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Wave: Life and Memories after the Tsunami
Wave: Life and Memories after the Tsunami
Price: £8.49

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Overrated, 1 Mar 2014
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Clearly an unimaginable tragedy, and it would be callous not to be be deeply moved by it. But as a book it doesn't sustain for 200-plus pages. It's all a bit one-note and the second half grates with it's 'Grim Up North London' recollections of lobster and nannies and safari holidays.


Anker® Uspeed USB 3.0 4-Port Hub with 12V 2A Power Adapter and 3ft USB 3.0 Cable [VIA VL812 Chipset]
Anker® Uspeed USB 3.0 4-Port Hub with 12V 2A Power Adapter and 3ft USB 3.0 Cable [VIA VL812 Chipset]
Offered by AnkerDirect
Price: £39.99

1.0 out of 5 stars Drives disconnect, 15 Jan 2014
Using various Macs with this hub, drives will randomly disconnect or fail to connect. It is completely unreliable in my experience.
Comment Comment (1) | Permalink | Most recent comment: Jan 21, 2014 8:49 AM GMT


Pipsy Koala Automatic Nightlight
Pipsy Koala Automatic Nightlight
Price: £5.99

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Too bright, 7 Oct 2013
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Works as advertised but the light is far too bright. Almost like having a full light on rather than a gentle night light.


Berghaus Optimus 40 Wheeled Travel Bag
Berghaus Optimus 40 Wheeled Travel Bag
Price: £74.58

3 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Small, 7 Oct 2013
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Only really suitable for a couple of days' travelling at the most, even for a light traveller.
Notwithstanding that, the quality is decent if you can get it for under £40.


Muddypaws Goes to School (Picture Book)
Muddypaws Goes to School (Picture Book)
by Peter Bently
Edition: Paperback
Price: £5.37

1.0 out of 5 stars Nonsensical, 24 July 2013
The worst of the many books I've read to my son. I can't bear to read it any more. It makes no sense; drives me nuts every time I'm forced to struggle through it. Why would the teacher make a star for a naughty dog.

Other Muddypaws books are ok, this is atrocious.


Nelsons Teetha Teething Granules
Nelsons Teetha Teething Granules
Offered by Your247Chemist
Price: £4.12

9 of 20 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Predictably hopeless, 11 July 2011
When our pharmacist had no other option, we reluctantly plumped for this homeopathic remedy.

Unsurprisingly, it was wholly ineffective. Our health visitor was equally scathing about the efficacy of this product, which is predictable given the whole homeopathic conceit is a con trick.

For the sake of your baby, get a product that contains some active ingredients rather than the magic white powder being pedalled here.


The Lovely Bones
The Lovely Bones
by Alice Sebold
Edition: Paperback
Price: £6.29

1 of 3 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars The Lovely Bore, 13 Mar 2010
This review is from: The Lovely Bones (Paperback)
This is a quite astonishingly dull book. Although only 250 pages long, it felt like it lasted a lifetime.

In a way I guess we should applaud the author for managing to turn such an interesting concept into such a boring book.

It's trite, badly written, plodding and wholly unsatisfactory. Do your self a favour and read something else.


The Book Thief
The Book Thief
by Markus Zusak
Edition: Paperback
Price: £3.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful, 7 Mar 2010
This review is from: The Book Thief (Paperback)
I started and put down this book a few times before I really got into it. But once I became accustomed to the style, I absolutely loved it.

This is a story of stunning beauty. It is heart-breaking and life-affirming, testament to the strength and generosity of the human character. There are scenes and characters here that will stay with you forever.


Left to Tell: One Woman's Story of Surviving the Rwandan Holocaust
Left to Tell: One Woman's Story of Surviving the Rwandan Holocaust
by Immaculée Ilibagiza
Edition: Paperback
Price: £7.13

6 of 12 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Religious claptrap obfuscates a beautiful story, 7 Dec 2009
Reviews of this book need a little balance. I bought this story expecting a story of great courage and the indefatigability of the human spirit. While you do get that, you have to wade through the most obnoxious religious claptrap you're ever likely to read.

I was barely able to make it through the foreword in which we're told that the author's spirit had merged with angels of compassion and that her love of god had dissolved the hatred and that a cross of light had prevented her from being murdered.

It does the story no favours to attempt to imbue it with this superstitious magic. The Rwandan civil war was such an horrific period - around a million people murdered in 100 days - and it happened so recently that I find it shameful that the opportunity to analyse the events and to learn from the author's shocking experience has been ambushed in part by theists for propaganda purposes.

Ilibazia did not survive for 91 days because she prayed or because she loved God (implicit in that childish belief is the idea that none of the murdered million had similar beliefs). I hoped this book would shed more light on how she did survive and, as importantly, how she felt through those 91 days and how she has coped afterwards. The religious conflation obfuscates that important story and does a disservice to the book and the reader.
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Rob Brydon: Live [DVD]
Rob Brydon: Live [DVD]
Offered by DVDBayFBA
Price: £3.89

10 of 24 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Rob should stick to what he does best, 7 Dec 2009
This review is from: Rob Brydon: Live [DVD] (DVD)
Having created two of the best and most underrated comedies of the last ten years (Marion and Geoff and Human Remains) Brydon has become more famous, more popular and less funny as the years have gone by.

His latest effort, this stand up DVD, is quite shockingly weak. Sub-Michael McIntyre whimsey of the worst kind. I literally did not laugh once. Brydon's forte was his acerbic and note-perfect observation of human behaviour, but his stand up is so broad and uninspiring. When he pulls out the Ronnie Corbett impression within ten minutes you know his creative stock has fallen a long way that flawlessly crafted first series of Marion and Geoff.

Other reviewers seem to have enjoyed it, perhaps Rob's mainstream fame now brings him fans with lower expectations. I was disappointed.


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