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CHILDRENS KIDS WOODEN ANIMAL TABLE & 2 CHAIRS FURNITURE SET NURSERY
CHILDRENS KIDS WOODEN ANIMAL TABLE & 2 CHAIRS FURNITURE SET NURSERY
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very pleased with it, 14 Sep 2014
My son, aged 2, loves this - he comes down in the morning and immediately wants to sit in his chair. It's obviously not super high quality in terms of the materials used, but then who spends serious cash on furniture for small kids, considering it will be scribbled over and generally abused? Solid enough for what it needs to do.


Without Fail: (Jack Reacher 6)
Without Fail: (Jack Reacher 6)
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3.0 out of 5 stars Odd departure from the usual, 19 Aug 2014
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Implausible as ever, and not one where it was easy to care if Reacher won or not to be honest - Americans might care more, but the usual attraction of Reacher is usually that he is defending the innocent or otherwise defenceless against some well armed psycho. Here he's defending the Vice President and the Secret Service - hardly the most likely customers for Reacher's skills, and I found myself saying 'really?' when reading about how Reacher was schooling the Secret Service on protecting VIPs, when that is their entire job.


The Hard Way: (Jack Reacher 10)
The Hard Way: (Jack Reacher 10)
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3.0 out of 5 stars The usual formula, 19 Aug 2014
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I might have read too many of these now! This one has the usual combination of unbelievable coincidence and ludicrously stupid villains. However, what saves it as usual is the frenetic pace and the great sense of location. The move over to the UK is a bonus too. The ending is a bit flat.


House of Debt: How They (and You) Caused the Great Recession, and How We Can Prevent It from Happening Again
House of Debt: How They (and You) Caused the Great Recession, and How We Can Prevent It from Happening Again
Price: £7.72

2.0 out of 5 stars Too thin, 19 Aug 2014
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The idea of this book is remarkably simple - that mortgage debt and in particular the refusal to consider writing some of it off in economic downturns creates and then exacerbates recessions. The research to back this up seems credible. However, the book seems to end midstream - it's half a book really, and has no developed policy recommendations except that the pain of default should be shared between the borrowers and lenders. Seems right in principle, but the knock on consequences aren't really explored - credit might, for example, be more expensive as a result.


61 Hours: (Jack Reacher 14)
61 Hours: (Jack Reacher 14)
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3.0 out of 5 stars Not one of his best ones, 19 Aug 2014
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As usual, the book rips along at quite a pace, and the atmosphere of freezing South Dakota is evoked very well. However, the plot is pretty thin, and the bad guy easily spotted early on. In particular, Reacher is not subject to the usual push back from local law enforcement at all - it stretches credibility really. The device whereby the cops in the town all end up occupied at a certain point is also ludicrous - suspension of disbelief is pretty hard.


Glorious Ibiza Food (& Music!)
Glorious Ibiza Food (& Music!)
by Sid Shanti
Edition: Hardcover

3.0 out of 5 stars Bought the book more for the author than the cookery, but is interesting enough, 19 April 2014
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Don't normally buy cookbooks, I have to admit - I bought this because Sid is a total legend and he blew me away when I heard him DJ in the late 90s in Japan. He clearly knows his cookery though - I was looking for bit more about his life as a DJ to be honest, and I can't be alone in that. How about a biography? On the cooking front, he tells us the reader a bit of the backstory of the food and it's ingredients, which is interesting.


Flash Boys
Flash Boys
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4.0 out of 5 stars Not his best, but perhaps his most important?, 19 April 2014
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This book was easy to read and held my interest, but the narrative seemed to jump about a bit - not obvious for example that there is a clear connection between the main group of characters and the Goldman Sachs programmer jailed for stealing code, except via the wider theme.

For my money, Liar's Poker is still his best book, but this one is (if it's true and there's not more to the story) probably his most important. Investors are, according to the book, being systematically robbed by market players.


The Road to Recovery: How and Why Economic Policy Must Change
The Road to Recovery: How and Why Economic Policy Must Change
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4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting idea worth considering, 3 Nov 2013
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Although this book is a bit repetitive, and the charts are annoying on Kindle, the core idea is worth considering - essentially, the problem with the current set up is that corporate management are fixated on ramping the share price, and the system is pretty much geared to encouraging them to do so.


Never Go Back: (Jack Reacher 18)
Never Go Back: (Jack Reacher 18)
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3.0 out of 5 stars Not his best, 13 Sep 2013
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Not bad, but there was insufficient tension in this to make it as good as the best Reachers. At no point did I ever feel he was going to lose as the bad guys were not scary enough, the plot was full of even more holes than usual, and the end was pretty pedestrian.

Maybe Mr Child needs to drop Reacher now and develop a different character?


Mass Flourishing: How Grassroots Innovation Created Jobs, Challenge, and Change
Mass Flourishing: How Grassroots Innovation Created Jobs, Challenge, and Change
Price: £14.24

11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Not enough substance, 13 Sep 2013
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Though this book is well written, there is not enough to it to justify the price or the time involved in reading it. Essentially it is one long platitude - market capitalism is the best way of providing people with satisfying lives - but very light on any kind of substantiating data. For example, the author assures us that people were/are extremely satisfied with jobs in factories - the evidence for this though is somewhat lacking and the counter argument (that such routine jobs are soul destroying and people take them because capitalism effectively gives them no choice) is not defeated.

I actually have some sympathy with what seems to be Phelps' main point - that modern capitalism is insufficiently able to take risks to be sustainable - but he does surprisingly little to prove it.


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