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City of Beads: Tubby Dubonnet Series #2 (A Hard-Boiled but Humorous New Orleans Mystery) (The Tubby Dubonnet Series)
City of Beads: Tubby Dubonnet Series #2 (A Hard-Boiled but Humorous New Orleans Mystery) (The Tubby Dubonnet Series)
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3.0 out of 5 stars Not for me - but maybe for you?, 29 April 2016
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With 'City of Beads' it wasn't long before I was skimming through chunks of text, scene descriptions etc that seemed too incidental to be worth the time, and by 32% it just wasn't engaging my interest enough to be worth continuing. It will no doubt appeal to some as the setting and characters definitely have potential, the plot is probably not without merit (not properly qualified to comment having baled out at a skimmed 32%) and perhaps it does pick up later, but it didn't sparkle enough to keep me engaged. No complaints as it was a no-cost special offer. Worth a punt if you like quirky American comedies, which as it happens, I do, but I had just finished a totally different type of novel that had me enthralled, so perhaps 'City of Beads' was just too much of a contrast. It's parked in my 'Try Again if Desperate' folder. Maybe at a different time, in a different mood....


Squall
Squall
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5.0 out of 5 stars Cracking Thriller - Funny Too, 6 Mar. 2016
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This review is from: Squall (Kindle Edition)
Short but sweet, I hugely enjoyed this well written, light and entertaining pacey thriller, executed with a refreshing, modest touch of satirical humour. Likeable characters displaying their human quirkiness and a plot that's credible in the under-world context of feckless druggies, their big-bucks dealers, and regular folk showing their mettle when suddenly faced with the wholly unexpected.
Haven't read a Sean Costello offering before - the prospect of more is delightful. I might even stray from normal genre habits and try one of his horror stories.


The Encyclopedia of Medicinal Plants.
The Encyclopedia of Medicinal Plants.
by Chevallier Andrew
Edition: Hardcover

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Herbal For All Levels of Interest, 8 April 2015
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An excellent herbal with appeal for both professional and lay readers. A useful index of herbs by ailment, and the inclusion of many Chinese and Ayervedic herbs, together with western European and North American medicinal plants, make this a book I often use for reference. Andrew Chevalier has done a praiseworthy job here


Permanent Transience
Permanent Transience
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Gem of Cultural History, 8 April 2015
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A thoroughly enjoyable autobiographical account of the 1980's post-punk music scene. Based mostly in London, there are lots of 'memory lane' references to people and places in the music scene; pleasantly familiar if you were around at the time, but sufficiently engaging and evocative that you might think you were there even if you weren't.
Capturing the zeitgeist of 1980's (& timeless) anti-establishment, low income, avant-garde musical youth subculture in wry, unvarnished observations, Bendle modestly describes a journey of significant musical achievement with very limited resources. From random plinking about in a 'Young One's' style flat-share - sound for sound's sake variously described using phrases such as 'industrial noise' / 'random noise' - to The Door And The Window producing and marketing singles and albums on their own record label that sold well, were reviewed by the music press and gained airtime on mainstream radio. This despite TDATW band members having a philosophical disinclination to rehearse or otherwise bring any formal structure or gig-to-gig continuity to their work. Creativity and reaction seemed the fuel for these artists and while applause could be pleasantly gratifying, a hail of beer bottles might also be taken as a sign of a job well done.
Coming from the youth underclass which the 1980's Conservative government was striving to legislate out of society, TDATW's achievements were a fine parody of the values espoused by Thatcher / Tebbit and their exortations to get on yer bike and be entrepreneurial, no matter how little you had to work with.
On the technical side, the occasionally varying approach to punktuation etc. might at times not suit the overly fastidious, but is a nice fit with the story. I enjoyed the writing style, finding it very easy to get on with, and I wasn't many days into the book before the afternoons would see me looking forward to my twenty-minute or so bedtime immersion into the world of North London's post-punk random noise creatives, living on the fringe of subsistence society. I do like real stories, and this was a real good one.


The Hot Zone: The Chilling True Story of an Ebola Outbreak
The Hot Zone: The Chilling True Story of an Ebola Outbreak
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4.0 out of 5 stars Blood and Bravery, 15 Jan. 2015
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While there is some interesting ebola info, this is primarily a lightweight, easy-read, popular style, thriller novel, nicely written. A good tale of adventure and bravery in the face of tragic adversity, encompassing some of the horrors of our modern world - deadly disease and terrorism - with the offset of some characters acting in the best spirit of human selflessness under the most dreadful circumstances. Glad I wasn't there.


Case Buddy TM Designer Coffee Brown Suede Leather Folio Case for iPad Mini, iPad Mini 2 and iPad Mini 3 with Retina Display Stand Cover
Case Buddy TM Designer Coffee Brown Suede Leather Folio Case for iPad Mini, iPad Mini 2 and iPad Mini 3 with Retina Display Stand Cover
Offered by CB Mobile Accessories
Price: £10.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Not a Bad Case & Great Value, 14 Jan. 2015
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Great value and a nice case. Clipped into the plastic retainer, the iPad mini is securely held within the case and the buttons around the edge are reasonably accessible, though the volume control is a little awkward to get at - not a big problem as I don't often adjust the volume. If I try to prop it at the most shallow angle, the iPad will slip to lie flat, but at anything other than a very shallow angle it stays in place just fine - great for watching movies, but if you're going to do a lot of typing, look for a case that holds it more firmly at shallow angles.
A really good thing about the case is that the faux suede is very grippy - it's not going to slip out of your hand easily or slide / get knocked off any surface it's resting on. The case offers reasonable protection, depending how it lands if you drop it, though if it landed on one of the outer corners, the plastic retaining frame is not going to absorb much impact.
Overall I like it and, at around a tenner, I'd struggle to quibble about the price or value.


New Replacement Rechargeable Battery for Sony Ericsson W580, C902, K770i, K850i, R300, S500i, T303, T650i, W760i, W980, Z770i (930mAh 3.6V BST-38)
New Replacement Rechargeable Battery for Sony Ericsson W580, C902, K770i, K850i, R300, S500i, T303, T650i, W760i, W980, Z770i (930mAh 3.6V BST-38)
Offered by MNZ Technologies Limited
Price: £3.82

5.0 out of 5 stars Great Value New Battery, 10 July 2014
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Great value replacement battery (though a bit slow to arrive). Has been performing according to spec - I'm back to getting nearly a week of standby out of my Sony Erricson mobile:-) Delighted.


The Istanbul Puzzle
The Istanbul Puzzle
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2.0 out of 5 stars Reads Like a First Draft, 12 Sept. 2013
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I finally gave up on this book half way through, wishing I'd stopped at 25%, the point where I gave in to boredom and started to mostly skim-read, picking out the plot-relevant bits.
I liked the plot concept, and was intrigued at the potential of a story set in such a culture-rich city as Istanbul, which is why I persisted, but sadly there was just too much non-contributory padding.
For me, the book read like a literary equivalent of painting by numbers - insert imaginative metaphor here; end this chapter with a line you hope will ratchet up suspense; alternate chapters between the main story and brief accounts of another story-line to keep folk eagerly anticipating their convergence in a gripping climax. Trouble was, there just wasn't enough writer's craft to pull it off. It read like a first draft that needs a lot of tightening up.
With some serious editing and more focus there's probably a good story here, but it needs a lot more work. The Istanbul Puzzle will remain unsolved for me.
Glad I only paid 99p. I'd feel rather peeved to have paid more.


The Marseille Caper
The Marseille Caper
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Crime for Gentlefolk?, 27 Aug. 2013
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Delightfully written, evocative of that elysian region, a laid-back soft-core crime caper. Gentle, affable and charming, it's not going to set your adrenals alight, and may be too easy-going for some. Non addictive literary opium to nod off to and dream of fragrant sunny hillsides in the south of France? I don't mind a bit of that, now and again. Enjoyable.


The Crossroads Brotherhood (VESPASIAN)
The Crossroads Brotherhood (VESPASIAN)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Short and Sweet, 27 Aug. 2013
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I've enjoyed the couple of Vespasian books I've read, and found 'The Crossroads Brotherhood' novella an entertaining aside into the adventures of Rome's rank and file as Magnus, the firm-but-fair, friendly neighbourhood mobster and his colleagues, engineer some creative mayhem to service some tricky demands handed down from on high. Amusing politics of Roman villainy, intrigue, suspense, murder and a good climactic conflagration. Enjoyable read.


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