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Is This What Really Happened?
Is This What Really Happened?
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3.0 out of 5 stars Amusing 'what if' fantasy, 18 Jun 2014
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Quite a fun read, especially for anyone old enough to remember the Elvis era. Of course it's far-fetched, but it does make you wonder "what if...." and whether you could have thought of any improvements on the plan. Vernon Coleman, as always, takes you confidently round Paris, and neatly carries on the joke of Elvis avoiding detection whilst impersonating (or almost impersonating) himself. An amusing idea, and one which could be copied for any celebrities whose fans refuse to accept the death of their idol. Think Princess Diana, Jim Morrison - both with the Paris touch - Michael Jackson, Kurt cobain, Jimi Hendrix, even Marilyn Monroe. [ Thinks, maybe it's already been done? ]


THE LAST SUNSET: THE DIARY OF A DYING WOMAN ON HER DEATH BED
THE LAST SUNSET: THE DIARY OF A DYING WOMAN ON HER DEATH BED
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2.0 out of 5 stars Christian piety overload, 18 Jun 2014
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I found it hard to plough my way through this book: it's heavily overloaded with pious sentiments and bibilical references. By today's standards, dull and with too much moralising. However, in the context of when it was written, you can perhaps understand the genuine comfort the dying woman derived from her unwavering religious beliefs (i.e. accepting suffering with stoicism, where we would nowadays be demanding powerful analgesia).
Probably more of interest to social historians rather than to the general reader.


Independent Study (The Testing Trilogy)
Independent Study (The Testing Trilogy)
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2.0 out of 5 stars Whoops, not what I expected, 18 Jun 2014
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What a daft mistake I made! I really thought this would be a serious study guide for oldies like me who want to brush up their academic skills. Instead it seems to be something to do with computer games, and since I've never played a computer game in my life, it's about as useful to me as a chocolate teapot.
Moral, READ the blurb before you click the "Buy" button (hangs head in shame).


Slave Girl - I Was an Ordinary British Girl. I Was Kidnapped and Sold into Sex Slavery. This is My Horrific True Story
Slave Girl - I Was an Ordinary British Girl. I Was Kidnapped and Sold into Sex Slavery. This is My Horrific True Story
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2.0 out of 5 stars Hardly worth reading, 11 Jun 2014
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Rather a boring story, really: hardly credible, and full of self-pity. As for being an "Ordinary British Girl" - that's nonsense. She comes over as rather unpleasant, self-dramatising and completely lacking in common-sense. Not really worth reading.


Soul of a Tiger: A Miraculous True Story of a Family Who Survived the Cambodian Genocide
Soul of a Tiger: A Miraculous True Story of a Family Who Survived the Cambodian Genocide
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3.0 out of 5 stars Interesting story but poorly written, 11 Jun 2014
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You'll need perseverance to get through this book. The authors have chosen a format ill-suited to the story, starting towards the end (recent times) reverting to the heroine's marriage, then to her childhood, then to the Cambodian Genocode years,followed by the family's emigration, and finishing in present-day USA. The format can work with fiction, but for a "survivor's story", a straightforward chronological account would be more appropriate, and more coherent.
The tale itself is interesting, albeit written in a flat and humourless style with rather too many references to God's saving grace. Accepting that this book is written by someone whose native language is not English, it would benefit from the attention of a professional editor - to do some heavy pruning of irrelevant material - and a good proof-reader For instance, there are at least 6 mentions of 'LOW and behold', and numerous other mis-uses of the language.
This could have been a gripping story if it had been handled better.


Power of the Fish - An A-Z self help book on emotions and life circumstances.
Power of the Fish - An A-Z self help book on emotions and life circumstances.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Could be a useful book, 10 Mar 2014
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The book is potentially interesting and useful. However -- and this is NOT meant as a put-down - it does need a good proof-reader, to eliminate words which have been mis-used or mis-spelled i.e. the word bazaar is used for bizarre several times, and "lone behold" for "lo and behold". Words are frequently used in mid-sentence with unnecessary capitals (Daughter, Father, Landlord, Man, Woman, Guy, Brother) which does look rather unprofessional. I found there was quite a lot of padding/repetition, which is where an editor would help.
However, these criticisms apart, the book is easy to read, and the author doesn't try to make herself out as perfect, and having all the answers.


Danny the Champion of the World: Plays for Children
Danny the Champion of the World: Plays for Children
by Roald Dahl
Edition: Paperback
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent fun, 20 Dec 2013
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The children really love everything by Roald Dahl. These mini-plays are great fun to act out, and you don't really need to take ALL the staging instructions literally. It works perfectly well with just a few props.


The Witches: A Set of Plays: A Set of Plays
The Witches: A Set of Plays: A Set of Plays
by Roald Dahl
Edition: Paperback

5.0 out of 5 stars Great fun, 20 Dec 2013
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The children love it. The humour is exaclty what appeals to them. I found the staging instructions rather laborious, but then you don't have to follow them slavishly. Great fun to act, and sure to become a regular feature of our drama lessons.


Drama Games for Classrooms and Workshops
Drama Games for Classrooms and Workshops
by Jessica Swale
Edition: Paperback
Price: 6.29

5.0 out of 5 stars Good ideas, 20 Dec 2013
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A huge number of good ideas packed into this little book. Every game explained clearly, with an indication of the numbers of players, suitable ages, and the time it takes. Very well thought out, and likely to become a staple for our drama classes.


Bicarbonate of Soda: A Very Versatile Natural Substance
Bicarbonate of Soda: A Very Versatile Natural Substance
by Margaret Briggs
Edition: Hardcover
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Inadequate, 20 Dec 2013
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A strange book. The basic message is hammered home page after page, when in fact it would have been sufficient to give a few recipes and a list of tasks for which the mixtures are suitable. i.e. Method 1, sprinkle it on, Method 2, make a paste and spread it, Method 3, make a soaking solution. The author makes some pointless comments such as: "since I won't use the latter [superglue] because of the smell and chemicals involved, I can't say I have any experience of this technique" and, "I've never had to deal with these, but apparently mixing equal parts... etc. For heaven's sake, this is meant to be a helpful guide: you DON'T include something unless you KNOW it works. The second half of the book is taken up with cookery recipes, which I can only hope the author bothered to try out before passing them on.


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