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Not That Kind of Girl: A Young Woman Tells You What She's Learned
Not That Kind of Girl: A Young Woman Tells You What She's Learned
Price: £4.49

1 of 3 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Hannah from Girls has a good moan, 7 Jan. 2015
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I love Girls and thought the rave reviews would justify the purchase of this book. I couldn't have been more wrong. This book is turgid and feels like a joke from the TV series. Struggling through this book is just one long and painful journey through a world of moaning from a privileged and spoilt individual who seems to be entirely self-absorbed. If she stopped feeling sorry for herself she might realise some of the many positives in her life. Then she wouldn't have to waste my time and money through this book. Stick to Girls and avoid this.


Die By Wire
Die By Wire
Price: £4.71

3.0 out of 5 stars Superman and Superwoman defeat some standard issue Islamic terrorists, 13 Aug. 2014
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This review is from: Die By Wire (Kindle Edition)
Plenty of action, but it reads like a schoolboy essay competition entry. The plot is templates, unimaginative and obvious from the start but the author reveals with great fanfare as if he has come up with something highly original. The characters are simply stereotypes - the male lead is a Jack Reacher clone and the female lead is GI Jane. Individually and combined, they can endure extreme pain, discomfort and focus entirely on the mission, often against much stronger foes. It is all so improbable that the book becomes a grind.


Candide
Candide
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0 of 2 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Another boring old classic, 21 July 2014
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This review is from: Candide (Kindle Edition)
Rambling nonsense. Dull, uninspiring and like wading through treacle.


Wanted (A Private Investigator Series of Crime and Suspense Thrillers, Book 1)
Wanted (A Private Investigator Series of Crime and Suspense Thrillers, Book 1)
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4.0 out of 5 stars I would have paid money for this, 21 July 2014
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A well thought out and smooth flowing book. Perfect holiday fodder.


A Killer Thriller Collection - Eight The Hard Way (Mystery Thriller Suspense)
A Killer Thriller Collection - Eight The Hard Way (Mystery Thriller Suspense)
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4.0 out of 5 stars Engaging, fast paced and varied., 21 July 2014
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Great collection - especially for free. 8 somewhat different thrillers which are definitely worth reading.


The Dinner
The Dinner
Price: £5.79

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Unfortunately this doesn't live up to the enormous hype, 21 July 2014
This review is from: The Dinner (Kindle Edition)
This books is 307 pages long. Over a third of that is taken up at the start with drivel about a constant moaner in a restaurant he hates. The second third sort of picks up a bit, i.e. something actually happens other than commentary on routine elements of dining out. By the final third, confusion reigns, as the author fails to divulge key aspects of the plot (mystery neurological disorder and the narrator's wife's illness) and randomly jumps back and forth in time without making this clear. By the end, you have been dulled into submission by the sheer drudgery of the book. Nothing particularly interesting happens and then it finishes abruptly. Maybe it lost something in translation. It is a shame that this has been so hyped.


The Faithful Spy: Spy Thriller
The Faithful Spy: Spy Thriller
by Alex Berenson
Edition: Paperback
Price: £8.99

3.0 out of 5 stars Decidedly average, 13 Jun. 2014
This is by no means bad, but it is nothing more than your average spy thriller. The plot is not particularly original, unique or gripping and the ending is obvious from the start. Most of the characters are pure stereotypes and the author seems to have been trying far too hard to bring some excitement to a straight forward story. There are better thrillers out there but this is still worth a read.


Zero Dark Thirty [DVD] [2012]
Zero Dark Thirty [DVD] [2012]
Dvd ~ Jessica Chastain
Price: £4.00

7 of 15 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Mumble, mumble, mumble, torture, mumble, mumble, mumble, torture ..., 1 Jun. 2014
How has the producer managed to turn one of the most exciting episode in recent international affairs into a turgid, grind of a film? By falling into the modern trap of thinking that to be successful a film has to be arty, difficult to comprehend and far too long. I am astounded at how bad this film is. The first hour passes with almost nothing intelligible said - it is just constant mumbling with the camera flicking around in dingy rooms, which makes it very difficult to know what is happening. Even bomb blasts, terrorists captures and detailed intelligence work is rendered boring by the annoying lead actress and a cast of dull mumblers in support. I didn't even get to the end as I was fed up fighting my constantly closing eyelids. The producers of this should be ashamed. Watch Homeland for insight into how to make something interesting, understandable and engaging.
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The Vagina Monologues
The Vagina Monologues
by Eve Ensler
Edition: Paperback
Price: £9.98

1 of 3 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars A good cause clouded by infantile nonsense, 28 May 2014
This review is from: The Vagina Monologues (Paperback)
Apparently in the late 90s there were some people in New York who were shocked by the word "vagina". So shocked that they needed a book full of childish blather about female genitalia to lift them out of this funk and propel them towards modernity. I wasn't in New York in the 90s but I was surprised by this assertion. The book is ultimately driving support for a good cause - ending violence against women. However, I am not sure that the book is the most appropriate vehicle and don't understand how, for example, asking women what their vagina would wear is helpful. I found its puerile content, repetition and extreme worthiness very tiring and am amazed that this book was so well received. By all means, campaign to end violence against women but don't bother with this turgid tome on the way.
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Grown Ups 2 [DVD] [2013]
Grown Ups 2 [DVD] [2013]
Dvd ~ Adam Sandler
Price: £4.33

4.0 out of 5 stars Somebody forgot the plot, 28 May 2014
This review is from: Grown Ups 2 [DVD] [2013] (DVD)
This film just seems like numerous comedy sketches rolled into a feature as a result of character continuity rather than plot. After an hour of watching I was still wondering what the point was and where the film was going. Once it was over, I still wasn't sure. This doesn't mean that the film isn't funny - in places it is very funny. However, it is random, disjointed and ultimately bizarre. If you like Adam Sandler and Chris Rock portraying themselves then you will love this.


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