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Scottish Narrow Gauge Railways
Scottish Narrow Gauge Railways
Price: £3.35

2.0 out of 5 stars Uninspiring, 21 Aug 2014
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Given the number of narrow gauge lines in Scotland and the little known about them, one could forgive a certain brevity on some of them; possibly not on virtually all... Large parts, to be honest, read like a catalogue listing the lines and locos and little else, while the maps and photos (at least when viewed on a standard Kindle) are too small to see properly. It might be better on a tablet or PC where you can zoom more effectively, but definitely not on a Kindle. As an avowed narrow gauge junkie, I have to confess I ended up skipping over the end (gasworks lines, as I recall) since the content had long since ceased to inspire. As an exhaustive list of Scottish narrow gauge, I salute its completeness; as an interesting read... Let's just say bring on the Mogodon.


Welshpool to Llanfair: Featuring the Lost Connection (Narrow Gauge)
Welshpool to Llanfair: Featuring the Lost Connection (Narrow Gauge)
by Vic Mitchell
Edition: Paperback
Price: £17.51

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Just the Ticket, 21 Aug 2014
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Gloriously obscure to the average reader, but then you'd hardly be interested otherwise... Nicely done in the Middleton Press style with well reproduced photos covering just about every bit of the line, especially the 'lost' part through Welshpool. One small quibble is the maps - hardly Middleton's fault; the Ordnance Survey having failed to do a large scale survey while the line was open through the town. That aside, a worthy addition to any narrow gauge junky's shelves.


Big Maria
Big Maria
Price: £1.00

3.0 out of 5 stars Curate's Egg, 21 Aug 2014
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The blurb claims Big Maria is 'wickedly funny;' I'd say more moderately funny in places - maybe it's a sense of humour thing..? If you find moderately bad language, bodily fluids and the like offensive, you'd do better to steer clear, but otherwise it's surprisingly gripping once you get into it (the first couple of dozen pages aren't too much of an advert!). Yes, it's faintly ridiculous with a definitely surreal air, but maybe southern Arizona's like that.


Tell, Don't Show!
Tell, Don't Show!
Price: £0.91

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4.0 out of 5 stars An unusual twist, 16 April 2014
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This review is from: Tell, Don't Show! (Kindle Edition)
10 out of 10 for brevity - instead of rambling on at inordinate length to stretch a simple idea into a worthy "tome," Mr Lofquist has a simple idea told simply and to the point. I'm not saying it will turn the reader into a prolific author overnight - it seems to have had little effect on my laggardly progress - but it's an "upside-down" way of writing that at least promises a way out of those awkward moments when you know what should be happening next, but can't seem to find the golden prose to suit the occasion..! A useful tool in the writer's toolbox.


Agatha Raisin and the Walkers of Dembley
Agatha Raisin and the Walkers of Dembley
Price: £4.27

2.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing, 16 April 2014
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Working my way through the Agatha Raisin series in order, I have to say I was sorely disappointed with this one. Perhaps Ms Beaton was having an off day, but the basic premise is pretty far-fetched, the execution patchy at best and the conclusion put me in mind of Inspector Barnaby (of Midsomer Murders fame) where the solution seemed to be plucked from thin air. Add a cast of cardboard cut-out stereotypes and this is one best quietly forgotten...


The Philo Vance Megapack: 12 Classic Mysteries - The Complete Series
The Philo Vance Megapack: 12 Classic Mysteries - The Complete Series
Price: £0.39

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Heavy going, 10 Mar 2014
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A sort of hybrid between Sherlock Holmes, Lord Peter Wimsey and Hercule Poirot, only with an American accent. Sadly his sidekick (shades of Dr Watson) has such a heavy, wordy style that I suspect I'll never make it all the way to the twelfth installment! Suffice it to say that it was only sheer determination to find out 'whodunnit' that got me as far as the end of number one. If nothing else. it makes you appreciate Conan Doyle all the more...


The Great War: 1914-1918
The Great War: 1914-1918
Price: £6.60

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Well written and thought-provoking, 10 Mar 2014
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A neat balance between historical facts - major actions, characters, etc. - and personal accounts of those who lived through it, from privates to field-marshals. Peter Hart gives us a clear and lucid picture of what happened from the build-up towards the war to the aftermath and its effects (still being felt today, in part) with a sense of balance that apportions due praise and blame regardless of whose 'side' the participants were on. All in all, if you want to know what the Great War was all about - as well as what happened - in one, reasonably-sized volume, this is the one for you.
Having said that - and why 4 stars not 5 - the Kindle edition comes without any maps (and yes, I know they're not the easiest things to make out on a Kindle anyway). This means the reader is fumbling about in the dark when told that an offensive occurred around Arras or in the Champagne unless you happen to have an atlas to hand. Even one general one would have been handy...


Space Captain Smith
Space Captain Smith
Price: £3.59

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing, 5 Oct 2013
Sadly, the sales blurb is far better than the book..! Much of the humour is delivered with a sledgehammer (or worse, explained afterwards in case you missed the joke), anachronisms jar (would far in the future folk know the lyrics of House of Pain?) and descriptions seem to pop up only when Mr Frost notices he hasn't put one in for a while.
This might sound harsh, but a promisingly "daft" story has been spoilt by ham-fisted execution. Sorry Tony, but I won't be buying any more of the series.


ISS Detector Pro
ISS Detector Pro
Price: £1.99

1.0 out of 5 stars Unimpressed, 21 Aug 2013
This review is from: ISS Detector Pro (App)
Even with a wifi connection, it refused to download its data and work. Maybe it's because it was on a tablet not a phone, but I was so unimpressed it's gone the way of all non-working apps - deleted!


Agatha Raisin and the Quiche of Death (Agatha Raisin Mysteries Book 1)
Agatha Raisin and the Quiche of Death (Agatha Raisin Mysteries Book 1)
Price: £0.89

4.0 out of 5 stars An entertaining read, 13 Aug 2013
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Slightly quirky, but a good and fairly gentle whodunnit. Nicely captured the "them and us" feel of the Cotswolds - I know because I live there. Mind you, the locals are more likely to talk endlessly about Premier League football than the weather... Certainly worth a go.


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