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Finish Quantum Original 2 x Pack of 30 (60 Dishwasher Tablets)
Finish Quantum Original 2 x Pack of 30 (60 Dishwasher Tablets)
Price: £12.00

4.0 out of 5 stars Gleaming, 28 Jan. 2015
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Very effective and use these all the time. For some reason they do seem to have the better finish. Stuff comes out of the machine gleaming and we do get a reasonable life out of our glasswear before it starts to show wear. Obviously easy to use, so easy you don't even think about it, slap one in and away you go.
Wouldn't use anything else.


Something Red
Something Red
by Douglas Nicholas
Edition: Paperback
Price: £9.66

4.0 out of 5 stars Atmospheric, 28 Jan. 2015
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This is one of those rare books that pop up and you feel that you are reading something different and a little bit special. Set in Medieval times, it is part historical, part horror and part coming of age and with a touch of fantasy. The author is an established poet and you can tell his love of words and language in every element of this novel including an ability to capture an age and time that is rare, even in historical fiction.

This is, in headline terms, about a small group of travellers in thirteenth century Northern England circa coming up against something evil and even castle walls may not protect them. But they have a secret weapon - themselves.

So I very much enjoyed this with only one minor frustration (which stopped me going 5 stars). The language. Modern dialect is not used and although I prefer to read modern dialect, I can cope without it. Here we have with the main characters some old fashion speech, but now and then the locals interact with them with even more challenging dialect:

“He were in terrible dolor, Mistress, and part of his face tore at, sithee. He were just chuntering’, verra low. ‘Twere hard to hear ‘im, an’ harder tae ken what he were on aboot: summat aboot a fox, he talked of nowt else for a time”

I do find it frustrating if I am jerked out of the flow of a story to have to re-read something and translate it in my head, I really hope the author avoids these extremes in future books. Having said that, I still have no hesitation in recommending this, it is multi-layered, very well written and deeply atmospheric.


Tom Clancy's Full Force and Effect (Jack Ryan Book 10)
Tom Clancy's Full Force and Effect (Jack Ryan Book 10)
Price: £8.55

5.0 out of 5 stars another strong entry in series, 21 Jan. 2015
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Mark Greaney continues the Clancy legacy with another strong entry. This does indeed capture the Clancy style of providing both the ‘big picture’ and World Leader level, along with the operatives at the coal face where there is a different sort of danger.

In this we have the dastardly North Koreans with a young new dictator, brainwashing their own people while seeking revenge on the West. A very bleak picture is portrayed of life in North Korea and I hope it is exaggerated for the sake of those who live under the regime!

While President Ryan deals with the politics and burdens of command, son Jack Jr is at work as a covert operative and their different areas of focus come closer than either of them could possible imagine.

This is a slow build, I was reading thinking it was okay but not feeling blown away when almost without me noticing, the book changed gear and I found myself unable to put it down.

So it is another winner, the blend of the traditional Clancy style and characters but with a breezy update from Mark Greaney.


The Final Minute
The Final Minute
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5.0 out of 5 stars pace and quality as usual, 19 Jan. 2015
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If you wanted a definition of a “thriller” or a “page turner”, then Simon Kernick is your man. The down side to his books is that they are hard to put down and will generally be consumed in two or three sessions, so the reading pleasure is over all too quickly.

Here we have a man with amnesia, this is complicated by the fact he appears to be a prisoner and people are not who they appear to be. Oh, and the added complication that there are those that want him dead. As he gains freedom, it appears that the one person who might be able to help him is Tina Boyd, ex-cop and regular in the Kernick novels. Fans will delight at the welcome return of Boyd (and some other familiar characters) as they (and we) try to work out what is going on.

The author does his usual of switching between character perspective (first and third) which keeps us on our toes througout this gritty thriller.

Simon Kernick, along with Stephen Leather, is an automatic buy for me. Great writing and one of Britain’s best.


Crysis 3 - Hunter Edition (PC DVD)
Crysis 3 - Hunter Edition (PC DVD)

4.0 out of 5 stars Crysis? What Crysis?, 12 Jan. 2015
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Enjoyed this, yes more of the same but that "same" was and is, a pretty good concept. Some changes to the nanosuit here and also the introduction of a bow (okay but I found myself not using it that much) but otherwise what you would expect. It's linier with some very nicwe graphics and seemed to be the right level of skill requirement. The nanosuit can be upgraded but you have to go in and select what upgrades you want for any particular occasion, and I found myself not bothering, likewise with the bow.
But I have to say this was a welcome return to the Crysis universe.


Better Off Dead: (Victor the Assassin 4)
Better Off Dead: (Victor the Assassin 4)
by Tom Wood
Edition: Paperback
Price: £3.49

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3.0 out of 5 stars okay but nit best in series, 12 Jan. 2015
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Victor is a great character, an anti-hero by nature of the fact he is an assassin, but he only seems to kill bad guys, so that’s okay then. This one was not quite up to the standards of the previous novels but was still a page turner. Victor feels obliged to protect a woman in London as a debt so is a fish out of water as he normally is the hunter, not the protector. We see lots of tradecraft (borderline OCD!) and then Victor outside of his comfort zone as he strives to protect while finding out the source of the attacks.
Lots of London based action, but a couple of frustrations. We have clearly seen how careful Victor is and this is established very early, then we see him go out of character and do some stupid and risky things. Also the big reveal about what this is all about felt a bit flat and under-whelming. So while this was okay it could have, and should have, been a lot better.


Lost & Found
Lost & Found
by Brooke Davis
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £9.09

3.0 out of 5 stars This was okay but not quite the big 'next best thing' I was expecting, 12 Jan. 2015
This review is from: Lost & Found (Hardcover)
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This was okay but not quite the big 'next best thing' I was expecting. It is a story of an abandoned girl, a widowed pensioner and a very grumpy old woman being thrown together to find the girls mother, but in reality finding themselves. It is a mix of pathos and humour but does have an odd style which was hard to adjust to. I quite enjoyed it but found it harder work than it should have been.


Pink Floyd Coaster, Dark Side Of The Moon
Pink Floyd Coaster, Dark Side Of The Moon
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Price: £3.45

5.0 out of 5 stars Nice coaster, 6 Jan. 2015
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A nice coaster representing the greatest album of all time.


Foxglove Summer (Rivers of London 5)
Foxglove Summer (Rivers of London 5)
by Ben Aaronovitch
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £10.49

4.0 out of 5 stars Magic in the sticks, 6 Jan. 2015
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This is the fifth book in a very engaging series featuring a young constable in the Met who is also an apprentice wizard. When, in rural Herefordshire, a couple of young girls go missing, Peter is sent out into the sticks to double check that a local retired wizard was not involved.

So Peter ends up in a side investigation into potential magical elements and calls river goddess Beverley Brook in to assist. Together they discover that there is a lot going on in the area and indeed magic may well have been involved in the girls disappearance.

The previous books have shown a love and interest in London and I did miss that element, here Peter is a bit of a fish out of water but we do learn that the countryside has a very different kind of magic. Not much from Nightingale or Molly and some slight interactions with the treacherous Lesley, but the “Faceless Man” story gets parked for Peter’s trip to the country.

Enjoyable as always, but I hope we find Peter back in the smoke for the next one.


On Scope (Kyle Swanson Series Book 7)
On Scope (Kyle Swanson Series Book 7)
Price: £1.90

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3.0 out of 5 stars Swanson goes Rapp...., 5 Jan. 2015
This is a series that has hit quite a few highs, but isn’t quite sure what space it is trying to occupy. Starting with a sniper as the main character, he has now turned into some kind of Mitch Rapp super-soldier. And the series itself is starting to nudge towards the space left by the sad loss of Vince Flynn. Lots here about the Special Forces trying to do the right thing but being hampered by politicians and those who seek to under-mine the good old US of A. This one has the gang assassinating a group that have supported and funded the bombing of a US embassy in Spain and the book tries to justify this with too many character conversations about the fact that what they are doing is right. “Coastie” is now a full member of the team and a welcome alternative focus but this does feel a little bit like it is struggling to derive complex plots and then slot a sniper into the story.


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