bill Hicks Jokes (Jokelopedia Presents Book 3)
The Encyclopedia of Bill Hicks Jokes (Jokelopedia Presents Book 3)

5.0 out of 5 stars Bill Hicks for President, 28 Mar 2012
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Bill Hicks, what a brilliant man. This collection of some of his monologues gives a brief, but great, overview of the man and his comedy providing extracts from a number of his stand up shows. Maybe not great laugh out loud comedy but boy, does this man tell the truth, and that's a fact. He's not the only one of course but its much easier reading Bill Hicks than say Noam Chomsky or Richard Dawkins, brilliant though they are.
Despite (because?) being a comedian Bill Hicks just spouts the truth and what he says is something all of us in the West need to learn. If he wasn't dead I would say Bill Hicks for President, but then America (and most of the rest of the world) couldn't cope with a politician that tells the truth. The Big Lie is what makes politicians (plus religious and business leaders) powerful and the bigger the lie, the more powerful they get and the more people adore them. Bill Hicks is the perfect antidote to all that poison that we keep getting fed, I wish he was still alive.


Dark Star Safari: Overland from Cairo to Cape Town
Dark Star Safari: Overland from Cairo to Cape Town
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5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best travel books ever, 22 Feb 2012
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Having read nearly all of his travel books, Dark Star is easily his best. Indeed, for me it is one of the best travel books ever written. Paul not only gives a detailed account of his travels and writes superbly with good humour, but also throws in a lot of history, enough to enlighten but not enough to make it more like a history book rather than a travel book as does happen with some travel writers. Paul does not just report on what he sees but he is always asking the question 'why' which is one of the key aspects of any good travel writing. Having worked in some of Eastern and Southern Africa in his younger days he is in a superb position to answer that question both from his own experiences and from the comments of the people that he meets, ranging from simple, near naked, fishermen to the Prime Minister of Uganda. This is not a sanitised view of Africa or a hatchet job, this is writing from an author who clearly loves the continent and its people but who is horrified by how far life has regressed for the ordinary people since he first lived there. Not least because of the disastrous aid culture which has grown up and sapped the will of so many people. No doubt it will be uncomfortable reading to many who seem to think that foreign aid is the answer, but it has clearly failed badly as many highly respected people, Africans and Westerners, have said, as well as Paul. There is more to be learnt about sub-Saharan Africa from Paul's book than any number of other learned but politically correct or self delusional or 'picturesque' books and articles by other writers. A genuinely unbiased book which gives a very fair and balanced view and without belittling others, just the facts. He gives the truth but also celebrates what is good about Africa and Africans, which is more than one usually gets from writers on Africa. Thankfully, Paul doesn't pretend to have the answers but he sure gets to understand the problems. And his story is told by someone who leaves behind the comfortable limo or air conditioned bus and instead travels as the local poor people do. Paul's superb writing makes one feel as if one is sitting right next to him on his journey, but glad that it is him doing the journey rather than me - I like my comforts too much! A great and inspiring travel book.


Mighty Bright Pink Ultrathin LED Book Light
Mighty Bright Pink Ultrathin LED Book Light
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A good product, 4 May 2011
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I bought both this light and the 'Really Tiny Book Light' at the same time as I couldn't decide between them. I loved the latter and bought many more copies to give as gifts as it was so compact and flexible. However, this light is also good but it is somewhat wider and thicker than the Really Tiny Light, so more intrusive. Also the light can be a bit too bright, so is more likely to disturb one's partner. However, it is still a good product and performs the job well. Indeed, if you tend to be heavy handed or have limited flexibility this would be a better product as it is easier to fit to a book or Kindle because it is wider.


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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Really does the business, 4 May 2011
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A really great pan. I have used it 3 times for making chiffon cakes and it has been just perfect. The heat is conducted evenly to the cake and I have had none of the problems that I have had using other pans. The cooked cake also sticks to the side of the upside-down pan while it cools, as it is meant to do when making chiffon cakes, but yet it is still very easy to take the cake out of the pan once it has cooled. Now I can make perfect chiffon cakes so can let my imagination fly with trying out different combinations.
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