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Another Man's Moccasins (Walt Longmire Book 4)
Another Man's Moccasins (Walt Longmire Book 4)
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4.0 out of 5 stars Another great Wyoming novel with a wonderful new character, 17 Jun 2014
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I love Craig Johnson's Longmire books and this is a worthy example; but I found it harder to get into the Vietnam war flashback sequences than the home-based sections.

As always, Johnson's strength lies in his characterisation and stripped-down dialogue. Walt's relationship with Vic is proving to be dysfunctional as ever, and the introduction of the taciturn, damaged giant Virgil White Buffalo is a real plus.

Really glad that The Murder Room have released these editions of older Longmire novels in ebook format. On to the next book!


Goddess Legacy: Goddess Series Book 1 (Young Adult / New Adult Series)
Goddess Legacy: Goddess Series Book 1 (Young Adult / New Adult Series)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Poorly written and a really bad representation of a relationship, 5 Aug 2013
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This has the makings of a decent story. Unfortunately the writing is so bad that it's impossible to enjoy it.

Also the way the heroine relates to and treats her boyfriend really depresses me. He seems like a decent guy, but she constantly flaunts her sexuality in his face and then backs away when he responds. There is a word for this, but I don;t want to spell it out in a review of a so-called YA novel.

Thirdly, I know it is a very esoteric complaint, but if the author has chosen to base a book on Greek mythology, she should at the very least have done some decent research on the topic. I couldn't believe some of the silly storylines she fabricated from the mythology.

Not for me.


American Hero-Myths A Study in the Native Religions of the Western Continent
American Hero-Myths A Study in the Native Religions of the Western Continent
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1.0 out of 5 stars Victorian-era pomposity at its worst, 22 April 2013
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This is a turgid read but very much in the style of the time. If you can get over the long-windedness and unconscious air of superiority of the Christian 'civilised man' against an indigenous culture, there may be some useful information in this book, but I didn't find it.


Wolf Night (Cassandra Bick Chronicles)
Wolf Night (Cassandra Bick Chronicles)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Vampires and witches and werewolves - oh my!, 22 April 2013
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A worthy successor to 'Dark Dates', Sinclair's first Cassandra Bick novel, this is another romp around London's non-human underworld. Fast-moving and bursting with snarky wit, this is a great read. Enjoy!


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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars 100% is 200% brilliant, 29 Jun 2012
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This review is from: 100% (Audio CD)
Lots of people have been going on about the amazing tunes on this album and I just want to say, yes, the tunes are superb and cunningly crafted to spark off memories in your mind of key favourite music from the past or times in your life.
But the LYRICS, folks - witty, sad, heartfelt, rousing, daft, inspiring, funny, ironic and just staggeringly perfect. And Ginger has the knack of setting the most despairing lyrics to the most beautiful, poppy tunes so you hardly notice the sentiment behind the song until you catch yourself thinking - what? what was he singing about there? and thank God he survived that bleak period in his life and was able to turn it into a song to share with us all.
Not that this album's all doom and gloom - I defy anyone to sing along to New Reputation without grinning. But read the lyrics on the sleeve (if you're lucky enough to have the album in media that includes a cover) and marvel at this man's genius, with words and music.
Enjoy your success, Ginger - after all these years of unrecognised brilliance, you SO deserve it.


The Lost Art
The Lost Art
by Simon Morden
Edition: Paperback

4.0 out of 5 stars Fascinating and moving, 3 Oct 2011
This review is from: The Lost Art (Paperback)
I've just finished The Lost Art and found it enthralling.
The characters are very well drawn and there's a lot of dry humour around what is a mostly dark, depressing story. lightened only by the irrepressible tendency of humans to keep on surviving in the most awful circumstances.
I would never have thought this was a YA novel though.
Wish this was a series, but I understand he's written a cycle around post-apocalyptic London so I may have to give that a try.


Lonely Werewolf Girl: Number 1 in series
Lonely Werewolf Girl: Number 1 in series
by Martin Millar
Edition: Paperback
Price: 10.99

3 of 9 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Candidate for worst werewolf novel of all time, 8 April 2010
This may be one of the worst written books I have ever read.
The tragedy is that somewhere buried beneath all the verbiage, repetition, cliche, awkward vocabulary, bad grammar and ill-researched background detail there is a good story, which actually made me keep reading on to the bitter end, through a haze of irritation and disappointment.
Actually I don't blame the writer, but the editor. With a lot of disciplined cutting, honing and re-writing, this book could have been good. As it is, the flabbiness of the descriptive passages, the constant repetition and the clumsy, unnatural phrasing drag the storyline down instead of supporting and enhancing it.
Also there is no clear intention to the writing. Sometimes it seems like gritty urban fantasy, sometimes broad comedy, or even romantic froth. The violence is graphic and mostly gratuitous, the humour puerile, the characterisation feeble, and any of the intended audience groups would be turned off by at least one facet of the structure.
I get the feeling the author could have done much better with just a little more effort.
I would suggest next time he reads the text aloud to himself while writing and re-writes anything that doesn't flow smoothly on the tongue, cuts out half the descriptive passages and characterisation (if the characters are sufficiently well-drawn, the reader can work out their relevance to the plot without being constantly reminded).
To quote just one of the many annoying examples:
p.31 "The cousins of whom the family did not speak were ... Beauty and Delicious were twins ... it was years since either of them had voluntarily transformed into a werewolf. They had long forgotten how to do it, though they still enjoyed the monthly full moon transformation" -
p.63 "The cousins about whom the family did not speak were twins... the twins could no longer change at will into werewolf form. They had forgotten how. They still transformed on the wolf nights around the full moon" -
OK, we got it the first time.
All in all, a huge disappointment.


Philips DVP3310/05 DVD Player - Black
Philips DVP3310/05 DVD Player - Black

7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Misleadingly described as "multi-region" but is hackable, 8 Sep 2009
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When researching DVD players I was specifically looking for multi-region and searched Amazon on that term. This unit came up and the price and spec were right so I purchased it.
Now I think most people looking for multi-region mean regions 1 and 2, or 2 and 4 - but when this player arrived and I read the manual, it turned out to be regions 2 and 5. Where's 5, you may ask? Answer - Russia.
Not much use to your average UK buyer, I would think - so it's my opinion that the precise regions covered by a so-called "multi-region" player should be made clear in Amazon's item description.
However, I had already noted from the Amazon reviews I had read before buying that it is possible to hack this unit to be region-free if necessary.
Apart from that disappointing initial impression, the player was easy to install and works fine. I've found it to be a good value, reliable unit, basic but does everything you need.


Coby TFDVD7008D 7 inch Portable DVD Player
Coby TFDVD7008D 7 inch Portable DVD Player

17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent spec for the price, let down by small details, 8 Sep 2009
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I bought this player for my son to use while in hospital, so wasn't looking for anything long-lasting or sophisticated. However, we have been pleasantly surprised by the spec and the quality. It reads well from USB, has a good battery life and a mains adaptor is included.
Just a few minor details which detract from its overall performance:
* Playing a DVD creates a lot of background buzz, so loud that it can be heard above the soundtrack on headphones.
* It doesn't automatically remember where you stopped and there is no fast-forward or reverse, so if you have to stop mid-item for any reason you have to start again from the beginning of the track (infuriating).
* The remote control is difficult to use as the signal needs to be directed squarely at the narrow front edge of the unit. Also we feel it would have been handy to have a docking port within the unit or on the lid to slide the remote into when not in use to prevent it getting lost.
* No carrying case.
But all in all, very useful as a cheap portable.


Songs From The Floodplain
Songs From The Floodplain
Price: 8.99

3 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Post-apocalypse anthems for a new generation, 27 Mar 2009
When I was growing up in the 1950s and 60s, we had our global threats - nuclear war, the Suez crisis - and we had our prophets, writers and musicians to document the angst of our generation.
As Pete Townshend captured the mood of the 70s with 'Lifehouse', Jon Boden has created this little gem of an album which celebrates the resilience of a people struggling to survive in a fuel-poor, clergy-led society, and "dreaming under their breath" of freedom.
Gentle folk-rock melodies underpin sharp and sometimes cynical lyrics, with the occasional ode to a wild-spirited gypsy girl who keeps hope alive in a downtrodden heart.
Uplifts the darkest soul - play it loud, and then see him perform it live.


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