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Kindle Paperwhite, 6" High Resolution Display with Next-Gen Built-in Light, Wi-Fi
Kindle Paperwhite, 6" High Resolution Display with Next-Gen Built-in Light, Wi-Fi
Price: 109.00

18 of 21 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Touch screen page turning makes reading horrible., 26 Dec 2013
I had one of the original Kindles, which I loved. Sadly though it had reached the end of its life, to be fair I got a huge amount if use out of it. Cue the upgrade to the paper white. I was quite eager for this upgrade as the main thing I felt was missing from my old Kindle was a backlight. The backlight is perfect on the paper white, no complaints at all. My irritation comes from much of the other things. Pages now turn at a touch to the screen. This is driving me nuts as a slight accidental brush turns the page, even holding it and accidentally touch the edge of the screen, again, page turns and often not just one page. The old way was a discrete button on the sides of the kindle to turn a page. It didn't require effort but it did need to be positive. In other words, accidentally turning a page was rare. Bring up the menu is not always easy, and yet again can result in pages being accidentally turned. It is driving me insane! Everything else seems fine but if I'm honest that one flaw is enough to make me wish my old one still worked and if not got this. Yes, the touch screen makes life easier for buying new books but I do that once in a blue moon as I can buy from my computer, reading it was I do all the time and it makes this an irritating experience.

Overall, if you want this for reading, don't waste money, just buy the cheap basic model, it works MUCH better at the main task. If this hadn't been a gift from my husband I'd be returning it ASAP.


Slinky Malinki, Open the Door (Hairy Maclary and Friends)
Slinky Malinki, Open the Door (Hairy Maclary and Friends)
by Lynley Dodd
Edition: Board book
Price: 4.79

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Far too small for the intended age., 19 Nov 2013
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It is a lovely story but the listing is quite misleading regarding its size. I purchased this along with two others as a gift for my niece but the books are so small that I think I shall have to get something else, not really much of a gift. Just be warned that they are very small, a little too small for the age of child they are intended for.


Rivers of London: 1
Rivers of London: 1
by Ben Aaronovitch
Edition: Paperback
Price: 7.27

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderfully original, 6 Sep 2013
This review is from: Rivers of London: 1 (Paperback)
It isn't often that you find something original in the fantasy/sci-fi genre today. Everything seems to be a play on long established ideas and races. This is a refreshing change, the concept and characters really are something original making it a truly enjoyable read. Aaronovitch has a wonderful talent for writing where and is consistently able to describe the characters environment in a way which really enables you to imagine it right down to the temperature, but unlike Stephen King, doesn't take pages and pages and send you to sleep in the process. I just love that about these books. You are left wanting more at the end and luckily there is more!

The only thing I dislike, and by dislike mean HATE, is the use of Then and Than. THEY ARE NOT INTERCHANGEABLE! I seriously think that the author has no clue which to use and just guesses. Sometimes it is right, but more often than not it is wrong. This drives me nuts throughout the book, which is a shame, such a tiny thing has put a taint on an otherwise perfect read.


Bumble (Legend of the Ir'Indicti Book 1)
Bumble (Legend of the Ir'Indicti Book 1)
Price: 1.96

5.0 out of 5 stars Love it!, 13 Jun 2013
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When I first started to read this it immediately struck me that unlike other books by Connie Suttle this seems to be aimed at a younger crowd. However, this did not stop me from reading it and I am very grateful that it did not! I can clearly see that this series is connected to the others and not just by some familiar characters making appearances. I can't wait for the next instalment, Ashe is an enigma I am looking forward to solving.


Target (Legend of the Ir'Indicti Book 3)
Target (Legend of the Ir'Indicti Book 3)
Price: 1.97

5.0 out of 5 stars I'm far too old but can't resist!, 13 Jun 2013
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I really do enjoy this series. The characters are all so easy to love, like and hate. Ashe is one interesting kid. I find myself feeling so frustrated for him at times, at others proud. Well worth the money and time spent reading!


The Celestine Prophecy: A Pocket Guide To The Nine Insights (Storycuts)
The Celestine Prophecy: A Pocket Guide To The Nine Insights (Storycuts)
Price: 2.48

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars waste of money, 13 Jun 2013
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Take a good concept and flog it to death. The Celestine Prophecy is worth reading if you like that sort of thing, tis is most definitely not. It's just a (poor) cash cow.


Vendetta (Legend of the Ir'Indicti Book 4)
Vendetta (Legend of the Ir'Indicti Book 4)
Price: 2.61

5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely brilliant read!, 13 Jun 2013
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I know this is aimed at younger readers than I, but this is a very enjoyable read indeed. Of course there is the added bonus of the addition of some characters from other books by Connie Suttle and the glimpses of the bigger picture you get. Can't wait for more Ashe!


Blood Double (God Wars, Book 1)
Blood Double (God Wars, Book 1)
Price: 3.33

5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful story!, 13 Jun 2013
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I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book and can't wait for the next instalment to arrive. Having read the other books in related series it is exciting to see things all coming together. Although you could read these books without having read anything else by Connie Suttle, I would advise reading the others as each series and their characters come together, many of which in these books. As always they are beautifully written.


Gaggia Brera Fully Automatic Bean to Cup Espresso Coffee Machine
Gaggia Brera Fully Automatic Bean to Cup Espresso Coffee Machine
Offered by La Gondola
Price: 556.00

7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent coffee and easy to use., 27 Dec 2012
First off for anyone thinking about buying this or any other espresso: If you are not prepared to learn how to operate one and then learn how to get good at it, spend time cleaning it after use, descaling every few months and general maintenance, don't. Just don't buy one, go for a pod. You will be dissatisfied, frustrated and annoyed with it. This is a tool not a toy and you will end up writing reviews on here stating it is over complicated, over priced and doesn't do what you want it to. With the exception of genuine manufacturing faults all the slight negative reviews come down to user error.

A good espresso machine is not a cheap investment. For a really good one you are looking at spending 800 and more, therefore, this machine is extremely good value as you are getting professional standard coffee for a medium range price. Lets be honest, if you are even thinking about an espresso machine you love coffee, buying a machine at 100 that doesn't replace your desire to buy overpriced ones in Starbucks or other such places and doesn't last, well, it's just 100 thrown away because it will never do what you wanted from a machine! Think of it as you would a new entertainment system and budget accordingly, then you won't be disappointed. Also, visit a good shop that specialises and see the machines in action, taste the coffee, see exactly how it works. I'm not talking about Currys or Dixons here, I mean a specialist coffee shop where they have all the machines set up and working and they will demonstrate each one and answer any questions. This is a lot of money to spend, would you buy an expensive TV having never seen the picture quality or heard the sound? You might find another you prefer or it could turn out this isn't for you after all. Once you have seen the machine in action then come on here to buy!

It comes well packaged and easy to remove and put together - pretty much just sliding in the drip tray. The instruction manual itself is short and easy to understand, simply follow the instructions to set it up for working. There is a trouble shooting section in the book and it may be noted that it is brief and doesn't seem to contain things like "the milk won't froth". Why? it's simply user error not a machine error, the result is that actual problems are easy to address because it's not full of silly things to sift through.

It is surprisingly excellent at doing what it does. You can vary strength and size of the coffee, the steaming function is easy to use with small or large jugs. It will go through a self clean cycle on start up and before it goes into standby. The water reservoir is easy to access as it is on the front and simply slides out with no risk of spillage. The capacity isn't huge and holds perhaps 6 or 7 drinks depending upon your preference. Some people have complained about this being too small but for me it's just right and turning on a tap every 6 coffees is hardly a hardship! If I wanted an equivalent quality machine that catered for many more i'd be paying many more , much cheaper to turn on a tap, besides I couldn't afford to spend much more than this! The grinds are deposited in a similar container to the water on the opposite side. The "inner workings" are easy to access from a side door and to clean it is a simple matter of rinsing through under a tap and occasionally oiling - instructions are included again. You can fit a water softener in the water compartment if you wish and this is recommended as the lime scale build up is a bane to all coffee machine not just this one, it will also need regular descaling, time scale depending upon your water. Again descaling is a normal process for all machines.

Some people have said that this machine is complicated to use. Sorry but I disagree strongly. If you follow the instruction manual it is very simple. This is an espresso machine, not a cafetier or pod machine. People make careers of being baristas, have you seen the prices for a cappuccino from a coffee shop? There is an art to making good coffee, if you just want to switch the machine on and get a coffee with 0 effort, then buy a pod machine, they are cheap and a child could use one. If you want a very good coffee that is exactly how you want it then you need to learn how to use it and get good at it. This requires user participation! All good machines do! Check out You Tube or google for some videos to help you learn.

Overall I heartily recommend this machine, it is ideal for use at home, it allows you the control to create a coffee perfectly tailored to suit you with the ability to retain strength preferences. It's very forgiving to those learning to make coffee meaning that it's very hard to get a bad result and all without the cost of a professional machine.


A Job From Hell (Ancient Legends Book 1)
A Job From Hell (Ancient Legends Book 1)
Price: 0.00

15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Good Story, poor & irritatingly bad writing., 8 Nov 2012
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I have to say first off that the story itself is ok, it has great potential. Sadly the writing lets this book down enormously. The story is set in Scotland and features the "heroine" as being a 17 year old girl from London (originally Cornwall) who has taken a job as a housekeeper for a mysterious Mr Mcallister in Scotland before she starts university. There my annoyance starts. The Author is clearly not familiar with the UK at all. For a start a 17 year old working as a live in housekeeper at 17 is illegal not mention getting a place in a university at 17 with no A levels? well done. To be fair that I can overlook as it isn't exactly the point of the story. It's all of the little things that annoy the hell out of me . The constant Americanisms, Drapes instead of curtains, washing automat instead of washer, SUV, quotes from US TV shows that are alien to Europeans not to mention the fact that the characters "act" American. The take of Scottish is hilarious. In order to portray someone as a Scot she has them say "lass". Considering this book is set in Scotland you would think that a little attention would be put into using the correct terminologies for things and places. This constant inconsistency is extremely annoying, even more so when it could e simply explained away by making the lead character an American living in the UK. As things stand the mistakes like this along with the frequent spelling and grammatical errors are such that you often find yourself dwelling on those rather than he story itself.

Overall, I really wouldn't recommend this book unless the Author addressed the issues listed. It is painful to read and i'm only grateful that the lead character didn't turn up in a bowler hat as it is so very ignorantly written.

I've given two stars simply because the story has potential to be good, the Author clearly has an interesting imagination but needs to spend some time researching and editing.


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