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The Murder of Roger Ackroyd (Poirot) (Hercule Poirot Series Book 4)
The Murder of Roger Ackroyd (Poirot) (Hercule Poirot Series Book 4)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Perfection, 5 Jan. 2014
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I'd seen the TV adaptation of this some time ago, but the book is so much better - clever and subtle. Doctor Sheppard is unsurpassed as a narrator - my only regret is that he didn't recount more Poirot stories.


Broadchurch (Music From The Original Soundtrack)
Broadchurch (Music From The Original Soundtrack)

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Powerfully emotive, 29 April 2013
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It's hard to overstate how good this soundtrack is. Haunting and sad, it perfectly captures the emotions of the show, long after the broadcast is finished.


Raven Black (Shetland Book 1)
Raven Black (Shetland Book 1)
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5.0 out of 5 stars A brilliant read..., 27 Mar. 2013
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There's something immediately engrossing in this novel. It's a wonderfully dark story that unfolds among a cast of fascinating characters. And it's told so well - effortlessly beautiful writing that gathers you in and sweeps you along. Looking forward to reading more in the series.


and Their Refinement of the Decline
and Their Refinement of the Decline

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5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful, 12 Feb. 2013
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This is my favourite SOTL album - heart-breakingly beautiful and wonderfully sad. Emotive throughout, it features Don't Bother They're Here, a wonderful reinterpretation of Send In The Clowns, and a host of other soothing tracks. Simply brilliant.


The Burning Air
The Burning Air
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5 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant, 21 Jan. 2013
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This is one of those rare books that really engages you quickly and pulls you along through its twists and turns. There's so much to like here - beautiful writing, compelling characters, and a story whose facets click together satisfyingly at the climax. One of the best things I've read in ages.


A Capital Crime
A Capital Crime
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4.0 out of 5 stars An intriguing period procedural, 21 Dec. 2012
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I think I may have met Inspector Stratton somewhere in the middle of a series, so I was unfamiliar with his background as I was with the real-life events which helped inspire the story. However, none of this detracted from an engaging novel, that conveyed a strong sense of time (the early fifties) and place (central London). Really enjoyable, and a very satisfying read.


A Billion Jokes (Volume 1)
A Billion Jokes (Volume 1)
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great fun, 4 Dec. 2012
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Some very funny (and very clever) humour. Looking forward to volumes 2, 3, 4, 17-23, and particularly volume 46, which I suspect will be another humdinger ;-)


The Casual Vacancy
The Casual Vacancy
by J. K. Rowling
Edition: Hardcover
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79 of 91 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Worth reading..., 25 Oct. 2012
This review is from: The Casual Vacancy (Hardcover)
If it had been written by anyone else, it would have reviewed so much better, but no story could ever live up to the expectations surrounding this one.
The Casual Vacancy is a cleverly woven story, with a large cast of characters, and short snappy chapters that move things along nicely. None of the characters were really likeable, and at times it feels as if the book might be veering into some sort of middle-class-bashing nonsense, but thankfully this is not the case.
Overall, a very satisfying read.


64 Things You Need to Know Now For Then: How to Face the Digital Future Without Fear
64 Things You Need to Know Now For Then: How to Face the Digital Future Without Fear
by Ben Hammersley
Edition: Hardcover
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars 64, 6 Sept. 2012
Just finished reading "64 Things You Need To Know Now For Then" by Ben Hammersley, a book which considers the many ways that technology underpins and infuses daily life.
64 of those ways, in fact.
Short, snappy chapters contrast the lengthy title, each one pondering a facet of the digital age - with topics ranging from hacktivism to information overload. Crucially, the writing is accessible enough for normal people to engage with, but it's never dumb - I'm far from being a digital novice, yet there was plenty in there to surprise and intrigue me.
I love it when books make me think - when they fire my imagination - and when a non-fiction book does so, it's doubly satisfying. Ben Hammersley has created an engrossing look at our evolving digital world...
...and he's done it all from behind a truly magnificent moustache.


Dominion
Dominion
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Tantalising..., 10 Aug. 2012
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The Coldfire Trilogy is a uniquely drawn epic that rises far above the norms of Fantasy. Dominion is a welcome return to that series, with a short story that gives a glimpse of the central character's background. I'd suggest reading the trilogy first - that will make Dominion all the sweeter, by allowing you to spend just a little longer with the compelling Neocount of Merentha.


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