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Ferry Funny Tales Of The Sea: The best short funny stories from life aboard the ferries in the North Sea
Ferry Funny Tales Of The Sea: The best short funny stories from life aboard the ferries in the North Sea
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting Book, 7 Mar 2012
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Unlike the other reviewer, I don't know anything about ferries. Despite having no insider knowledge, I enjoyed the book.

The book is a series of anecdotes about the author's experiences on ferries off the UK coast.It's light hearted and interesting. None of the stories are graphic, but there are some adult themes and language, so you should be aware of this when purchasing it.

It's not a long book, and I read it comfortably in one sitting. I'd recommend it for a light, entertaining read. I'll look out for the author's next book - it would be good if they then expanded their experiences in to a story, rather than anecdotes alone. I'd buy it.


Blood Faerie - Urban Fantasy (Caledonia Fae Book 1)
Blood Faerie - Urban Fantasy (Caledonia Fae Book 1)
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Fantasy, 5 Mar 2012
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I had no great expectations of this book. There are so many urban fantasy novels now, that many of the books merge in to a homogeneous mass.

This book works well, however. The writing is assured, and the copyediting good. The main characters are interesting, and there is a convincing back story. The book moves along at a brisk pace, and I looked forward to picking the Kindle up to read it.

The Scottish setting is fairly limited. I had no particular sense of the two main settings (Perth and Skye), although the details that were given were all plausible. There were unanswered questions, but this seemed appropriate for the first book of a series.

Overall, a confident and well imagined book. I'll buy the next one in the series, and I hope the author makes a bit more use of the Scottish setting.


Bubba and the Dead Woman
Bubba and the Dead Woman
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4.0 out of 5 stars Three-quarters of a good book, 30 Jan 2012
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This is a decent Southern crime novel. The characters are likeable and interesting, and the feel of the area is conveyed well. The typographical errors mentioned by another reviewer seem to have been corrected - or at least I didn't notice them. I did find the little chapter descriptions pointless, but that wasn't a problem.

The weakness of the book is the breakneck pace of the ending. Most of the plot is revealed through conversations, and the book moves along at a reasonable speed. Suddenly, at about 90% on the Kindle, the last quarter of the book is squeezed in to the remaining 10%. A character changes, with no real warning, presumably to make the ending work. From the character driven writing of the rest of the book, it abruptly shifts to an exposition, when all the loose ends are tied up. There was nothing in the ending that couldn't have worked, but the sudden leap in style suggested that the author had run out of either time, or steam. Making the book a bit longer, and letting the plot work itself out, would have worked a lot better for me.

There was enough in this book to encourage me to buy the next book in the series, but the ending was something of a disappointment.


Morgue Drawer Four (Morgue Drawer series)
Morgue Drawer Four (Morgue Drawer series)
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good crime novel, interesting premise, 28 Jan 2012
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This is a German crime novel, translated in to English. The basic idea - a disembodied spirit talking to a pathologist - has been covered in other reviews. The idea works well. The deceased criminal's character develops over the course of the book - but perhaps that's intended to be why he stays around. There is something slightly odd about the translation. For large parts of the book, it might as well be in Seattle. There's no real sense of 'German-ness' about it. Still, perhaps the author was aiming for a American crime novel feel in the first place. Overall, a quirky book, but well worth reading.


The Complete MCA Studio Recordings
The Complete MCA Studio Recordings
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent value, and great material, 3 Sep 2011
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I owned most of this material on cassette tape, and was delighted to find it available as an MP3 download. I had tried to buy 'Little Love Affairs' on its own, but it doesn't seem to be available as an MP3 download in the UK. This set has the songs from two other CDs as well, but a few extra tracks.

I was particularly pleased to get copies of 'Lone Star State of Mind', 'Ford Econoline', 'Gulf Coast Highway' and 'Outbound Plane'. I have a vivid recollection of Griffith singing these tracks in a great concert at Govan Town Hall in Glasgow not long after the 'Little Love Affairs' album was released. The production on a few songs sounds a little dated, as one of the other reviews commented, but the great majority of the tracks are still bright and fresh.

If you owned the tracks in the past, this is a good way to buy a set at a bargain price. If you're less familiar with Nanci Griffith, this is a good place to begin to get to know her music.


The Twelve Hidden Laws of Performance: How to Use Your Mind to Win in Sport and Life
The Twelve Hidden Laws of Performance: How to Use Your Mind to Win in Sport and Life
by Don Macnaughton
Edition: Paperback
Price: 8.00

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Advice for real life-success, 3 Sep 2011
Don MacNaughton is an experienced sports psychologist with a track record of working with individuals, teams and organisations. I've used some of Don's web materials, and heard him speak in person, and this book is a great distillation of many of the key ideas he conveys in his in-person and internet-based training.

The book is well set out, and easy to follow. Don uses a 'twelve laws' structure, which results in bite-sized chapters. It can be read in a few hours, but the structure also makes it easy to read a few chapters, set the book aside, and pick it back up again at the place you stoppped. It's also straightforward to find a section you want to re-read. I read the book through once, and then re-read it over a week, giving myself a chance to think over each section in turn.

While I'm interested in sports coaching, the ideas in Don's book are easy to apply to life coaching. If you changed some of Don's examples to business quotes, you'd have a great volume on career success. I'm confident that many people with little or no interest in sports will get a lot from the book.

Don's core argument is that success doesn't happen by accident, and that success can be derailed or promoted by your mind set. He gives practical ideas for improvement, and many sports examples where success and failure was affected by a person's mental approach. If I had to pick key ideas, I'd say that Don's recognition that if you don't do anything then nothing will change, and his emphasis on identifying opportunities for learning and growth, are particularly useful.

The book concludes with a summary of the main ideas, and details of free on-line support materials. All in all, a good, useful volume that many people should find of benefit.


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