Jeffrey Shaw

Helpful votes received on reviews: 73% (38 of 52)


Top Reviewer Ranking: 956,906 - Total Helpful Votes: 38 of 52
The Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller
The Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller
7 of 14 people found the following review helpful
I was enjoying the book but had to bail out at page 56; I could not get past the incorrect grammar of the sentence 'It would have been easy, infinitely easy, for Achilles or I to have bedded one of these girls ourselves.' When I am reading a prize-winning novel I expect to relax, in the certain knowledge that I am in the hands of a master wordsmith. The moment I find myself reaching for the red pen, as if marking a sixth-former's essay, the author has lost my confidence and I will not be able to maintain the same enjoyment of the work. Don't these people employ proof-readers?
GreenPan, Stockholm Stainless Steel Triply, 28 cm,&hellip by Greenpan
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars The nay-sayers are right, 10 April 2011
Except that in my case it has lost all its nonstick credentials within weeks, not months. This is the most expensive and also the worst frying pan I have ever bought and I am now looking for a replacement - and I only ordered it last month. I didn't overheat it, but looked after it carefully. It's utterly useless.
Writing Latin by Richard Ashdowne
Writing Latin by Richard Ashdowne
30 of 35 people found the following review helpful
I approached this book with high hopes and used it to teach Latin prose composition with my AS beginners this year. Sad to say, that is the last time I shall use it; after almost finishing the book, both the students and I rushed with some relief back into the arms of Colebourn.

The subtitle promises to introduce 'writing in the language of Cicero and Caesar', but I must say that the Latin this book teaches you to write is like no Latin I have ever read. The authors populate the exercises with striking, modern-sounding sentences that sound as if they could have come from a tabloid newspaper - presumably to avoid the dusty air of more traditional books. This means however that we… Read more

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