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From Within
From Within
Price: £0.77

11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Sleepless in Wakely, 20 April 2011
This review is from: From Within (Kindle Edition)
From Within is an unashamedly old fashioned straight-ahead horror story. It pits three mismatched and troubled strangers who are mysteriously drawn to the Borders town of Wakely against supernatural fog, the living dead, denizens of hell and ancient unknowable evils.

If you're a fan of 70s and 80s British horror or of authors like James Herbert and Dennis Wheatley you'll find a lot to like here. The author moves the plot along at a decent speed, introducing each hero in turn before pitting them against the horrors of Wakely. He can turn out a decent sentence too with economical but effective language.

His dialogue is sometimes less successful and occasionally falls flat but that's hardly an unusual fault in a new author or in a self published novel. He does have a knack for some truly disturbing imagery and I'm sure some of the horrors glimpsed behind the town's windows will stay with me for a while.

The ending is satisfying and not quite what I was expecting from the fairly traditional plotting. I won't ruin it for you but the author makes it work when it could have become a bit silly.

This won't be the novel to change your mind about the horror genre, you probably already know if you enjoy this sort of thing or not but if you do you could do worse (and lets face it on the Kindle store a *lot* worse) than spend a couple of quid and a couple of hours exploring Wakely's spooky streets.

Teach Yourself Japanese Conversation (TYCN)
Teach Yourself Japanese Conversation (TYCN)
by Helen Gilhooly
Edition: Audio CD

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not for the faint hearted, 30 Nov 2005
This course is fine for conversation practise and for polishing exsisting skills but not for the complete beginner.
Japanese words are lengthy and daunting and need to be broken down which is sadly not done here.
The female speaker is fairly indistinct which I'm sure is very authentic but does make it hard to learn new vocabulary. Although the CD claims it's easy to learn in your car the recorded pauses are too short to answer even if you do so immediately after the prompt. Car stereos do not have pause buttons!
On the plus side the CD is well indexed with track markers at the start of each logical section and the course covers the basics in a fairly logical manner with notes on usage and grammar.

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