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Bosch TAS6515GB Tassimo beverage maker titanium
Bosch TAS6515GB Tassimo beverage maker titanium

0 of 3 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars No packaging, 11 Dec. 2013
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My husband has been using Tassimo machines for several years so I decided to get him a spare one for Christmas. However the item turned up with no additional packaging, just the postage label stuck directly to the Tassimo box, and is impossible to remove without ruining the surface so I can't give it to him as a Christmas present.
They are great machines, but I'd avoid this seller if possible. Next time I'll buy direct from Currys.


Carry Me Home
Carry Me Home
by Terri Wiltshire
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £12.99

5.0 out of 5 stars If you like Fannie Flagg then this is worth a punt..., 21 May 2012
This review is from: Carry Me Home (Hardcover)
Sometimes you start a novel with a dual narrative and find yourself rooting for one or other character. Terri manages to keep both so full of suspense you can't help reading on. Two beautifully crafted characters, and a dollop of historical fiction to boot. Loved it.


666 Charing Cross Road
666 Charing Cross Road
by Paul Magrs
Edition: Paperback
Price: £13.99

2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Characterisation but no plot., 22 Feb. 2012
This review is from: 666 Charing Cross Road (Paperback)
Paul Magrs admits himself (in his blog) that he loves characterisation, and this novel is all about that, including switching viewpoints between characters within scenes which unpublished writers are warned to avoid. He does that well, but that's all he does well. There is a distinct lack of plot in this novel. I sincerely hope it's not the first in a series, because I lost the will to live half way in.


Sea of Ghosts (Gravedigger Chronicles 1)
Sea of Ghosts (Gravedigger Chronicles 1)
by Alan Campbell
Edition: Hardcover

5.0 out of 5 stars More please., 9 Feb. 2012
Brilliant, simply brilliant. Loved Alan Campbell's Deepgate Codex, and honestly didn't expect him to be able to pull it off again, but he has. Can't wait to buy the next one.


Too Close to Home
Too Close to Home
by Linwood Barclay
Edition: Paperback
Price: £8.99

3.0 out of 5 stars An object lesson to budding crime writers how not to do it..., 3 Aug. 2011
This review is from: Too Close to Home (Paperback)
3 strikes against it:
Firstly the opening chapter from the son's pov is completely unnecessary. It takes one of the prospective perpetrators of the crime out of contention, even though the author continues to stack the evidence up against him.
Second is the poor placement of a character who isn't introduced until two thirds of the way into the novel. I thought 'ah, an undercover reporter' but apparently that possibility never crossed the author's mind. There was ample opportunity to bring him in earlier, then the main character wouldn't have needed to repeat so much, so as to bring him up to speed.
Third is lack of continuity in the dialogue - which should have been caught by any editor worth their salt. Instead lines of dialogue end up out of order, so the main character appears to be a mind reader, or is putting words in other characters' mouths.
The main plot thread has been pinched from the movie DOA, but, unfortunately, the imminent death of the main character is not forthcomming, however much one mentally begs the author to kill him off and put this reader out of their misery.
The novel pretty much wraps up by page 330 out of 463. If you haven't got it by then it probably means you stopped reading a long time ago. I continued reading but only because it offered valuable lessons in how not to plot.
One plot thread that is never tied up is the reason for the wife being sick, forcing the family to postpone their holiday. The author should have made her pregnant but slipped up again.
The only reason I'm giving it 3 stars instead of one is because of the final twist in the denoument, which reminded me of when Malfoy got slugged by Hermione (big cheer).


The Redbreast: A Harry Hole thriller (Oslo Sequence 1)
The Redbreast: A Harry Hole thriller (Oslo Sequence 1)
by Jo Nesbo
Edition: Paperback
Price: £7.99

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Ok for a thriller, 16 May 2011
Overall it was good, but it's not the page turner the back cover blurb would have you believe. Picks up about half way through so worth sticking with.
Main fault is the author is crap at writing from women's perspectives. Helena and Ellen are both far too emotional - and Ellen's meant to be an experienced cop! The scenes leading up to her murder are completely unbelievable hence only 3 stars.


The Stone Carvers
The Stone Carvers
by Jane Urquhart
Edition: Hardcover

5.0 out of 5 stars A beautiful story, 15 May 2011
This review is from: The Stone Carvers (Hardcover)
This is my first encounter with Jane Urquhart's writing, and I found the novel utterly enchanting. Beautiful prose and a page turning plot: Literary fiction at it's very best.


Silence Of The Grave (Reykjavik Murder Mysteries 2)
Silence Of The Grave (Reykjavik Murder Mysteries 2)
by Arnaldur Indridason
Edition: Paperback
Price: £8.99

11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best of the series..., 25 Nov. 2010
Having just finished the Reykjavik Murder Mystery series, I have to say this is the best of the set, and fully deserved it's CWA dagger award.
Indridason masterfully combines two narratives: the criminal investigation set in the present, and the historical narrative, (- one of his writing strengths, but unfortunately missing from some of the novels in the series). He keeps the reader guessing who dunnit, to the very end of this page turner.


The Spook's Secret: Book 3 (The Wardstone Chronicles)
The Spook's Secret: Book 3 (The Wardstone Chronicles)
by Joseph Delaney
Edition: Paperback

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Starting to flag, 29 Jun. 2010
The cover boasts 'Ideal for the reader who has outgrown Harry Potter' The Times. It is an idle boast because the HP series is head and shoulders above this one, not least because of Delaney's annoying habit of repeating plot points at regular intervals. While JK Rowling, in comparison, has the decency to assume her readers are intelligent enough to remember everything the first time round.
While Harry Potter is Crossover 9-12/YA, the Spooks books fall squarely in the 9-12yr age band, and that is no bad thing. The plotting is good - you never quite know what's going to happen, but you know it's going to be scary, most likely gory, and very bad news for Tom - which is great news for boys. They'll love it. And with the feisty Alice at his side, it's a great read for girls too.
Despite my moaning I still give this four stars and recommend it to children who aren't (too) scared of things that go bump in the night.


Slam
Slam
by Nick Hornby
Edition: Paperback

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars It's good but is it good enough?, 1 July 2009
This review is from: Slam (Paperback)
Nick Hornby is an uneven writer. His talent is in writing teenaged characters, and yet he also insists on writing adult fiction. Having come to him through About A Boy, which was excellent, but felt let down by A Long Way Down, I approached Slam hoping for the best, and I think he's delivered. For anyone who has watched and loved the film Juno, but wondered what it was like from the boy's point of view, then this is the book for you. There weren't any real highs or lows in the book, but neither did it give me a reason to put it down. A good, solid, performance from Hornby.


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