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The Convenience of Lies
The Convenience of Lies
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Corruption at the centre - yet still it holds., 5 April 2016
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Its very like the previous one of his (A Place of Strangers) which I read, same milieu, characters, even the same story in some senses. Still quite fun to read though and the ending is more satisfying. I'm not sure I'd bother with another Seed unless it was clearly set in a different world - he is obviously writing about what he knows, and whilst it is interesting for one book, the upper-middle class privileged world he inhabits is pretty hollow and puffed up with its own self importance and there's not much more of value that can be said about it. He seems to think mobile phones were ubiquitous in 1990 - perhaps they were if you were a journo or a member of the rich elite like Seed. That's mere carping though - its quite a fun read with its echoes of truths about the endemic moral corruption amongst the powerful in 1990 that has not yet been fully exposed and still persists today.
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The Wolf Border
The Wolf Border
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5.0 out of 5 stars Modern literature at its best, 5 April 2016
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Brilliantly mixes the human and the wild, politics and ecology. A very enjoyable read. The elite remain impenetrable and aloof, but Rachel and her closest, including the wolves and the landscape are beautifully drawn. Excellent writing and a good tale to tell.


The Shock of the Fall
The Shock of the Fall
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5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant read. One of those books that gets you ..., 17 Mar. 2016
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9 year old Matt's older brother Simon who has Downs Syndrome dies on a family holiday. 19 year old Matt who is hospitalised and care in the communityed with schizophrenia writes the story of what happened and what is happening to him now.
Brilliant read. One of those books that gets you inside the narrators head in a really convincing way.


The Ocean at the End of the Lane
The Ocean at the End of the Lane
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5.0 out of 5 stars The narrator revisits his childhood home and remembers an extraordinary ..., 17 Mar. 2016
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The narrator revisits his childhood home and remembers an extraordinary series of event when he was 7 involving a family of three female ageless generations of farmers (a girl of his own age, a mother and a grandmother) who it seems can do magic.
Well rooted fantasy creates a believable sense of things happening just on the edge of perception that might be glimpsed by a seven year old boy but remain hidden from adults.


Edward Adrift
Edward Adrift
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5.0 out of 5 stars I love the interior monologue and commentary through which the story ..., 17 Mar. 2016
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I love the interior monologue and commentary through which the story is told. Very easy to get inside Edward's head and quite a pleasure to abide a while there.


Crow Hollow
Crow Hollow
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4.0 out of 5 stars Plot a bit predictable (at least a few dozen pages ..., 17 Mar. 2016
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Plot a bit predictable (at least a few dozen pages in advance) with some very minor twists but well written and entertaining.


The Man Who Went Up in Smoke (The Martin Beck series, Book 2)
The Man Who Went Up in Smoke (The Martin Beck series, Book 2)
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4.0 out of 5 stars interesting characters and good plotline. I'll surely read another Martin Beck next ..., 17 Mar. 2016
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Very pleasing, interesting characters and good plotline. I'll surely read another Martin Beck next time I want a good crime book.


Harmony: A New Way of Looking at Our World
Harmony: A New Way of Looking at Our World
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5.0 out of 5 stars Charlie Windsor and friends tell it like it is, 17 Mar. 2016
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This is quite extraordinary. The three authors have put together a powerful statement. Sadly in the five years since it was published we have done almost nothing to heed the warnings and pick up on the good green shoots that they identify. Inevitably I suppose it is Charlie Windsor who is in the foreground as he tells the story. One consequence is that as a republican I am now quite comfortable with the idea that I will probably vote for him as Head of State should we ever get the chance to grow up and stop being "subjects" of an accident of birth.


The Heart Goes Last
The Heart Goes Last
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Once she was a good writer, 17 Mar. 2016
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Simply awful. Bad plot, bad characterisation, bad dialogue, bad sex, bad ideas. Not funny. Not clever. Not interesting. The decline of a once great author. Sad and totally pointless


Nokia Lumia 1320 SIM-Free Smartphone - Black (Windows, 6-inch, 8 GB)
Nokia Lumia 1320 SIM-Free Smartphone - Black (Windows, 6-inch, 8 GB)
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3.0 out of 5 stars Curates Egg - but better than an Android phone, 3 Dec. 2015
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This is my second attempt to get to grips with a smartphone - the first a Sony Android device two years ago lasted less than a month before I went back to a proper phone.
I chose the 1320 specifically because of its larger screen area so that I could do some blogging and facebooking on a cycling trip as well as use it in place of having to carry my kindle as well. Fortunately I did decide to take my proper camera.
The worst thing is the battery life - if you leave it on it will need recharging after 2 days whereas my proper phone (a Nokia 2720, 6 years old) would last well over a week. However I gather this is normal (or even quite good) for smartphones.
Windows on a phone is certainly a lot more usable than Android (my proper computer is a Macbook not Windows) however there are many compromises. I can't get the calendar to sync 2 ways with either the Mac or a Google calendar. You don't seem to be able to set the default calendar to add events to - it is locked to the Outlook calendar. The camera is pretty rubbish - difficult to use and you can't upload hotos to Wordpress (there isn't an app for that apparently, there used to be but it not longer exists) which made it impossible to put pictures in the blog till I could get to a proper computer. The Facebook app works ok but is quirky so sometimes it is better to use the browser directly.
As a phone it works surprisingly well - voice quality is ok, speakerphone function is good, controls are well laid out. It is really difficult to look something up while you are on the phone though - for example to look up a phone number to tell to the person you are talking to, surely a very common function. To be fair this is not easy on ANY phone I have used and frequently results in having to hang up, look up the number, write it down on paper, and call the original person back - it should be a simple intuitive function.
The gps and map function works well, although the routing does not include a cycle option like google maps or velomaps and you can't edit the route once it has set it. You also cant set preferences (eg avoid main roads) for routing. I have a Garmin Edge on the handlebars for riding, although its small screen is not good for seeing an overview map but fine for routefinding within a city. The 1320 works ok as a replacement for carrying a paper map to use alongside the garmin - so long as it is not raining and you are not wearing gloves (the recent trip was both wet and cold)
There are three dedicated hard buttons along the bottom - back, home and search. Unfortunately the search button brings up something called Cortana which doesn't work. It would be more useful to make the third button configurable to give quick access to a specific app or function.
Email app is basic but works. You can easily set up multiple accounts or combine them. One black mark is that when replying to an email it always includes the original text and you cant edit it or get rid of it.
The Kindle app is rubbish, but works enough to be able to read a book. No search, dictionary, etc functions available.
Text messages are arranged in conversations per person which is good, but you can't delete individual messages in a conversation which is bad.
Despite its size it will fit in a trouser or coat pocket. You need to buy a flip case for it like this one Nokia Lumia 1320 Black Leather Wallet Flip Case Cover Pouch + Free Screen Protector & Touch Stylus Pen + Polishing Cloth
Overall I prefer the 2720 as a phone but will probably stick with this 1320 for occasions when I don't want to carry a laptop. I would still carry a proper camera and a proper kindle if I had space and weight wasn't a consideration though.
When fitting the sim make sure you hang on to the standard sized frame so that you can revert to a proper phone if you need to.


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