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The House of Twenty Thousand Books
The House of Twenty Thousand Books
by Sasha Abramsky
Edition: Paperback
Price: £13.46

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Well worth the effort, 23 July 2014
There is something elegiac in that dense, many layered book. On the personal level, this is a tribute to a beloved grandfather, a search for roots. On the broader level, we follow the rise and fall of the communist party in England, the uneasy path of a Jewish immigrant into British society. There is a host of fascinating characters, some well known, some less, while books are here to tie everything together. In fact, the author tries a little too much leading to some confusion. Yet there is something compelling in this attempt to recreate the mood and the characters of a forgotten era which makes the reader keep turning the pages.


Android Phones For Dummies
Android Phones For Dummies
by Dan Gookin
Edition: Paperback

8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not for dummies, 10 May 2012
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This may well be an excellent introduction to android phones. Unfortunately I did not find it helpful. In two instances I had trouble following the instructions because it did not quite work the way it was supposed to. I can only speculate that one has to be more proficient in all things electronic to benefit from this book.


Worth Dying For (Jack Reacher)
Worth Dying For (Jack Reacher)
by Lee Child
Edition: Hardcover

11 of 19 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Potboiler, 7 Oct. 2010
Two books in less than a year.... the Victorians had a name for that: pot boiler. The author does not bother to tell us how Reacher got out of the cliff hanger with which the last book ended, the plot is almost inexistent and the characters paper thin. Reacher must set the world right ( even if he gets it wrong) and performs feats of strength which are beyond belief. There is also too much of the bully in this tale which strains credibility anyway.
Maybe it's time for a change of pace or for a new hero....
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This Body of Death: An Inspector Lynley Novel: 13 (Inspector Lynley Mysteries 16)
This Body of Death: An Inspector Lynley Novel: 13 (Inspector Lynley Mysteries 16)
by Elizabeth George
Edition: Hardcover

3 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Much better than the last, 3 May 2010
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This is a welcome departure from the format of her last books.Of course, as usual, Elizabeth George goes out of her way to demonstrate her knowledge of all things British and this can be tedious. However the characters we have grown to love are all here, and much of the book is devoted to them.There are some interesting developments which make us eagerly wait for the next installment of the Lynley/Havers/ Nkata saga. This part is fun. The story itself is satisfactory, with plots and subplots neatly and realistically drafted. That said, too much is made of what happened many years before. And what is worse, not all is explained in the end. We are left wondering about one very nasty person who apparently is going scots free...


61 Hours: (Jack Reacher 14)
61 Hours: (Jack Reacher 14)
by Lee Child
Edition: Hardcover

4 of 9 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars What happened to Reacher?, 22 Mar. 2010
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Any book after "Gone tomorrow" was bound to be a disappointment, but this one is a let down. Reacher misses glaring clues that this armchair sleuth saw immediately. This is totally out of character. On the one hand he solves long distance problems for a colleague with his usual (or uncanny?) knowledge of what makes people tick, on the other he does not see what's under his nose. There is also some attempt to make him "more human" by revealing a forgotten childhood episode. As for the ending - this is really unworthy of Lee Child. He knows his faithful readers will buy the next book - no need for a transparent cliff hanger.


The Disappeared (Coroner Jenny Cooper Series)
The Disappeared (Coroner Jenny Cooper Series)
by M. R. Hall
Edition: Hardcover

5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars An unsatisfactory ending, 1 Feb. 2010
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I found the book far too long with too many skulking villains and improbable happenings. All could have been forgiven but for the ending which all but yells "TO BE CONTINUED' The author should have remembered that this is a book, and that his faitfhul readers will have to wait a year for an answer. Cliffhangers are all very well in stories appearing week after week in papers or magazines, they have no place here. It is intensely frustrating as well in very poor taste.


Necessary as Blood
Necessary as Blood
by Deborah Crombie
Edition: Hardcover

13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A very satisfactory read, 5 Dec. 2009
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This review is from: Necessary as Blood (Hardcover)
Here they are again, Deborah Crombie's beloved characters, Gemma, Kincaid, their kids and assorted menagerie of dogs and cats, their work colleagues and even Tim and Hazel in a multi layered tale set firmly in 21st century London. Exclusive clubs and abused innocence, first and second generation immigrants caught between the dream of the country they left and the reality of the country where they live. Kincaid and Gemma work their usual magic and the reader follows, mesmerized, as they slowly unravel yet another mystery while coping with a number of personal issues. What can I say, you close the book with a big smile on your face.
I can't wait for the next one.


Far Cry: (Grayson & Walker)
Far Cry: (Grayson & Walker)
by John Harvey
Edition: Hardcover

1 of 3 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Boring, 5 Dec. 2009
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I am sorry but I found this book plain boring. Too long not focussed enough. The main characters never come alive and after a while you stop caring and just wonder how exactly the expected result will be achieved. This gets you through another hundred pages or so and then you just keep turning the pages to get it over. That's it for me, I might get the next John Harvey book but only when it gets out in paperback.


Midnight Fugue
Midnight Fugue
by Reginald Hill
Edition: Hardcover

4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Hooked for better or worse, 7 Jun. 2009
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I have all his books and I shall wait eagerly for the next. This one was well crafted and easy to read and yet slightly below par. The ending was predictable; the characterisation of Dalziel and Pascoe slightly off. Without going into details (don't worry, no spoiler) we already had a character with brain tumor, couldn't he have found something else? What I did note and admire is the deftness with which he rounds up his tale in just one day (admittedly with flashbacks) and that Dalziel ends up saving the day. So, when is the next one?


The Private Patient (Inspector Adam Dalgliesh Mystery)
The Private Patient (Inspector Adam Dalgliesh Mystery)
by P.D. James
Edition: Hardcover

7 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Bittersweet, 16 Sept. 2008
Yes, another good read but with a faintly valedictory tang. A conclusion wrapping the regular protagonists in cotton candy as if there won't be another book. And regarding the plot, so many loose ends as to make the solution wholly unsatisfying. And yet once again one is carried away by the style - so far above the usual offerings of the genre - and can't help wishing for yet another installment.


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