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Hilda and the Black Hound (Hildafolk)
Hilda and the Black Hound (Hildafolk)
by Luke Pearson
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £12.95

5.0 out of 5 stars More please, 15 July 2014
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Another great by Luke and Hilda. This has the same other-worldly feel as their previous outings with monsters and spirits, real and imagined, and Hilda's attempts to fit in with the more everyday world. Fortunately she lives more on the edge of the mundane reality of town life. My 7 year old daughter is wearing out the current books with re-reading so hopefully there are more stories to come soon.


Time's Anvil: England, Archaeology and the Imagination
Time's Anvil: England, Archaeology and the Imagination
by Richard Morris
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £25.00

11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Impressive, 9 Sept. 2013
My take on this book is that it reads somewhat like a series of essays on connected topics that range throughout hitsory.

Some of the essays appealed hugely to me, some didn't. The chapter entitled 'Notes from a dark wood', on theories of the degree of forestation throughout early and pre-history, I read in one go and found fascinating. Like Francis Pryor's comment I think it is a bold book, and an adventurous attempt to link themes that the author has covered in his professional and personal life.

At times it felt an easy read, at times a more scholarly one. The best thing about this book is that it regularly provided sentences that surprised me and made me reflect on my own personal theories in completely different ways.


Radio Controlled Sherman M4A3 Tank 1:30 Scale Full Function with moving turret and barrel
Radio Controlled Sherman M4A3 Tank 1:30 Scale Full Function with moving turret and barrel

8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars It's a dodo, 28 Dec. 2010
= Fun:1.0 out of 5 stars 
As in 'dead as a' - it seems to charge up but absolutely no response to any of the remote control functions. Seems to be a common theme.


Mattel - Hot Wheels Terror-dactyl Track
Mattel - Hot Wheels Terror-dactyl Track
Offered by Toys center di Sofia
Price: £43.46

12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars astonishing, 20 Aug. 2007
= Durability:1.0 out of 5 stars  = Fun:1.0 out of 5 stars  = Educational:1.0 out of 5 stars 
It's astonishing how bad this toy is. In 1 hour myself and my son have got it to work as 'designed' on one occasion only, parts of it are breaking and my hand is bruised from trying to get it to work properly.

I can't believe this design was tested before being produced and sold, it is that bad.


Who Runs This Place?: The Anatomy of Britain in the 21st Century
Who Runs This Place?: The Anatomy of Britain in the 21st Century
by Anthony Sampson
Edition: Hardcover

8 of 11 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars It's OK, 12 Dec. 2004
A fairly good technical manual on who does what at the behest of whom. Where it falls down is on the wider historical context of democracy and autocracy through the ages. Measuring accountability when set against an absolute, mythical standard is all well and good. However, for a thorough understanding of this issue you need to view the current scenario against historical parallels prior to the twentieth century.
It also lacks some important details, such as ignoring the issue of the Government's renewal of the BBC's licence when discussing the Kelly/Hutton row. Surely a major influence on the game of power recently played out by these two institutions?
If you need an intro to the system its a good starter manual, or if you read the first and fancy an update then buy it. However, if you're reasonably au fait with current affairs you'll find no bombshells here.


Miss Wyoming
Miss Wyoming
by Douglas Coupland
Edition: Paperback

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars doug becomes a novelist, 20 April 2000
This review is from: Miss Wyoming (Paperback)
all DC's books are about re-inventing people. so don't read this as a DC book. he re-invents himself with every re-invention story. and don't read the back cover to find out what it's about - those are not DC's words. i read too many comments on DC books that start 'its not gen.x' or 'its better than life after god' or 'i was dissapointed after reading the cover/expected more'. don't expect anything when picking up a DC book. DC is changing, turning into a great novelist. he was a hip writer who flavoured his work with a story, now he's a good novelist who peppers his work with hip observations. good story, good observations. i eagerly await his next novel with no pre-conceptions or expectations.


Life After God
Life After God
by Douglas Coupland
Edition: Hardcover

4.0 out of 5 stars the antidote, 14 Oct. 1999
This review is from: Life After God (Hardcover)
this book is all things that people say it is - a vague disconnected ramble - but sometimes things are like that. too many people wanted it to be gen x - it's not - and for that i like it. the stories have a sense of exhaustion and numbness that follow neatly on from the anticipation that dc's first book caused. it's a more unconcscious and relaxed book with none of the obvious posturing of gen x. that's 3 mentions of that book, and that it the crux of the problem. it was published because gen x was so good and slated for the same reason. leave your expectations behind and you will be less disappointed.


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