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Crossing to Safety
Crossing to Safety
by Wallace Stegner
Edition: Paperback
Price: £7.19

3.0 out of 5 stars Interesting but not an easy read, 28 Oct 2014
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This is an interesting read. It really does sum up the day to day life of the period.
The slow pace works most of the time but there are points where it drags too slowly.


Waiting For Doggo
Waiting For Doggo
by Mark Mills
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £9.09

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable but not as good as it could have been, 28 Oct 2014
This review is from: Waiting For Doggo (Hardcover)
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This is a gentle, amusing little book which gives an easy, comfortable read. It's not challenging but it is worth reading.
Put a dog in a book and the emotion always ramps up, which is what happens here. It's an obvious way to add tenderness and it does work although is a bit clumsy.
I have read previous books from this author and this is a definite lighter read. I preferred the style of the earlier books but this is a pleasant way to pass the time.


Spree
Spree
by Michael Morley
Edition: Paperback
Price: £6.99

4.0 out of 5 stars Great thriller which moves at a great pace, 28 Oct 2014
This review is from: Spree (Paperback)
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I haven't read a book like this for ages but was drawn in by the idea of a "Spree Kiiler Unit" set up by the FBI.
The story starts exactly how a thriller should, there is excitement (with a spree killer and a serial rapist) and great characters with their own personal dilemmas. Jake and Angie are very easy people to like, they are both dealing with rough, tough problems at work but the author manages to combine this with thoughts about their relationship (just like people do in real life).
The plot whips along at a cracking pace which is helped by the short chapters and there are plenty of unexpected twists.
This will never be great fiction but is a really enjoyable read.


Leitz WOW 1005 180 Degree A4 80mm Lever Arch File - Metallic Blue
Leitz WOW 1005 180 Degree A4 80mm Lever Arch File - Metallic Blue
Price: £6.49

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Just what you'd expect with a folder!, 24 Oct 2014
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Lovely colour for a folder and brightens up my study.
Nice solid construction and lever arch mechanism works well.


The Girl With All The Gifts
The Girl With All The Gifts
by M. R. Carey
Edition: Paperback
Price: £3.85

2 of 4 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Promised so much, delivered so little, 24 Oct 2014
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This was my book club choice and not necessarily one I would have chosen, however I do love a good thriller so was looking forward to it.
The initial setting is unfamiliar and disturbing with a group of children who are confined then restrained at all times when out of their cells. They attend lessons but everything else is odd - food and showers being just a couple of examples. Guards, teachers and doctors look after the children which is also unsettling
Over the first few pages lots of questions are raised which is always a great start - what was the Breakdown? Who are the hungries? Quickly the history is explained and the reasons for the "school" become clear.
I felt that the setup was good but the questions were all answered too quickly leaving no more than a predictable survival story left as they go on their journey. The plot is explored from the view point of the various different characters but that seems to give the story a lack of direction and focus. The characters were all predictable and felt moulded to fit the plot rather than the plot working with them - sympathetic teacher, tough guard, hard female scientist, innocent girl as the monster, etc. I quickly reached a point where I did not care what happened to them.
There is plenty of potential here and lots of serious topics but everything is dealt with too simplistically.


The Double (Dover Thrift Editions)
The Double (Dover Thrift Editions)
by Fyodor Dostoyevsky
Edition: Paperback
Price: £2.40

2.0 out of 5 stars Heavy going, 18 Oct 2014
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I bought this book after enjoying the recent film based on this novella.
This was my first Dostoyevsky and I very much suspect it will be my last.
There were many streaks of brilliance running through it but I found it very hard going and struggled.
Nothing here persuaded me to pick up any more of this author's work.


How to Fall in Love
How to Fall in Love
by Cecelia Ahern
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £6.00

3.0 out of 5 stars Standard fare from Cecilia Ahern - good if you know what to expect, 18 Oct 2014
This review is from: How to Fall in Love (Hardcover)
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I have enjoyed a couple of the previous books by this author. They are quick and easy to read books - a bit of a guilty pleasure but a good way to past the time if you are looking for an unchallenging read. You also have to be careful who you recommend them too!
In this novel, there are some fairly serious issues that are tackled amongst the standard fare of scatty women, handsome men, misunderstandings and coincidences. Depression, loss and suicide are major themes throughout the story but are all handled with a light touch.
The narrative flows easily, being split into digestible chapters all with the required mini cliff hanger at the end to encourage you into the next chapter.
There are far too may coincidences but, taking the genre and the market into consideration, it's an OK read.


Survivor (Belle Book 3)
Survivor (Belle Book 3)
Price: £3.49

4.0 out of 5 stars Last in a trilogy, 16 Oct 2014
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This is the last in a trilogy of books which have all been enjoyable to read to the point that they are almost absorbed rather than actually read.
They do come out of a Lesley Pearse mould but that's not completely a big thing as her multitude of fans will show.
I advise reading the other two first but it's not completely essential.


Above
Above
by Isla Morley
Edition: Paperback

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Read it, it will blow your mind!, 16 Oct 2014
This review is from: Above (Paperback)
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The publisher of this book compares it to the novel Room and there are many similarities - a girl is abducted, a child is born and we get the story of their coping mechanisms. I adored Room so was curious to see if this book could match up.
Beyond the basic plot though, this is a very different book. There is a lot of narrative about the time that Blythe and her captor spend together so the reader has the opportunity to try to understand his motives. A lot of description about her life underground is included but many details are left out leaving the imagination of the reader to fill the gaps which makes it more real. It is also interesting how there is a sense of time passing but little measuring of it, to the point that time meant nothing at all.
The book is very dark from the beginning and seems to get darker at every turn, certainly one of the darkest books I have read for a long time. I was completely absorbed into Blythe's world, seeing what she saw and feeling what she felt (helped hugely by the first person narrative).
Fans of Cormac McCarthy may enjoy this book as there are comparisons and it's certainly dark enough.
Unlike many of the other reviews, I'm not going to give away the plot twists as it all came as a massive surprise to me and I would want other people to enjoy it in the same way.


HP - Hewlett Packard PhotoSmart 5524 e All-in-One (364 / SD 534 EE#301) - original - Inkcartridge multi pack (black, cyan, magenta, yellow)
HP - Hewlett Packard PhotoSmart 5524 e All-in-One (364 / SD 534 EE#301) - original - Inkcartridge multi pack (black, cyan, magenta, yellow)
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Price: £22.45

4.0 out of 5 stars Work as expected but quite expensive, 13 Oct 2014
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Having recently bought a new HP printer, I have decided to use the genuine cartridges for a while, although may try the compatible version at some point (past experience shows that they work but seem to damage the printer over time?).
These cartidges are exactly what you would expect but I do struggle to accept the cost of them when they can be so much cheaper as copies.


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