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Battle Lines (Department 19, Book 3)
Battle Lines (Department 19, Book 3)
by Will Hill
Edition: Paperback
Price: £5.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Mid-series, plot doesn't progress much, but still a very good read, 9 Jun 2014
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You can tell that it’s a mid-series book, because the plot feels like it’s dragging on a bit and nothing new is happening. The whole book only spans a few days, although it’s set a while after the previous book, but things happen and it’s very engaging, occasionally gory, and as delightfully teenage-angsty as before.

If the plot had progressed more, then it would have been perfect. Some parts I don't really see the point in, but on the plus side, Frankenstein’s back!


TurboIRC
TurboIRC
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3.0 out of 5 stars SSL?, 28 April 2014
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This looks like a great app, just what I was after, and it says it supports SSL. The irc network I use uses SSL and I don't see where it can be enabled. Having the port as +9000 works in some clients but this one won't allow anything but numbers in the port field. So unless I want to use a non-SSL server (I want to use this one network only, which is SSL), this program is sadly unusable.


Harry Potter Ravenclaw Slytherin Gryffindor Hufflepuff Sorting Silk Tie Cosplay (Hufflepuff)
Harry Potter Ravenclaw Slytherin Gryffindor Hufflepuff Sorting Silk Tie Cosplay (Hufflepuff)

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3.0 out of 5 stars Why does the Hufflepuff tie have blue stripes? I know it's cheap but come on!, 20 Feb 2014
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These ties are the cheapest ones you'll find - which is particularly great when you are in want of buying more than one and therefore hesitant to spend £25 for each - and Gryffindor, Ravenclaw and Slytherin are perfectly fine. There are others that might look better, but you get what you're paying for. The Ravenclaw one is grey instead of bronze, but that is to be expected. The problem is the Hufflepuff tie. I was thinking maybe the picture looks a bit off, but now that I have it, it really IS blue instead of black, which I have no explanation for, as Hufflepuff's colours are yellow and black in both the books and the film. So options now are to Sharpie over the blue (which will probably ruin the tie if it's washed) or go and buy an expensive, but correct, tie somewhere else and save my yellow-and-blue tie for when I'm feeling particularly Swedish.


Mahjong Solitaire Epic
Mahjong Solitaire Epic
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4.0 out of 5 stars lots of options, 3 Feb 2014
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Lots of options of background, several tile sets (makes things much easier) and other options, except one to remove the cheesy animation when you match tiles. Options to highlight available tiles and reshuffle when you get stuck makes things perhaps a little too easy.


Female Badger (feat. Rob Brydon)
Female Badger (feat. Rob Brydon)
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Hilarious song, 30 Jan 2014
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Rob Brydon is a really good singer, and it's a really catchy song, from "This is Jinsy" series 2. The only downside is that it's not included on the soundtrack for series 2, where it's sorely missed.


The Radical Practice of Loving Everyone: A Four-Legged Approach to Enlightenment
The Radical Practice of Loving Everyone: A Four-Legged Approach to Enlightenment
by Michael J. Chase
Edition: Paperback
Price: £5.88

4.0 out of 5 stars Charming and inspiring, but wish it was more about the actual dog, 9 Dec 2013
With plenty of humour and lots and lots of heart, Michael J Chase recounts how poodle Mollie came into his life, and the life lessons she has taught him. It's not some kind of spiritual version of "Marley & Me", though. This is more about how walking a dog has inspired spiritual insights in a human, which is perhaps not exactly the reason why you'd get this book.

Yes, it contains cute stories about Mollie enthusiastically doing things that every dog would probably love, but it also shares stories about the author's life and work, for instance when he goes to New York for a 24-hour charity project.

In a way, it's more about how having Mollie and putting himself in her "shoes" (collar?) and realising that dogs are way more relaxed about daily life than we are than, well, anything else.

Mollie might be a furry Buddha (the author is a Buddhist, if I read it right), but I think this book might have a problem, because you expect the book to be all about a dog and then ... it isn't. Still, the book is worth a read in its own right. It's charming, inspiring and restores a bit of faith in humanity. More people should follow Chase's example, with or without being inspired by a beloved pooch.


{ [ COPPERHEAD ] } By Connolly, Tina (Author) Oct-15-2013 [ Hardcover ]
{ [ COPPERHEAD ] } By Connolly, Tina (Author) Oct-15-2013 [ Hardcover ]
by Tina Connolly
Edition: Hardcover

4.0 out of 5 stars Ironskin sequel, inspired by Anne Brontė's The Tenant of Wildfell Hall, 9 Dec 2013
Copperhead is the sequel to Ironskin, and like its predecessor, it's inspired by a Brontė novel. Ironskin was a steampunk-esque take on Charlotte's Jane Eyre, while Copperhead is inspired by Anne's The Tenant of Wildfell Hall. While some elements are similar, the actual story itself is completely different from "Tenant".

We're back in the world where the humans are at war with the fey. The Copperhead organisation are essentially Nazis and do their best to weasel themselves into power.

On the one hand, Helen is a society belle with a wealthy husband who's a Copperhead member. On the other, she's the sister of a woman trying to strip everyone of the beautiful, transplanted faces before they're taken over by fey, and Helen is uncomfortable with Copperhead's anti-dwarvven politics. As characters go, I found Jane more sympathetic than Helen, so reading a book where Helen takes centre stage is frustrating, at times. In a sort of "stop worrying about getting your skirt dirty and GET ON WITH IT!" kind of way.

Then again, the things I found frustrating about Ironskin, like the abrupt ending, didn't feature here. When I had reached the end, if anything, I was wondering if there would be another part to the story.

At any rate, I thought the book was well-written, I really like the world setting (it's never specified by name what city it is, or even which country, but it has a British sort of feel to it), and Frye is a great character.

If you enjoyed Ironskin and wanted more, you should definitely read Copperhead, because it's good fun.


Weight Loss for People Who Feel Too Much: A 4-Step, 8-Week Plan to Finally Lose the Weight, Manage Emotional Eating, and Find Your Fabulous Self
Weight Loss for People Who Feel Too Much: A 4-Step, 8-Week Plan to Finally Lose the Weight, Manage Emotional Eating, and Find Your Fabulous Self
by Colette Baron-Reid
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £14.49

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3.0 out of 5 stars So-so weight loss advice for Highly Sensitive Persons (HSPs), 9 Dec 2013
Billed as a book about weight loss for Highly Sensitive Persons (HSPs), which I am, I thought this would be a great read. It both is and isn't. The first half of the book I got through very quickly, and then I got bored, as the book felt like it was just repeating itself.

There are some pointers for HSPs in general that are very good - like how you should learn to relax, for instance by using salt baths. But then it also says how you should have a 20-minute salt bath once a day. While I would never complain about having baths, because I happen to be rather fond of them, baths use a lot of water. If you're a HSP, you're probably already cautious of your water usage for environmental reasons, but even if you're not, your water bill should make you cautious about following this tip to the letter.

One thing that bothered me was that the author clearly has a dysfunctional relationship with food. If you have to instruct hotels to clear out the minibar for you before you arrive, lest you scoff it all, that's not a healthy relationship. I wholly sympathise with the sentiment of "if you don't have it at home, you don't have the temptation", but if I go to a hotel room, I'm not raiding the seriously overpriced minibar just because it's there.

So, for me, this book is a bit of hit and miss. Parts of it are brilliant, other parts are a bit strange, but each to their own, as they say. No doubt this book can help some overweight HSPs get a better feel for when food is food, and when food is just used to cover up feelings. If you're a fellow HSP, it's worth checking out and making up your own mind about it.

If you're NOT a HSP, odds are most of this book and its advice is going to feel like "LOL what?!", so you might want to skip this.


One of Our Thursdays is Missing (Thursday Next)
One of Our Thursdays is Missing (Thursday Next)
by Jasper Fforde
Edition: Paperback

5.0 out of 5 stars It’s all a bit marvellous, really, 9 Dec 2013
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There’s not much I can say without gushing, because I love these books, and I was certainly not disappointed by this one. Sprocket, I hope we’ll see more of. Loved how the other characters in Thursday’s books were unhappy with the changes she’s made, and how different they were. Sweet, plocking Pickwick, for instance, played by the dodo in Alice in Wonderland, turns out to have serious attitude issues.

We also get an insight into how self-publishing is received in the BookWorld, as well as that of fanfiction. From what I’ve read in his FAQ section, Jasper Fforde was against fanfiction to begin with, but has since realised that it doesn’t necessarily suck. Good for him.

In One of Our Thursdays is Missing, Thursday Next isn’t the narrator. Not the real Thursday, anyway – it’s the fictional one introduced in the previous book. As the book doesn’t feature the real Thursday (much), there’s not a lot of Jurisfiction involved, which is sad. Still, "One of Our Thursdays is Missing" is not just fun, but funny, innovative and delightful.


How To Go Carbon Neutral: A Practical Guide to Treading More Lightly Upon the Earth
How To Go Carbon Neutral: A Practical Guide to Treading More Lightly Upon the Earth
by Mark Brassington
Edition: Paperback
Price: £8.68

4.0 out of 5 stars An easy to read introduction, but could perhaps do with an update, 9 Dec 2013
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If you’ve ever wondered how to start going about being more eco-friendly, this the sort of book that will help you on your way. If you’re not into eco-friendliness to save the environment, you can always do it to save money. Regardless of your motivation between wanting to go green, this book will give you good pointers where to start.

This book is easy to read, covers a lot of ground and specifically says when it doesn’t go into further details – and why – and suggests where you can find more information. It’s meant as a basic introduction, and as such, it does a good job.

There are a couple of editing mistakes (at one point, it says “see page X” … and that’s not the correct page) but that happens. The book is a quick and easy read, but as it came out in 2008, I’m not sure how much the situation around these things has changed, with legislation and fees and so on. Still, that’s something you could easily find out if you got into it.

How to Go Carbon Neutral is written by a Nottingham-based author and talks about regulations and costs as they relate to people in the UK, but there is a lot of general advice applicable to other countries as well.


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