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Pompeii
Pompeii
by Robert Harris
Edition: Paperback

3 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars For what it is, a good read, 9 Jun 2005
This review is from: Pompeii (Paperback)
Not intended to be high-brow, this simple book follows the interesting story of a character in charge of the water supplies to the region around Pompeii. Very simply written, and non-too taxing, it's an interesting spin on looking at the lives of a small group of people at the time of the eruption.
Lay back, don't think too hard and let your mind relax into the book, but don't expect any cerebral stimulation!


The Five People You Meet In Heaven
The Five People You Meet In Heaven
by Mitch Albom
Edition: Paperback
Price: 7.91

13 of 16 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Too obvious?, 31 May 2005
There's a fine line between writing a haunting and evocative novel and writing over-sentimentalistic rubbish. This book gets very close to the line and crosses it in places. Somehow touching yet somehow 'manufactured', it's all just a little 'too obvious'.
I wound't say it was worth the read unless you like 'tear jerker' Hollywood movies!


The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency
The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency
by Alexander McCall Smith
Edition: Paperback
Price: 7.19

5 of 10 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Simple rambling story, 22 May 2005
This is a very simply written story, or series of sub-stories. There is no overall direction to the book: it just wanders onwards at a pleasant, easy going pace, never challenging but never really leading anywhere. It gives a taste of Africn culture/values but is not really what I'd call an evocative book.
Great for reading in small chunks, but not a memorable book.


One for Sorrow: Two for Joy
One for Sorrow: Two for Joy
by Clive Woodall
Edition: Paperback

3 of 6 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Too violent for kids, too simple for adults?, 16 May 2005
In the new-fashioned over-hyping hysteria that has taken over the nation, I have heard this author heralded as if a new JK Rowling. However, the book is far too gory for most kids, yet the writing far too simplistic for adults.
There is at least a plot behind it, I suppose, but it feels like somebody wrote the plot and then got a GCSE English student to write the text. I'm not one for fancy, nor impenetrable, English, but this is really basic stuff, and as a result doesn't really merit the read.


Microsoft Wheel Mouse Optical D66-00074
Microsoft Wheel Mouse Optical D66-00074

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Simple but effective, 11 May 2005
Simple but effective mouse. There are cheaper mice and probably better better quality mice, but for the money you can't fault the optics, it's fairly comfortable to use, and seems to be reasonably reliable.


Belkin 3.5mm Headphone Splitter - White
Belkin 3.5mm Headphone Splitter - White
Offered by Wiziwoo Limited
Price: 7.86

11 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars It's a headphone splitter, 10 May 2005
Good quality headphone splitter. Used on a Zen Micro device to drive two pairs of headphones with no performance problems. If you're going to be moving your mobile music device around a bit (e.g. using with the Belkin casette adpater in the car and with your headphones) then I'd recommend you get one of these - even if just to protect the headphone socket on your valuable device (they do wear out.. and it's a shame to bin a 140+ device because a 10p socket has failed!)


Belkin Mobile Cassette Adapter
Belkin Mobile Cassette Adapter
Offered by Kikatek
Price: 14.47

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A little 'chattery' but works fine, 10 May 2005
Works fine (with a Zen Micro and a Freecom Beatman in case you're interested). Make sure you turn the volume level up on the device a little more than normal to get a good strong signal (which will give you better sound quality).
Only slight annoyance was that it does tend to chatter to itself in the casette unit. I put a bit of grease on the cog wheels and it shut up (just be careful not to get any grease on the roller!)


Penguin Great Ideas : On the Shortness of Life
Penguin Great Ideas : On the Shortness of Life
by Seneca
Edition: Paperback
Price: 3.99

42 of 47 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars First in the set of Great Ideas, 2 May 2005
The first book in the Penguin set of 'Great Ideas' (one in a series of twenty; it's a shame that Amazon don't appear to sell the boxed set). You have to keep pinching yourself to remember that it was written some 2000 years ago. Rather long winded (writing style was much more formal back then), it can be quite hard to penetrate, but if you read it in the right mood the words really sink in and convey a wonderful sense of somebody struggling with understanding the world around them and how to behave in it. If only more people shared these feelings these days.
The main disappointment was the lack of contextual setting. Excuse my ignorance, but who was Seneca, what times did he live in, what were the ideas opposing his? A few pages would have sufficed, and would have added so much more, and it would have made a 5.
None-the-less, if you want to widen your reading this is a great place to start.


Creative Zen Micro 5GB - Dark Blue
Creative Zen Micro 5GB - Dark Blue

3 of 6 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Not good enough, 30 April 2005
As a HD portable audio player this device is perfectly adequate. The software shipped with the device is quite frankly a waste of time: instead use Windows Media Player (whose use is not clearly highlighted in the manual).
HOWEVER:
Radio: useless. Auto-acquisition is a waste of time and you need to be sat on top of an aerial to get a half decent signal. In other words, forget the radio.
AND
A battery life of 12 hours??? Surely some kind of joke. Understandably battery life is based on optimal conditions but the best we've achieved so far is more akin to 3 hours, which isn't acceptable (the device will be returned shortly). This may not have been helped by a 'slight problem' with the original firmware in that if you didn't plug the charger into the wall and then into the Zen in the correct order, then it wouldn't charge the device properly! If you buy this device download the firmware update asap.
In summary, the device delivers basic fuctionality very well; but with an extremely short battery life and radio that doesn't really work, you're as well to look at some of the competition that don't promise such features.


Quite Ugly One Morning
Quite Ugly One Morning
by Christopher Brookmyre
Edition: Paperback
Price: 7.19

2 of 6 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Trying to shock, 29 April 2005
This review is from: Quite Ugly One Morning (Paperback)
A reasonable read; keeps you tied in figuring where it is heading. Slightly unnecessary, and unrealistic, gruesomeness. Tries to score major political points about the NHS being 'privatised' and modern free market culture.
Supposedly has people laughing out loud, but seems more ironic to me. Don't think it will have me rushing back for more.


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