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The Miniaturist
The Miniaturist
by Jessie Burton
Edition: Paperback
Price: £3.85

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Deft but daft, 2 Feb. 2015
This review is from: The Miniaturist (Paperback)
Not difficult to see what this is popular: a pacy, well-written essentially modern coming-of-age/girl-power yarn set in pearl-earring era Amsterdam. After an arranged marriage Nella arrives at her new home ostensibly from seventeenth century rural Holland, though strangely with the mindset of a twenty-first metropolitan. Her new husband is oddly distant, the lovelorn single sister they live with is clearly bonkers. Making up the household is apparently the only black servant in the city and a feisty maidservant. The husband has business problems and Nella is pestered by the titular ‘miniaturist’ who in true magic-realist fashion sends tiny dolls of the main characters who may or may not have prophetic meanings. An original set-up, certainly, and the plot generally chops along quickly, aided by a pleasantly sensual writing style and interesting characters. Nella is the very opposite of an unreliable narrator, though, you know she will battle bravely though, you can often guess the plot ‘revelations’ and her modern liberal values seem a tad anachronistic. That said it is good fun though the magic realism element seems a bit pointless and there is a very odd continuity error at the end.


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Thierry Mugler - Mugler Cologne Spray & Splash - 300ml/10.2oz
Offered by HQParfums
Price: £76.26

5.0 out of 5 stars Good stuff, 19 Jan. 2015
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Arrived promptly, big bottle of wife's favourite cologne. Very happy. And smells quite nice.


Disunited Kingdom: How Westminster Won A Referendum But Lost Scotland
Disunited Kingdom: How Westminster Won A Referendum But Lost Scotland
by Iain Macwhirter
Edition: Paperback
Price: £6.29

2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Why the losers act like winners, and the winners like losers, 19 Jan. 2015
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Excellent account of the referendum, clearly from the Yes side but frank on the failings of their campaign. He reserves his ire for his fellow journalists though who he believes deserted both their professional duty and the democratic needs of the Scottish people by their blatant bias. He captures some of the energy and hope of the independence campaigners and compares it with the fear-driven negative propaganda of the No side. Although No won, the victory was narrow and many Scots, even No voters, felt cheated by the last-minute tricks of Westminster. Macwhirter clearly prefers a federalist solution, but the debate seems more polarised than ever. The unionists have their wagons in a circle with nowhere to go and the independentistas are circling, circling, waiting for their next opportunity.
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Elizabeth is Missing
Elizabeth is Missing
by Emma Healey
Edition: Paperback
Price: £3.85

4.0 out of 5 stars Read this if you are planning to get old., 19 Jan. 2015
This review is from: Elizabeth is Missing (Paperback)
I haven't read fiction for years, but this is fiction at its best - taking you into a person's mind. And the fractured mind in question is Maud, in her eighties and suffering from dementia. She is trying to solve a mystery but her thoughts and memories are jumbled. The writing is technically superb, maintaining a stream-of-consciousness but keeping the action moving through a description of Maud's action. Much of the wit in the book (and there is lots) is the contrast between the thoughts and 'illogical' actions and the exasperated reaction of those about her. Anyone who has cared for an elderly realtive will sympathise. In parallel - and in contrast written very clearly - Maud remembers her family just after the war. The two stories are connected, of course. Gripping and humane, even a bit frightening (this could be you) the plot seems to sag just a little in the last third and the denouement seems unnecessarily forced. But still a great, original read, and maybe a cautionary tale for all of us.


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Proxima Direct® 3 Port HDMI Switcher 3x1 Auto Switch 3-In 1-Out With 28AWG HDMI Cable (Pigtail Part)
Offered by Proxima Direct
Price: £14.95

5.0 out of 5 stars Solid product, works well, 26 Nov. 2014
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This works fine, well made - would be nice to have a remote for the switch!


WARRIOR Classic Punk Black Donkey Jacket (Large 42/44)
WARRIOR Classic Punk Black Donkey Jacket (Large 42/44)
Offered by Viper London UK
Price: £64.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good jacket, great service, 26 Nov. 2014
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Have worn this for a few days, really like it.
Good fit, stylish, hangs well, material is reasonably thick but not too heavy.
Tartan lining a nice touch.
Lose a star though as the top button fell off on the first day!


The Bridge - Series 1 [DVD]
The Bridge - Series 1 [DVD]
Dvd ~ Sofia Helin
Price: £17.56

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Mesmerising, don't miss this masterclass in mood, plot and acting, 24 Nov. 2014
This review is from: The Bridge - Series 1 [DVD] (DVD)
Athough I'd vaguely heard of it, I really picked the series up simply as I am learning Swedish. But I was hooked immediately. The strange interplay between the two main characters is very well written and acted and the plotting holds up to the very end. The settings feel authentic and even the haunting theme tune relates to the tale and complements the dreamy, washed out cinematography. Truly unmissable.


Gramątica prąctica del catalį i solucionari
Gramątica prąctica del catalį i solucionari
by Nśria Bastons i Vilallonga
Edition: Perfect Paperback
Price: £29.79

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent revision aid, 12 Nov. 2014
Pretty much the definitive modern exercise grammar. A couple of pages of clear explanation in each section then lots of examples to work though, with answers. Quite dense, though, I use it for revision and practice to supplement other courses.


The Remaining
The Remaining
by D. J. Molles
Edition: Paperback
Price: £7.99

3.0 out of 5 stars Fast paced, feeble plot, 5 Nov. 2014
This review is from: The Remaining (Paperback)
This came highly recommended as a militarily ‘authentic’ zombie tale but I found it a bit disappointing. Sure it is fast-paced, with some realistic sounding military lore and kit but the plot is really woeful. A special ops soldier is has a bonkers sole mission to reconstruct US civilization after the usual zombie apocalypse. After a month of safe isolation he emerges into predictable chaos, and over two days kills lots of zombies, meets some non-very-interesting people, kills some bad guys…shows his survival skillz, but it is so meh that I didn’t even read the two free chapters provided for the next in the series...


Pompeii
Pompeii
by Robert Harris
Edition: Paperback
Price: £6.74

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Turgid toga tale, 10 Aug. 2014
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This review is from: Pompeii (Paperback)
Well-researched but woefully under-written, Harris turns a truly exciting snd unique historical event into a bit of a lacklustre plod. The aqueduct near Vesuvius is failing and Attilius, an engineer, is sent by Pliny (yes, that one) to invesigate. His predecessor has gone missing and mysterious portents suggest all is not well.... As you would expect from Harris there is some interesting historical background (the wonder of Roman water engineering, Pliny himself, Pompeii politics and manners, the description of the eruption), but the plotting is tugid and unrealistic, the characters underdevloped and the (supposedly important) love interest just underwhelming. The ending is pretty pitiful, too.


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