Wheel Thing
Helpful votes received on reviews: 87% (39 of 45)
Location: Walton-on-Thames, Surrey
In My Own Words:
Ex-engineer and export salesman; now retired after a stroke, writing some books to keep busy and hopefully generate income. Qualified proofreader/copy-editor.

Photography, motorbikes, technology (esp. IT), literature, films & foreign travel and cuisine.


Top Reviewer Ranking: 19,596 - Total Helpful Votes: 39 of 45
The Troubled Man: A Kurt Wallander Mystery by Henning Mankell
5.0 out of 5 stars End Game, 9 Feb 2014
Having seen the dour Swedish police detective on TV, I thought meeting him in his original form would be a good idea. Obviously Kindle was my first destination. The written form, as usual, surpassed the visual interpretation. What a surprise for me to find that this book is intended to be the last Kurt Wallander story; the man has hit 60 and feels old age and death approaching. How ironic that he should become embroiled in the investigation of two missing people, the parents of the man with whom Wallander's daughter has made him a grandfather. One is found dead in unusual circumstances, which lead the investigation back to the days of the Cold War. This is no action tale but one of… Read more
Nikon COOLPIX S3500 Compact Digital Camera - Black&hellip by Nikon
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Sylphlike Stunner, 3 Feb 2014
I bought this camera as a surprise Christmas present for my wife to have as a 'go-anywhere' addition to her Nikon D90 SLR. This was because I'd picked up a used Sony compact digital camera at a reasonable (though more than the S3500) price in a local shop, finding the ability to pop the camera in my jeans pocket really useful. The Sony has a 14.1MP sensor, but a poor low-light ability. All the reviews I read on the S3500 seemed positive, so I bit the bullet and clicked the mouse.

First time out after Christmas was to the London Wetlands Centre at Barnes, where the compact camera proved easy to use and produced some very interesting effects as my wife used the different editing… Read more
Twelve Years a Slave by Solomon Northup
Twelve Years a Slave by Solomon Northup
5.0 out of 5 stars Dark History, 19 Jan 2014
It seems odd to write a review of this engrossing book when the film (which I've seen since starting the book on my Kindle) is in all the news of awards. However; negro Solomon Northup leaves his wife and family behind in mid-1800s New York State to travel to Washington, D.C.,with two men he's recently met, ostensibly to play violin at a small circus. Once in Washington, he awakes in chains after turning ill following a meal with the men. By various turns of events he finds himself sold as a slave, now renamed Platt. He spends 12 years as a slave on cotton plantations in Bayou Boeuf, Louisiana, eventually finding freedom, and is reunited with his family once more, through the… Read more