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The Better Angels of Our Nature: The Decline of Violence In History And Its Causes
The Better Angels of Our Nature: The Decline of Violence In History And Its Causes
Price: £6.02

4.0 out of 5 stars reasons to be cheerful, 5 Jun 2014
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It's very heartening, in a society where the media constantly make us fearful of paedophiles, rapists, murderers and terrorists, to read about how much less violent the world is now than ever before.
I've only given 4 stars because this book is written in a very academic fashion, and Pinker never uses 1 syllable where 4 would do! This makes a fascinating story quite hard going.


Raising Steam: (Discworld novel 40) (Discworld Novels)
Raising Steam: (Discworld novel 40) (Discworld Novels)
Price: £5.31

2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing, 23 Feb 2014
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Where were the jokes? Sorry, Terry, I love you to bits, but this isn't anywhere up to your usual standards.


Pantanal Wildlife: A Visitor's Guide to Brazil's Great Wetland (Bradt Travel Guides (Wildlife Guides))
Pantanal Wildlife: A Visitor's Guide to Brazil's Great Wetland (Bradt Travel Guides (Wildlife Guides))
by James Lowen
Edition: Paperback
Price: £14.19

1.0 out of 5 stars Poor photos and hard to read, 23 Feb 2014
I'm surprised by the other reviews. Perhaps they're for an earlier print? My copy (which I've now sold), had photos which were very poorly printed. The text is quite small, and you need to "break" the spine to open the book out to read it. Very disappointing.


Notes from an Exhibition
Notes from an Exhibition
Price: £4.05

5.0 out of 5 stars wonderful, even after a third reading!,, 9 Nov 2013
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I live the way the narrative moves backwards and forwards in time. It's like a jigsaw - the picture gradually emerging as you get more pieces.


Mystery Mile (Campion Mystery)
Mystery Mile (Campion Mystery)
Price: £3.99

1 of 4 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Very much of its time, 9 Oct 2013
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Much of the slang, from the toffs, yokels and London working class is incomprehensible.
The casual racism (did you know you could recognise a Turk by the shape of his head?) and snobbery are very much of its time, but is quite shocking now.
The writing is strange, even allowing for the time it was written - I don't believe so many words have changed their meaning in the intervening period, so Allingham must have used words she didn't really understand just because they sounded good (or clever).
Weird character names - why?
Silly plot device of calling a house Redding Knights, and placing it in a village called Kepesake. It would work in a comedy, but here just looks as if the author clung to using a particular artefact, and had to come up with a rediculous explanation.
Campion, our hero, is not a likeable character, and I didn't care about his fate. It's a brave move to have an unsympathetic main character, but I don't think it works here. He comes across as a poor man's Peter Whimsey - I don't know which was created first, but Dorothy L Sayers made a much better fist of it, in the characterisation, the writing and her plots.


Holme Detergent Steam Mop, White
Holme Detergent Steam Mop, White
Price: £51.94

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3.0 out of 5 stars A bit wobbly, 6 Sep 2013
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OK - so first of all, I assumed this would work a bit like a carpet cleaner, sucking up the dirty water. But it doesn't. So ... if you go backwards and forwards steaming over a stubborn bit, it'll get pretty wet. And if the floor is very dirty, the pad won't absorb all the dirt, but just push it around. The solution is to clean the floor frequently, so it doesn't get too dirty. But, if it *does* get very dirty, just put a new pad on when needed.
There's a sort-of ball joint where the foot joins the handle, which makes the cleaner very manoeverable. But it doesn't stand up easily. If you don't get it carefully balanced, the handle flops to the side and the whole thing can fall over.
I haven't used it on a carpet, and don't understand what "refreshing" a carpet means. I'm reluctant to try it, as I think it'll make the carpet quite wet.


Bissell Little Green Multi-Purpose Compact Earth-Friendly Deep Cleaner
Bissell Little Green Multi-Purpose Compact Earth-Friendly Deep Cleaner
Price: £90.81

5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Doh! Didn't realise it's a spot cleaner, 6 Sep 2013
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I didn't realise this is a spot cleaner. You have to kneel on the floor to use it on a carpet. However - it was easier to clean a whole dining room carpet by crawling round the floor using this Little Grren machine, than getting my old, huge, clunky, carpet cleaner out of the shed (it's too big to keep indoors), and fiddling around to set it up. And it's great for stair carpet, which my big, old machine can't really cope with.


American Gods
American Gods
Price: £3.95

5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant, 8 April 2013
This review is from: American Gods (Kindle Edition)
I loved this. The sort of gods you could believe in! And so good to read fantasy which has an internal logic, is based on considerable research and is really well-written. Good on yet, Neil!


Cocktail Hour Under the Tree of Forgetfulness
Cocktail Hour Under the Tree of Forgetfulness
Price: £5.31

5.0 out of 5 stars Fabulous writing, 1 Jan 2013
I picked up a copy of this at a Mexican airport - they only had a few English books and this was the only one that appealed. And I'm so glad I bought it, as I really love this book. It's an amazing story of an amazing family and brilliantly written.


The Wisdom of Birds: An Illustrated History of Ornithology
The Wisdom of Birds: An Illustrated History of Ornithology
by Tim Birkhead
Edition: Paperback
Price: £13.60

5.0 out of 5 stars Fabulous!, 29 Mar 2012
This is a fabulous book, well researched, brilliantly organised and very well written. It's a joy to read. Anyone with an interest in birds, or the history of scientific research, should read this. The book looks beautiful, too, and Tim has found superb illustrations.


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