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Seiko Concise Oxford Electronic Thesaurus ER2100 (Thesaurus, Spellchecker, Crossword Solver and Anagram Solver)
Seiko Concise Oxford Electronic Thesaurus ER2100 (Thesaurus, Spellchecker, Crossword Solver and Anagram Solver)
Price: £19.85

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Blurred Words, 26 Dec. 2014
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I had an earlier version of this electronic thesaurus for about eight years and until if eventually died it proved useful and easy to use. I expected a new version to be improved or at least as good as the earlier version. Not so. It is a disappointment being slower than the previous thesaurus but, worst of all, the words on the screen are blurred and often quite difficult to read after one has twisted it to get the best (but not very good) angle of view. I'm amazed that this device has not been improved on earlier versions.


Eye Benders: The Science of Seeing & Believing
Eye Benders: The Science of Seeing & Believing
by Clive Gifford
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £9.98

5.0 out of 5 stars Oldies but Goodies, 26 Dec. 2014
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A colourful and well-presented book of optical illusions Most children will find them fascinating. Very few of the illusions are original or new; the majority being traditional illusions which most adults will have seen before. However, it's a good book for children to whom the idea of optical illusions is new.


Life-Writes: Where Do Writers Get Their Ideas from ... It's Called Life
Life-Writes: Where Do Writers Get Their Ideas from ... It's Called Life
by Suzanne Ruthven
Edition: Paperback
Price: £12.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Life into Writing, 7 Oct. 2014
Suzanne Ruthven has written over 20 books including novels, how-to books, books on spirituality, the countryside, and writing. She is also an editor, publisher, a writing tutor, and she's written many articles. She is the consummate freelancer and in this book she passes on the fruits of her experience to writers and aspiring freelance writers.
This is a practical book which covers many aspects of writing for publication, both fiction and non-fiction. While some writers specialise, Ms Ruthven recommends and shows how it is wise to keep open all options. You can take the commonly given advice: "Write what you know" but you can also extend from that to writing on subjects you research, from your reading, and from your encounters in life. Ideas come from both inside and outside of us. The book shows how you can mine your life, your experiences, your environment and your history for subjects. The importance of finding new angles on familiar subjects is emphasised and hints are given on how to achieve original angles.
In addition to fiction and non-fiction being discussed there are sections on practical issues such as agents, publishers, and even small but important matters such as word counts, presentation of manuscripts to editors, and interviewing. Probably the best thing about this book is that it makes you think of ideas for writing which you hadn't considered before.


The Lemon Grove
The Lemon Grove
by Helen Walsh
Edition: Paperback
Price: £3.49

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars cannot decide what she wants and her apparent moral dilemma becomes very tedious towards the end of the story, 7 Sept. 2014
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I was surprised at the favourable reviews of this book. It is well-written and started very promisingly. It is basically about an older, married woman lusting after a youth who is her step-daughter's boyfriend. This lad, Nathan, is an unbelievable character who is very sketchily drawn by the writer. It's hard to understand why he would have become besotted by the mother who is a fairly unattractive character. The mother, too, cannot decide what she wants and her apparent moral dilemma becomes very tedious towards the end of the story.


Zoostorm 7877-0095 Premium PC (Intel Core i5-3330, 8GB RAM, 1TB HDD, DVDRW, Windows 7 Home Premium 64-Bit) - Metallic
Zoostorm 7877-0095 Premium PC (Intel Core i5-3330, 8GB RAM, 1TB HDD, DVDRW, Windows 7 Home Premium 64-Bit) - Metallic

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars This did not work at all when received and was ..., 7 Sept. 2014
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This did not work at all when received and was returned. Apparently the hard disc was faulty according to a telephone diagnosis from a Zoostorm technician.
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Rottner 5337 Book Case English Dictionary Diversion Safe Key Locking
Rottner 5337 Book Case English Dictionary Diversion Safe Key Locking
Price: £8.94

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Useful locked book/box, 7 Sept. 2014
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Useful locked book/box. Only disadvantage is that the top which imitates the top of the pages of a book looks too white and artificial. It would be possible and necessary to darken this part with powdered lead from a pencil. The lock on the container is good. This sort of device, of course, is not really a place for anything very valuable because it could be easily carried away and broken into later.


The Bunker Diary
The Bunker Diary
by Kevin Brooks
Edition: Paperback
Price: £5.99

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Unfinished!, 6 Aug. 2014
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This review is from: The Bunker Diary (Paperback)
This novel certainly engaged the attention most of the way through. It concerns six people who are kidnapped and kept in a disused bunker by an unknown kidnapper. They are not a harmonious group and arguments and fights break out. One of them, the narrator, attempts to escape, fails, and they are all punished buy food deprivation, loud noises, etc. The novel has considerable suspense but ultimately is extremely disappointing. We never find out who the kidnapper is or what his motive was or why he chose this disparate group of six. We also don't find out much about the members of the group except the narrator who provides details of his background. The narrator's diary begins to fade out at the end and we can assume that he like the others will just die. The biggest failure of this novel is that the writer quite clearly had no idea how to resolve the suspense. I'm not suggesting there should have been a happy ending, but basically this was a cop-out. For someone who wants a really ingenious kidnap story with a really good and believable twist ending I would recommend "The Collector" by John Fowles.


BEIYI® Beauty 21-00-2 Electric Nail Polisher Manicure Pedicure Machine Pen-Shape Nail Art Drill + 6 Bits(UK Plug) NEW
BEIYI® Beauty 21-00-2 Electric Nail Polisher Manicure Pedicure Machine Pen-Shape Nail Art Drill + 6 Bits(UK Plug) NEW

4.0 out of 5 stars OKAY, 14 July 2014
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Works well although the product is rather flimsy and it remains to be seen if it will last long. But good value for the price.


Leifheit Streakfree Rechargable Window Vacuum Cleaner (51115)
Leifheit Streakfree Rechargable Window Vacuum Cleaner (51115)
Price: £34.49

4.0 out of 5 stars Windows, 22 May 2014
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Works very well at hovering up water from windows, cars, work benches, etc. Seems lighter and less substantial that the Karcher but so far so good.


The Farm
The Farm
by Tom Rob Smith
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £6.00

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not About Farming, 20 April 2014
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I found this novel has been overpraised. It's very readable and it is quite an ingenious story but it's also too long and somewhat tedious. The reader frustratingly wants to know if the protagonist's mother is mad, a liar, or a victim of others but there are no clues as to what lies behind her story and it's not particularly exciting or startling when the truth is finally revealed.


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