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1.0 out of 5 stars Rubbish, 22 Mar. 2016
Cheap nasty stuff from China. Battery is twice the size and lasts as long as a normal one.

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Everything Ever Written
Everything Ever Written
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars A disappointing return from the once great Scottish rockers, 19 Oct. 2015
This review is from: Everything Ever Written (Audio CD)
It's been 6 years since the lukewarm, yet still thoroughly 'Idlewild' release, "Post Electric Blues". And while that album was certainly starting to shift into a more mature and consolidated sound, there were still brilliant moments in songs like City Hall and Younger Than America that still possessed the rough and ready Scottish rock Idlewild were renowned for.

Fast forward to Everything Ever Written, and we have a completely new sound. An album so alien in recognition of their past that if it weren't for Woomble's voice it would be unrecognizable. And so comes forth an argument that could be hundreds' of pages long about whether a band's new sound constitutes criticism in of itself.

I say could. Luckily, the distinction doesn't have to be made here, because EEW is largely a dull affair. There could be an argument to say they have never sounded better, but it becomes clear from the opening song Collect Yourself that there is no immediacy. Songs come and go with jaded composition, pretentious hooks and annoying appearances from trumpets, trombones, violins... you get the picture. One has to wonder, cynically, whether they went down an already completed track-list and merely decided which ones they could obstinately oncorporate a Jazz/Folk groove into. It's all so pretentious in its attempt to be a 'grown up' record. But the fact it doesn't work is probably the most damning thing about it.

Minor commendations go to tracks like Every Little Means Trust and On Another Planet which prove they still know how to make a good Idlewild song or two. Unfortunately, the album is too full of sallow, droll-ridden larks such as Come on Ghost, So Many Things to Decide, Utopia and Like a Clown.

A part of me wonders if Woomble and Jones are just too invested creatively in their solo projects. Because gone are the streetwise and slightly gritty rockers from ten years ago. They made a move to improve things by simply incorporating ideas from the house of mature rock with Make Another World and Post Electric. Now unfortunately they are sitting in the mature rock house themselves, puffing a cigar and swilling brandy, whilst trying to make the same kind of pompous 'elevated rock' their contemporaries are. And it kind of sucks.

5,000 Words Per Hour: Write Faster, Write Smarter: Write Faster, Write Smarter
5,000 Words Per Hour: Write Faster, Write Smarter: Write Faster, Write Smarter
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13 of 16 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Ignore the title and benefit., 18 Aug. 2015
While the information outside of actual novel writing is perfectly useful; for example, methods of motivation and how to prepare yourself and better your application of physically writing, the implication of writing with such a heavy turnaround is incredibly dubious and damaging for an author in my opinion. Honestly, the ethos could have been to write 5,000 words a day, and I still would question it.

If you are writing 5,000 words in an hour, you are writing trash that will have to be edited heavily, or more than likely totally discarded at a later date. No one in the world can possibly write what is essentially a standard chapter length in an hour and expect any satisfying kind of quality.

Do yourself a favour, take some of the information to heart, but plan your writing sessions at the same time. If you write at this abhorrent pace you will only be left to struggle as you pick up the pieces later on. It's a false sense of economy.
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2 of 5 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Not good., 18 Dec. 2014
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I'm guessing the majority of good reviews come from people who've just had the sniffles.

Anyone who has real sinus problems, and probably an addiction to the 'real' nasal sprays like Sudafed will find this product as useless as your basic saline sprays. Seriously, fill a bottle with water if all you intend to do is 'clean' your passages. Doesn't help at all for people with a serious reliance on drug based sprays to breathe. Your better option is to use something like Sudafed in one nostril and try and get off it that way.

Cold Fear
Cold Fear
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5.0 out of 5 stars Gold Fear, 13 Aug. 2013
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This review is from: Cold Fear (Kindle Edition)
Fast paced, involving characters and some very involving scenes.

Really enjoyed this and will be looking at more of the author's work.

Spiral: Vol 15: The Bonds of Reasoning (Spiral: The Bonds of Reasoning)
Spiral: Vol 15: The Bonds of Reasoning (Spiral: The Bonds of Reasoning)
by Kyō Shirodaira
Edition: Paperback
Price: £7.99

5.0 out of 5 stars The end of a masterpiece, 9 July 2013
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A story that will never be repeated or bested, because it's clear very few people get the point.

It's a shame, really.

Rage against the Indie
Rage against the Indie
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Rantastic., 9 July 2013
Having grown rather tired of Stella's popular thread within the Amazon forums ( a grievance not particularly related to herself ) I decided to read this on a whim, knowing I'd never likely see her posts again.

So, what is it? Basically a rant, as advertised. One long whine about the SP situation we all love or hate, depending on our experience as readers and writers. There's a lot of opinion here, most assuredly not put across with kid-gloves, which is definitely the point, but it still grates, even if you are inclined to agree with her viewpoint. And, in all honesty, do we really need to be told all this when there are thousands of pages worth of negative moaning, moping and derision regarding SP authors? I would suggest not. We all know there's crap out there, but that was true long before KDP came along, and I've seen a lot of back chatting from infuriated self-pubbers who clearly don't know what they're protesting against. One man's idea of crap certainly isn't transferable to another, nor is an indie's opinion on crap worth a damn.

In truth, I wish I could stage some form of a test to show how meager every indie reviewer's opinion is. I figure what I'd do is republish Cormac McCarthy's 'Child of God' as a 'newbie' author, and just wait for all the 'OMG, you didn't edit this,' 'the plot makes no sense,' 'you don't use quote marks,' 'the characters are unlikeable,' 'you had a sentence last for like half a page!' In the end I'd just laugh at the vanity of everyone involved. Of course, pure nonsense isn't to be accepted in anyone's novel, but I'd be willing to bet the majority of self-pub-reviewers wouldn't know talent when they saw it, because they're too busy reading 'the no-frills how to write guide.'

To all the genuine authors out there, I would actually suggest straying away from previously stated forums and books like this. All the negativity will rub off on not only yourself, but your work. If it is clear your work needs help, seek out professional help. Go to a writing class with like-minded individuals, and stay away from the negativity.

So, if anything, I've turned this review into a rant not against self-pubbers, but self published reviews. Maybe I should write a book. But then again, nah.
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Let's Get Visible: How To Get Noticed And Sell More Books (Let's Get Publishing Book 2)
Let's Get Visible: How To Get Noticed And Sell More Books (Let's Get Publishing Book 2)
Price: £2.99

28 of 28 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Pinch of salt?, 7 Jun. 2013
I've read my fair share of 'trade secret' books and 'this is how I succeeded' testimonials. Some being informative, the others just merely obvious banter from authors who genuinely don't know the luck factor involved. This one came somewhat in between, being quite the fan of Gaughran's blog and his previous effort, 'Let's Get Digital'

I must confess, my reservations about this release were already present before I delved into it. Reasons for which, I will conclude with.

Gaughran obviously knows what he's talking about. At least the information herein isn't a constant battering of 'tweet this' 'blog that'. He seems to understand the inner workings of Amazon's somewhat bizarre sales structure and rank.

However, I come to my major gripe here - Gaughran's 'success' itself. Obviously, I have no idea what he makes and I dare say it's none of my business and I might be wrong. Maybe he sells millions under another pen name. That said, currently his works of fiction are nowhere near the sales rank required to make a living. Valparaiso, at the time of writing in the UK, is 130,000. From personal experience, that means you're selling a handful of copies every week. His two non-fiction efforts, however, are riding nicely near the top, probably being the crust earner. For me, that is somewhat bizarre. We have someone who's struggling to sell fiction as much as myself, selling huge amounts of instructional books, describing how to get said books noticed! And perhaps that's why this book was made, instead of another fictional offering.

Perhaps I'm being pessimistic, but common sense would tell you to take advice with a pinch of salt, when the person giving it struggles to succeed with his own methods.
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How I Made Over $42,000 in 1 Month Selling My Kindle eBooks
How I Made Over $42,000 in 1 Month Selling My Kindle eBooks
Price: £2.03

16 of 20 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars A sort of 'well, it worked for me' testimonial to KDP select, 17 Sept. 2012
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It would be difficult to 1* this as obviously the author is citing from personal experience. But I have to wonder if she is perhaps a little bit deluded by her own 'success' especially with regards to the KDP select program.

And that is the main point of call in this eBook, essentially a bunch of blog entries detailing her ongoing experience with said program. Truth be told it is partially interesting, but largely for the wrong reasons. It's interesting that she got the sales she did, but the technique described just isn't. Bang a book up for free, and use social media -- sure fire winner... right? Yeah, the author really thinks it was that simple. Granted, KDP select 'free' days allow for exposure, but anyone who thinks that because X amount of people downloaded for free means KACHING after those days are up are clearly not thinking straight. It's probably worth noting very few of the people downloading for free will ever read the book.

"But it worked, the numbers here prove it," so says the author. Well, I won't deny that, but perhaps your success lies elsewhere. For one, you have some good books out there. And while I'm also an avid doubter of social media too, word of mouth by one way or another is surely more responsible here, that in conjunction with Amazon's "customers who bought this" system.

The KDP select program for the most part is viewed as a waste of time by many, and viewed as a publishing timebomb by some. I can't discredit the system enough when we live in the piracy era. People as we speak are now intentionally looking for free books and authors new to the scene are just as happy to dish them out, making it more difficult for the quality to rise to the top of the pile.

The author also has some obsession with John Locke (I mean, her cover is practically the same design as his laughable eBook ) and no surprises she praises Twitter and the like.

My experience with such things are that they are usually vain unless you are actively targetting an audience, or even better, people who are willingly going to advertise your book for you. Such a thing is hard to do and perhaps not worth the trouble unless you really are with the 'in-crowd.' That said, if Locke managed to sell millions of his absolutely atrocious books, I guess I can't criticize.

The rest of the worthwhile info here can be found anywhere else. Create a good looking cover, get an editor, make full use of Amazon's search/tag system. It's not rocket science.
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Kindle Keyboard, Wi-Fi, 6" E Ink Display
Kindle Keyboard, Wi-Fi, 6" E Ink Display

2 of 4 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars All it took was a fall from 2 feet, 24 May 2012
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And it's broke.

Seriously tacky stuff. Was simply reading in bed, slipped to the side and now it is stuck on a page.

After opening it up for the hell of it, it appears that of all the compenents in there, the flimsiest, tackiest compenent that provides the EINK screen is hardly even soldered in... what a joke.

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