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Redemption of the Sorcerer, The Crystalon Saga, Book One
Redemption of the Sorcerer, The Crystalon Saga, Book One
Price: £2.28

5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect family fantasy, 17 Sept. 2013
Pointed in the direction of this book by my wife (who knows I enjoy Harry Potter, David Haydn, and the old `Flashman' books) and I'm glad that she did. This is a very easy read that the reader is able to pick up and put down really easily. I found myself reading this on the train to work, at the office (when quiet!) and then again walking home from the train station. With characters that are relatable and real, I was able to connect to the story and the urgency of their actions. This is a book that straddles fantasy and adventure and I think it would be appeal to the teenage readership - especially teenage boys - and if the author continues to put out books like this, I think he'll do very well.


The Cagliostro Chronicles
The Cagliostro Chronicles
Price: £2.28

5.0 out of 5 stars Good old fashioned science fiction, 17 Sept. 2013
This isn't hard scifi where the author needs to explain the science behind everything - this is more Firefly, Andromeda style science fiction. You know the type... fun!
I read this is one sitting, stopping only for coffee. It was great. The dialogue is smooth, the prose well crafted and the overall technical writing pretty damn good.

I've seen reviews complaining about the FTL drive. Considering that this technology isn't even invented yet - I find the fact that people are questioning the plausibility a bit of a laugh. This is a fiction novel, set in space. It's not exactly realistic is it? Just let go and enjoy the ride.

The three main characters were strong, and multi-faceted, I found them to be layered and easy to relate to. In fact, I think most readers would find something of themselves in them and that's a great thing.

If you let go and just enjoy this - you won't be disappointed.


BELIEVE IN YOURSELF: 25 Steps to Supercharge  Your Self Confidence ("Feel Better" Collection)
BELIEVE IN YOURSELF: 25 Steps to Supercharge Your Self Confidence ("Feel Better" Collection)
Price: £2.24

4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent, 15 Sept. 2013
Practical advice that leaves you feeling positive and ready to tackle anything!
This is a short book and priced accordingly. I like that the info is succinct and to the point. I didn't feel like I was being patronised, and the tips and hints are great for building self-confidence. The technicality to the writing was surprising good, and the grammar nigh on perfect.


Rebel Entrepreneur: Porn, Paradise, Pot and Prison - Life, Business and Lessons Learned
Rebel Entrepreneur: Porn, Paradise, Pot and Prison - Life, Business and Lessons Learned
by Mark Lyford
Edition: Paperback
Price: £14.99

9 of 17 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars A book on how to fail in business - not succeed!, 12 Sept. 2013
This book offers very little business advice, unless you want a lesson in how to fail at business.
Let me summarize this book for you:

Lyford makes a catalog of bad decisions, stumbling from one mistake to the next all while telling you how successful he's going to be (he isn't).
We start with his upbringing and how "rebellious" he was towards those who tried to educate him (a bad decision).
Then he discovers the internet and starts making porn websites (a bad decision).
Next he tried to play with the big boys and loses his earnings (a bad decision).
Then he becomes a drug dealer (a bad decision).
He isn't smart enough to operate in the criminal world and gets convicted (a bad decision).
Upon release from prison he becomes a "get rich quick" huckster (a bad decision).

And that's where he is today, desperately trying to shed his scammy "get rich quick scheme" image, but unfortunately it is only the get rich quick scammer friends who listen to his nonsense.

When we look at the big picture, the reader is left with an unpleasant aftertaste as we see the repeated failure of a man so greedy that he ignores every moral and ethical instinct.

This is self indulgent, ego fueled nonsense from a desperate and deluded man.

Reading this was a bad decision.
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HOW SUCCESSFUL PEOPLE THINK SMART:: 7 Ways YOU Can Develop Their Mind Power
HOW SUCCESSFUL PEOPLE THINK SMART:: 7 Ways YOU Can Develop Their Mind Power
Price: £1.54

2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Short, Sharp And To The Point, 11 Sept. 2013
If you're after a short, concise and well put together book that helps you focus, achieve and drive for results - then this is for you. More than just common sense, the author has compiled a nice compendium of actions and ideas that help the reader want to strive for more.


The Academy: Book 1
The Academy: Book 1
Price: £2.17

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Dystopia, 7 Sept. 2013
I'm a huge fan of dystopia and fantasy, and I think The Academy (book 1) does this well. The characters are believable with flaws and imperfections and the dialogue is smooth and feels natural.
There are nods to the YA fantasy greats - Hunger Games and Harry Potter, but I genuinely feel they are just nods. The premise and ideas feel original and fresh (Not like the awful Mortal Instruments series). The violence was visceral and yes, it did jar a little in places, but violence does naturally show and feel uneasy and out of place. If violence felt normal, it wouldn't be right. Does that make sense? I hope so...

Anyway, this is a great novella with a storyline the reader feels invested in. Definitely think it's worth a read.


Introduction to Verbal Reasoning: Tips and Techniques
Introduction to Verbal Reasoning: Tips and Techniques
by C. R. Draper
Edition: Paperback

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Thorough, 26 Aug. 2013
This was a great workbook. Broken down into different sections with over 40 questions for kids to work through.
I loved that not only do you get the questions - but there's a detailed explanation on the methods used and how best to implement them.

Appealing to children is tough, and trying to make tests and questions `fun' and not taxing isn't easy to do. What's good here is that at no point does the book patronize the child, and instead it's simple to understand and to the point.

If you have a child trying to get into a grammar school, then this is the book for you.


Gone Girl
Gone Girl
Price: £3.66

363 of 398 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Read - Apart From The Ending, 25 Aug. 2013
This review is from: Gone Girl (Kindle Edition)
Amy and Nick are married for five years, but there is not much harmony left. All of a sudden, Amy is missing. And from there, a more and more surprising and devious plot develops, cleverly and elegantly put together by a very talented writer.

It is difficult to talk about the plot without risking spoilers. So let's say this: It is not a conventional thriller. There are twists and totally surprising developments, we are getting manipulated and are lied to by both protagonists. It's not only a thriller, the book is also about unconventional truths about love and marriage. Sadly, the ending is a disappointment. Best not to expect too much from it and just enjoy the reading of the novel as such.

The book is always straightforward and readable, but maybe there are a few digressions too many. I can't help but feeling that nowadays thriller writers feel the need to expand their books to 600 pages when 400 would have done just as well. That's stupid, because it automatically weakens the suspense.

Gillian Flynn really deconstructed love and marriage here a lot, so I have a suggestion for readers who would like to read a (shorter) crime novel which is thrilling, full of dark humor and lets you believe in love again: Heads Off (A Lisa Becker Mystery)
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Heroes of The Line
Heroes of The Line
Price: £2.29

5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect combination, 25 Aug. 2013
This was a nice, quick, fun-filled charity read. For less than the cost of a takeaway coffee, you get 1)humorous account of the journey 2) bios of some of the greatest heroes (in my mind) 3) the warm knowledge you've given to charity.

Scott has written a few books, and I'm happy to say that I'll be taking a look at them too, I'm not a huge history buff, but I like to read what I can, when I can in bitesize chunks - and I think Scott's style is spot on.

Two thumbs up.


I Want What She's Having, Now!: Exactly How You Can Be So Hot & Healthy You'll Barely Recognize Yourself
I Want What She's Having, Now!: Exactly How You Can Be So Hot & Healthy You'll Barely Recognize Yourself
by Tora Cullip
Edition: Paperback
Price: £10.48

5.0 out of 5 stars Top Reading, 26 July 2013
What I liked about this diet book is that it's not just a bunch of enlightening and `pink and fluffy' quotes and re-hashed information presented in a pretty book...
It's actually a straightforward and well thought out motivation book written by Tora and Donna, who inject their personality into the pages. It's great to actually read about people who used to be bigger and how they have managed to tackle their weight.
Reading about positive focus, and how eating patterns and stress triggers can effect what we eat and how we eat is interesting. Being able to recognise when I have a `binge' coming is a real eye opener, and I hope to put into practise the tips I've learnt.

Brutally honest, this book connects with the reader on a personal level, and when it comes to a self-help book about something as emotive as weight loss - that's a really good thing.


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