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The Complete Poems and Plays of T. S. Eliot
The Complete Poems and Plays of T. S. Eliot
Price: £10.04

5.0 out of 5 stars unmissable classic, 13 Sep 2014
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I own both kindle and paperback versions. Comprehensive edition - very practical for fans. Light on commentary or footnotes. Author needs no review... Must-know.


Nobo SlimLine Drywipe Board Magnetic with Pen and Built-in Eraser 280x14x360mm Silver Ref QB05442CD
Nobo SlimLine Drywipe Board Magnetic with Pen and Built-in Eraser 280x14x360mm Silver Ref QB05442CD
Price: £13.85

3.0 out of 5 stars Very, very, very practical to use. But ..., 9 Aug 2014
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Very, very, very practical to use. But completely unaesthetic. So buyers beware, this one does not adorn the wall it is hung on...


Selected Poems of T. S. Eliot (Faber 80th Anniversary Edition)
Selected Poems of T. S. Eliot (Faber 80th Anniversary Edition)
by T.S. Eliot
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £7.69

2.0 out of 5 stars I was looking for a beautiful real ink-and-paper edition of TS Eliot, 9 Aug 2014
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My review is specifically about the presentation of the published book, not on the content! I was looking for a beautiful real ink-and-paper edition of TS Eliot, and in our day and age of ipads and kindles and unlimited free content, the quality of , well, paper and ink, was important for me to justify using up one more space on my space-constrained bookshelf. The standard is Everyman editions... and this Faber & Faber 80th anniversary did not live up. Paper is thick and low quality, the overall "feel" of the book is decidedly cheap. I ended up returning the book to Amazon.


Linens Limited Polycotton Quilted Mattress Protector, Extra Deep, Double
Linens Limited Polycotton Quilted Mattress Protector, Extra Deep, Double
Offered by Linens Limited
Price: £9.95

1.0 out of 5 stars Machine oil stain in between the layers - dirt was staining when I unpacked the order, 17 Jun 2014
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Awful experience - the mattress protector had a black stain which was not dry. I was lucky to notice it before using the item and spreading the dirt (of unknown origin) on the rest of my bedding.


Antifragile: Things that Gain from Disorder
Antifragile: Things that Gain from Disorder
Price: £5.49

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Grudgingly, 4 stars. Content has to win over presentation., 9 Feb 2014
Ideas are original and substantive.

Lots of facts and quotes which are interesting, though often they add no additional power to the argument.

Immodest and wasteful abuse of words. Too long, too pompous and hence short of true greatness.

Taleb, you could have done better.


Sleep: A Very Short Introduction (Very Short Introductions)
Sleep: A Very Short Introduction (Very Short Introductions)
Price: £4.12

3.0 out of 5 stars ok, 4 Jan 2014
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Useful but by virtue of the "very brief intro" genre, this ends up being extremely dry reading. Too many sub topics to be covered in too brief a space - hence there is no substantive discussion to get the reader drawn into. And the "brief" facts one may as well pick up by a google search, for free...


Willpower: Why Self-Control is the Secret of Success
Willpower: Why Self-Control is the Secret of Success
by Roy F. Baumeister
Edition: Paperback
Price: £6.99

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Neither intellectual Nor entertaining = pretty awful, 22 Sep 2013
What is good about the book - 1. Roy Baumeister seems to be a respected academic with a track record in researching the subject matter. However, judging by the style, my impression is that the book was penned by the journalist co-author and Baumeister merely signed off on the text. 2. The book does refer to the results of several interesting experiments in psychology - so this is not just anecdotes and one does learn something about recent research on self-control

What is terrible about the book - 1. Poor sense of structure. The authors (Tierney, I suspect - the book annoyingly keeps talking about Baumeister in the third person, which leaves a slight taste of hagiography) have done an awful job at drawing the the reader into the subject. There is no flow and only a weak sense of how the various sub-topics hang together. Some digressions seem long and not really relevant (for example - fairly long but pointless discussion of PMS syndrome in women - but beyond the simple fact that PMS is associated with weakened self-control, this adds absolutely nothing). 2. The book is aimed at a popular reader - don't buy this if you prefer something more rigorous and intellectually stimulating. 3. The bland writing style, regurgitation of results of studies, jumping from topic to topic (PMS, dieting, parenting) make it quite a boring read. So it is not just substandard intellectually but also not really entertaining.

Please don't get me wrong - the subject itself is fascinating. But in my view it is handled very poorly here, despite the credentials of Roy Baumeister.


The Signal and the Noise: The Art and Science of Prediction
The Signal and the Noise: The Art and Science of Prediction
Price: £4.68

4.0 out of 5 stars worthwhile read overall, 20 July 2013
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I enjoyed the breadth of discussion (forecasting of weather, climate change, sporting events, macroeconomy, stock market, earthquakes and terrorism) and thought the book was rather good on substance. Writing style seems to have been heavily edited to make the book an accessible read with lively detail that's irrelevant to the subject matter.


The Checklist Manifesto: How To Get Things Right
The Checklist Manifesto: How To Get Things Right
Price: £4.63

4.0 out of 5 stars Good insights, 9 Mar 2013
Good, substantive insights - examples include:

Highly effective practices (checklists) have been routinely applied in some industries (aviation) for generations, and are just beginning to be mass adopted in others ( medicine, finance)

Individual brilliance vs. disciplined teamwork - how much do commonly held values map onto true driving factors of outstanding results in complex and critical environments?

Overall, the book has substance and strong content that one would expect from a thoughtful, extremely intelligent practitioner.

The writing is a little bit polluted with journalistic embellishments - irrelevant detail presumably seeking to entertain or engage a reader who has no urgent practical interest in checklists.... This is a minor grievance though and surely we must blame the editor not the author.


The Power of Habit: Why We Do What We Do, and How to Change
The Power of Habit: Why We Do What We Do, and How to Change
by Charles Duhigg
Edition: Paperback

4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Great topic, shallow style, 2 Jan 2013
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I bought the book because of my interest in the subject matter.

Readers beware if you are looking for something deeper than a newspaper topic review. Whilst I remain very interested in the topic itself, and enriched by the insights about habit attributes / habit breakages, I did not enjoy the book - it is very entry-style, newspaper level accessibility with much human interest detail that is irrelevant to the topic.
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