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Nicholas Isaac "badclimber" (Birmingham, UK)

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Us
Us
Price: £4.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Very English, but emotional nonetheless., 16 Mar. 2015
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A wonderfully evocative and affectionate look at what makes a couple a couple and a marriage a marriage; and how difficult fatherhood is.


Viper - An Elite Black Operations Squad (Action Adventure Thriller)
Viper - An Elite Black Operations Squad (Action Adventure Thriller)
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1.0 out of 5 stars Half decent plot spoiled by poor writing and characterisation, 13 Jun. 2014
I made what in retrospect was the mistake of buying Viper 1-3 on Kindle, largely because of the positive feedback. Although the plot line was all right, indeed not bad at all, I found myself becoming increasingly annoyed with the incredibly poor editing. The book was littered with spelling errors, grammatical errors, and, even worse for me, words just being misused. I notice that the Kindle edition is now saying "re-edited in 2014", which might save some poor future readers from exploding with frustration. However, even when you get over the straightforward mistakes, I am afraid this book (indeed this series of books) also suffers from some of the most wooden characters I have ever encountered in fiction. I think it is fair to say that no-one in any of the books develops as a character at all - indeed because of the introduction to each book, which refers to the characters when they are recruited to Viper, it is strikingly unclear how old they are actually supposed to be at the date of the action taking place (which is obviously supposed to be many years later). And as if the characters weren't bad enough, they are then forced to utter dialogue which is more reminiscent of teenage schoolboys than supposedly intelligent and skilled operatives. Only a stubborn streak and a perverse desire to see what words he would misuse next got me to the end of this book. Don't go there!
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VIPER 3 - Bad Russian Blood (Action Adventure Thriller)
VIPER 3 - Bad Russian Blood (Action Adventure Thriller)
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0 of 2 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Reasonable plot, but dreadful in every other way!, 6 May 2014
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The plot line in this book is passable, but everything else about it is dreadful. The wooden characters remain undeveloped and largely indistinguishable from each other despite some appalling stereotyping. The dialogue is facile and lacks any kind of credibility. But personally most annoying to me is the fact that the whole book is littered with spelling errors, grammatical errors and misused words. Get an editor!
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Master Of War
Master Of War
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Adventure, 6 Feb. 2014
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Romping good adventure tale set (mainly) in 15th century France during the English invasion. A simple archer does great deeds.


The Girl Who Played With Fire (Millennium Series)
The Girl Who Played With Fire (Millennium Series)
by Stieg Larsson
Edition: Hardcover

0 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Smashing sequel, 11 Mar. 2009
I was genuinely excited to discover "The girl who played with fire" had come out, having been left breathless by "The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo".

Salander, the socially challenged but brilliant hacker, returns, as does her journalistic foil, Blomkvist.

This time Salander is implicated in the murder of a young couple and her guardian; Blomkvist is convinced of her innocence, but seems to be the only one.

This book is a visceral roller coaster ride, as graphic as it is gripping; the last few pages are almost painful to read.

Buy it, read it, and try not to lose it waiting for the final instalment!


Where There's a Will
Where There's a Will
by Robert S. Menchin
Edition: Hardcover

5.0 out of 5 stars Smiling to the end, 22 Jan. 2009
This review is from: Where There's a Will (Hardcover)
I first saw this book many years ago, and have dipped in and out of it ever since, recently buying my own copy (having previously read one my parents had).

It contains a great selection from the most interesting and entertaining wills (as in last will and testament) written over the centuries.

The section which always entertains me most is what I suppose is the "revenge" section. My favourite one starts "To my wife I leave her lover and the knowledge that I was not as stupid as she thought I was..."


The Book Thief
The Book Thief
by Markus Zusak
Edition: Paperback
Price: £3.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Gift not a Theft, 22 Jan. 2009
This review is from: The Book Thief (Paperback)
Before reading this book I was rather concerned that having Death as the narrator was rather pretentious, but that concern evaporated the moment I began reading and was drawn into Liesel's world.

Liesel's life hangs by a thread from the very beginning - she is a young girl in Nazi Germany, on her way to live with a foster family who themselves are on the margins of society, having failed to embrace National Socialism.

The book charts her unlikely survival and tells in beautifully simple prose the joys of friendship, family and books in the face of hatred, starvation and, of course, Death.


The Floating Book
The Floating Book
by M.R. Lovric
Edition: Paperback

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Total immersion!, 10 Jun. 2008
This review is from: The Floating Book (Paperback)
I read this book nearly 18 months ago, but it was so evocative that even thinking about it I can almost smell Venice. Powerful narrative, beautifully drawn characters, and a pinch of historical fact are woven together to create a genuinely outstanding novel I would happily read again and regularly recommend to friends.


Hoot
Hoot
by Carl Hiaasen
Edition: Paperback
Price: £5.99

7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Hiaasen just kidding, 21 April 2004
This review is from: Hoot (Paperback)
Even when he is writing for children, Hiaasen creates great villains (who always meet fitting fates), and charming, unlikely heroes. Threats to the Floridian environment are of course his other recurring theme.
In this case, the new boy in school finds his feet and new friends as he fights to prevent a new restaurant destroying several pairs of rare burrowing owls, and the school bully from destroying his face.
Fast-paced and fun, a book to encourage teenagers to read!


Advanced Marathoning
Advanced Marathoning
by Pete Pfitzinger
Edition: Paperback

46 of 46 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Almost guaranteed to improve your marathon times, 21 April 2004
This review is from: Advanced Marathoning (Paperback)
You can use this book in two ways.
Simply follow one of the training programmes, and watch your marathon timeimprove.
Alternatively, read about exactly what physiological changes marathontraining is designed to produce, what training sessions effect whatchanges, and how to go about training and marathon preparation in the mosteffective way.
Whichever you choose to do, you will benefit from a book which is clearand very readable. Do not kid yourself that this is a short-cut tomarathon success though - it sets out the hard work that you need to do,and why you need to do it, but it can't do the work for you.
I followed the "up to 70 miles per week" training programme and reduced mymarathon personal best from 3 hours 8 minutes to 2 hours 49 minutes, so itdoes work!


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