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Book of God
Book of God
Price: £7.31

4.0 out of 5 stars A modern, easy style, 24 Dec 2011
This review is from: Book of God (Kindle Edition)
I was given the paperback edition of this book some time ago but struggled with it. It's quite a chunky tome and after a while I gave up.

Seeing that it was available on the Kindle, I thought I'd give it another try. I don't know whether it's because it is so much easier to read a book on the Kindle, but this time round I found it fascinating.

It's basically the "interesting" bits of the Bible, without all the bits that you normally skip e.g. the long genealogies, the obscure laws etc. Written in the style of a modern novel it takes the main stories and offers them in a way that makes for easy reading.

What's included and what's missed out seems at times a bit arbitrary and in places the story gets rather long-winded.

That said, it's a fascinating modern version of the main Bible stories, and can be read as an addition to the original.

The Great Boer War
The Great Boer War

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A fascinating account, 24 Dec 2011
I downloaded this book specifically to research the death of a member of the 14th King's Hussars. I knew the date of his death (13th February 1900) and that he died at Modder River, but I wanted to know what had been happening in the area at the time.

This book proved very helpful, as it gives a lot of very detailed information about day-to-day events. I ended up reading the book from cover to cover and found it a fascinating account of a War that I knew little about.

Sapper Martin
Sapper Martin
Price: £3.79

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A memorable and moving account, 18 Dec 2011
This review is from: Sapper Martin (Kindle Edition)
This diary describes what life was really like for the ordinary Tommy. Much of the day to day routine was monotonous and dreary, the physical conditions at times appalling and all this was interspersed with moments of humour but also of sheer horror and terror.

The importance of messages from home is clear, as was the relationships formed with officers - some good and some bad. Mentions of a couple of near mutinies, where the officers ended up backing-down, illustrate the pressures that men were under.

The diary is well edited by Richard van Emden, who also provides an informative introduction and occasional notes within the diary to explain the background to particular events.

At the end of the diary there is small collection of photographs of Sapper Martin which proved particularly moving.

All in all a very memorable and moving account of the life of a British Tommy in the Great War.

Breakfast at the Hotel Déjà vu: A Novella
Breakfast at the Hotel Déjà vu: A Novella
Price: £0.99

10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A very enjoyable story, 18 Dec 2011
This well-written story tells of an MP who was exposed (he feels unjustly) in the expenses scandal. He then finds out he is ill with cancer, decides to take a break to write his memoirs and checks into a hotel where he stayed many years ago.

The question is - what exactly is going on in the hotel. Where are the staff, what's happening to his memoirs, what's the problem with his memory and who are the woman and child he keeps on seeing.

I was a little surprised to reach the ending when my Kindle was only reading 70%. However the remainder consists of a few chapters from The Legacy of Hartlepool Hall, the author's next novel due out in 2012.

Overall an excellent story which I very much enjoyed reading.
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Twas the Night before Christmas A Visit from St. Nicholas
Twas the Night before Christmas A Visit from St. Nicholas
Price: £0.00

5.0 out of 5 stars A Christmas classic, 10 Dec 2011
This popular Christmas poem was originally called "A Visit from St. Nicholas", but is now usually referred to as "'Twas the Night Before Christmas".

It was written by Dr. Clement C. Moore in the early part of the 19th century for his children and became popular after it was printed in a newspaper.

This version was first published in 1912 and was illustrated with pictures by Jessie Willcox Smith, sadly missing from the Kindle edition. It includes an introduction giving a brief biography of Dr. Moore and the background to the poem.

It was great to read this old favourite - a real "back to childhood" moment. Highly recommended.

How to Publish and Sell Your Article on the Kindle: 12 Tips for Short Documents
How to Publish and Sell Your Article on the Kindle: 12 Tips for Short Documents
Price: £1.96

12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Not just for those who want to publish and sell, 10 Dec 2011
I don't want to publish and sell any articles on the Kindle, so why did I buy this book?

Well, I've got a number of short Microsoft Word documents that I wanted to put on my Kindle for reference. When I emailed them to myself a lot of the formatting had gone wrong, things like extra (or missing) blank lines between paragraphs, lack of indents etc.

After some fairly unsuccessful experimenting, I downloaded this book and was able to solve all my formatting problems quickly and easily.

I'm sure the sections on publishing etc. are very useful, but for me the formatting information makes this an excellent book to keep in my reference section.

A Married Man's Guide To Christmas
A Married Man's Guide To Christmas
Price: £3.63

3.0 out of 5 stars Difficult to sustain, 10 Dec 2011
This book makes a good start and raised many a chuckle over the first few chapters.

However, the basic concept (a bloke's take on Christmas) was difficult to sustain and had really run out of steam long before the final (18th) chapter.

A Little Book of Christmas
A Little Book of Christmas
Price: £0.00

13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Delighful short stories for Christmas, 4 Dec 2011
Four delightful short stories, all with a Christmas theme.

The first is "The Conversion of Hetherington" - a story about a wealthy man who temporarily stands in for a poor man employed to be a Santa.

The second is "The Child Who Had Everything But" - about a man who is taken by a ghost to visit a sad little boy.

The third is "Santa Claus and Little Billee" - about a boy who gets lost and meets "Santa"

Finally there's "The House of the Seven Santas" - about a freezing child who is rescued by some benevolent men stranded at their Club during a snowstorm.

The stories were published in 1912 but have a real Victorian/Dickensian Christmas feel about them.

There are also a few poems with Christmas themes thrown in for good measure.

Heart-warming Christmas reading.

A Christmas Carol
A Christmas Carol

5.0 out of 5 stars Delighful Christmas Classic, 4 Dec 2011
This review is from: A Christmas Carol (Kindle Edition)
I don't intend to outline the story as I'm sure most people must know it by now.

It's probably sufficient to say that this is a delightful Christmas classic. Download it, put your feet up and have a Happy Christmas!

Creating Reports with Microsoft Excel: The How-To Guide
Creating Reports with Microsoft Excel: The How-To Guide
Price: £1.64

4.0 out of 5 stars Instructive, 16 Nov 2011
This is a very useful book for the average, largely self-taught, Excel user. It contains many useful tips, tricks and simpler ways of working, but needs a few graphics in places.

That said this book is very instructive and well worth keeping for reference.

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