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Plague - A Medical Thriller (The Plague Trilogy Book 1)
Plague - A Medical Thriller (The Plague Trilogy Book 1)
Price: £1.99

2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Thrilling - read it in one sitting, 25 Aug 2012
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I am a cheapskate and have become mildly addicted to getting free books for my kindle. Just one click for an afternoon of reading pleasure! Free books can be a bit hit and miss but hard to really complain as they are free.

This book is definitely one of the best thrillers I have read in a long time. From the first sentence I was hooked. I am generally not a medical thriller fan (as most of them have show off medical jargon which slows down the pace) but the fast pace of this book and the gripping plot had me up late to find out more.

The story is about a deadly disease that could kill off the world population if not dealt with pronto. There are twists, shady characters and dodgy "forces at work" that the heroine has to fight against. It is isn't the kind of book that will win prizes or have you thinking about it long after it has been finished. BUT it is definitely an exciting read. Something to read in one go or take on holiday. A book with simple, straight forward language that isn't too taxing on your brain cells but hugely ENJOYABLE.

If all free thrillers were as pleasurable as this I might not pay good money for another thriller again.


Lorraine Pascale's Fast, Fresh and Easy Food
Lorraine Pascale's Fast, Fresh and Easy Food
by Lorraine Pascale
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £9.00

81 of 86 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Easy Peasy!!, 13 Aug 2012
This book is a nice addition to my cook books and the pictures are beautiful. I am a lazy and want to do things with minimal cooking so I like the way Lorrainne Pascale chooses her ingredients and recipes. The majority of the recipes don't take up too much time. The onion soup is almost good as the little bistros I use to eat in France. I say almost because if you are looking for restaurant quality food this is not the book for you. But if you want simple, healthy, tasty, dishes to impress your friends at dinner parties this is the book for you. Overall I think it is a good cook book but to be completely honest I prefer the more traditional recipes of "Home Cooking Made Easy."
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Editors on Editing
Editors on Editing
by Gerald Gross
Edition: Paperback
Price: £10.34

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars EXCELLENT BOOK - WORTH THE MONEY, 9 Aug 2012
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If you are a writer looking to get published or someone who would love to be an editor this is the book for you. Do not be put off by the price because it is quite a "hefty" book with plenty of useful information that will help you in the long run.

This is NOT a step-by-step guide about how to get an agent. However, it does go VERY throughly into the mind of what editors are looking for when choosing a book for publication. I have read several books on publishing, getting an agent etc. This is the BEST book I have read on the topic. The book consists of a collection of essays by top editors with topics such as "What Editors look for in a query letter, proposal, and manuscript," to "How books are chosen," to "The copy editor and the author."

I learnt so much from reading this book. Now I know exactly what the role is of an editor, line editor and copy editor. I have a good idea of what types of books editors like to publish. Also, the book has specific chapters on the "money" aspect of publishing and why some good books don't make money. It takes you behind the scenes of the editing process. The last few chapters cover specific genres such as crime and children's literature.

The book was revised in 1993 so some of the dates and "money" aspects are a little out of date. Also, the book is about the American publishing industry. HOWEVER there is so much good information and I have enjoyed reading every page! I can't emphasise how useful this book has been.


A Family Affair: Truth in Lies, Book 1
A Family Affair: Truth in Lies, Book 1
Price: £0.00

448 of 461 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The best freebie ever!, 9 Aug 2012
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I'm a sucker for freebies. Whether it is the latest vitamin drink, chocolate bar or pack of tissue. Sometimes I've been known to walk down a road twice just so I can get two chocolate bars for free. So, when I saw this free book on Amazon that had high ratings I downloaded it just for kicks.

The story is about a man who dies in a car crash and the secret second family he has hidden for 14 years. His wife and daughter have to piece together their lives and discover the other life of a man they thought they knew. We follow the daughter as she goes on a journey to discover the secrets that the second family hold. It is emotional and heartfelt in parts and you like to find out what is happening next. There is romance, strained family relationships and it is quite a pacy read.

Now I am not a huge family saga fan or one of the people that goes gaga over mysteries. However, I did find this book hard to put down and something I would recommend to my friends. The plot is a little predictable but there is something nice about reading a good old fashioned family mystery - one that doesn't feel the need for lots of machine guns or over the top characters. It is the sort of book you can read on a rainy day or in the park. Nothing too taxing or too literary. Just a "nice" read to while the time and I did start to care for the characters which says a lot!

Try it and if you don't like it you shouldn't really complain because it is FREE!
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The Picnic and Suchlike Pandemonium (Bello)
The Picnic and Suchlike Pandemonium (Bello)
Price: £2.39

5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars BRILLIANT!!, 11 July 2012
I think this is the best collection of short stories that Gerald Durrell has written, So, if you are looking to venture into the weird and wonderful world of a hilarious author and only have time to read a short story this would be a good start. Some people say that Gerald Durrell has something Roald Dahl-esque in his stories (talking about Dahl's adult stories rather than children's books). I can see traces of this, however, I prefer Durrell's very quirky "British" humour as he observes his relatives and strange people of the world.

In this book there are six stories. Five are funny and cover his mad family and poke fun at the upper / middle class. A bit like watching an episode of "Keeping Up Appearances. The final story is a critically acclaimed (had good reviews at the time) gothic horror story "The Entrance." It is dark and is crying out to be made into a film but prefer his "funny" stories - think he just wanted to try something new. Overall a GREAT collection of stories that will get you hooked into the magical world of Gerald Durrell!!


Marrying Off Mother and Other Stories (Bello)
Marrying Off Mother and Other Stories (Bello)
Price: £2.39

6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Gerald Durrell does it again!, 11 July 2012
Gerald Durrell tells these short stories with enough wit and charm to entice you to buy all his books. They are like reading a witty feature in a newspaper that makes you smile and want to share with your friends. The stories take you across the world and we meet quirky characters from an American ageing belle to the FUNNY pig who loves truffles (the pig story is my favourite!!) However, it must be noted that not everyone gets Gerald Durrell's sense of humour so before you go off and download all his books at once I would read either "My Family and Other Animals," or "Menagerie Manor," (as introduction books). If you love his quirky humour in those books you should "get" the rest of his work.


Menagerie Manor (Bello)
Menagerie Manor (Bello)
Price: £1.19

5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars For animal lovers...., 11 July 2012
Menagerie Manor is a book written in the same vein as Gerald Durrell's classic "My Family and Other Animals." There are animal anecdotes aplenty and through his quirky observations we see the animal kingdom come alive. Durrell tells the story of how he finally fulfilled his childhood dream of founding his own private zoo, the Manor of Les Augres, on the English Channel island of Jersey. With the help of long suffering wife, selfless staff, and a grumpy bank manager, the zoo grows. It is a real treat for readers and I had plenty of laughs. His writing style is very easy to digest and straight to the point. This book won't win any prizes for flowery prose but it really is a charming story and a quick read.


Theatrhythm Final Fantasy (Nintendo 3DS)
Theatrhythm Final Fantasy (Nintendo 3DS)

2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars EXCELLENT!! SO FUN!!, 10 July 2012
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This is a game for Final Fantasy fans AND people who have never played a Final Fantasy game in their life. The Final Fantasy franchise has some of the most haunting, catchy, beautiful tunes out of any computer game.

Theatrhythm allows you tap your way into restoring harmony and saving the world in the process. It is basically an "Elite Beat Agents" or "Guitar Hero" type game with RPG elements. The game brings you through lush surroundings as you create a party of four warriors to "Rhythm" their way against baddies and monsters.

You will have to complete rhythm-based mini segments that are HIGHLY addictive.

There are three types of rhythm games:

Field Music stages - you have to travel as far as you can to discover extra "loot." This becomes easier when you hit the crucial notes and Chocobos (funny giant big bird like creatures) help you out.

Battle stages - you fight baddies in the usual Final Fantasy battle mode. Except you kill the bad guys by hitting sequences to score damage.

Event stages - you have to keep the rhythm against beautiful sequences of the "emotional" parts of the game.

This game still has the RPG elements and that is what makes it so brilliant!! Characters gain strength and move onto higher levels that allow them to beat the crap out of the enemies as well as use magical abilities to call allies.

I really love this game. It is innovative, quirky and touching at times. Also the 3D element gives it that extra oomph!


Rotastak Pink Palace Small Animal Housing
Rotastak Pink Palace Small Animal Housing
Price: £31.99

4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Looks nice but failed to deliver...., 10 July 2012
I was very excited to purchase the Pink Palace for my nine week old hamster. However, the cons far outweighed the pros and I ended up returning it!

Pros:

Looks nice.
Hamster loves the tubing.

Cons:

Was very difficult to assemble. Instructions were poor and some of the parts were a different colour which made it worse! I could only fit the tubes together by softening the tubing plastic connectors in hot water. However they didn't fit perfectly together so there was a small gap where sawdust could come out from.

My hamster loved the tubes so much she slept in them. This made it a nightmare to clean as she managed to put sawdust and tissues into the tubes. Also, she got stuck a couple of times as the sawdust solidified. So some near death experiences for her! If you are lucky you hamster may not be as crazy as mine and sleep in a normal area. However hamsters do like tubes because they remind them of the burrows in the wild.

Not easy to clean with all the different parts.

Hamster chewed for hours on metal bar edges on second floor.

Wheel was far too small for hamster. My hamster was not even fully grown but I could see she struggled with the size of the wheel and then eventually ignored it. When I got a larger wheel she used it for hours at a time (6.5 inched wheel).


Roberto Cavalli Ladies Oryza Analogue Watch R7253124017 with Yellow Gold PVD Dial and Stainless Steel Case
Roberto Cavalli Ladies Oryza Analogue Watch R7253124017 with Yellow Gold PVD Dial and Stainless Steel Case

9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Stunning watch, 10 July 2012
This watch is absolutely stunning and glamorous. It looks as if it is made out of real gold and will be the kind of watch that gets compliments! It can be worn instead of a bracelet as the gold shimmers and shines. However, it is not a practical watch - more like a bracelet than a watch. So, buy it with the intention of using it as a piece of jewellery rather than an everyday watch you wear to the office. It is also not for people with small wrists as it will be too loose and maybe a bit overwhelming. But a gorgeous stand out piece for your jewellery box.
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