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Dualit Cordless Coffee Percolator Chrome 84036 by Dualit
1 of 4 people found the following review helpful
We've had the Dualit percolator for 14 months now and it's been a mixed, and ultimately frustrating, experience.

What is good: It looks stylish and does not take up much space. It keeps the coffee hot -- indefinitely.

What is bad:
1) There is no automatic power shut-off. We regularly forget to turn it off so the machine keeps on heating the coffee until it has evaporated and formed a thick gluggy dark mess at the bottom of the percolator. This then has to be scraped off (always keep steel wool handy), and the filter inset has to be removed and scrubbed clearn (always keep an old toothbrush handy). After a while, the taste of the coffee started to… Read more
Podkayne of Mars by Robert A. Heinlein
Podkayne of Mars by Robert A. Heinlein
0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
This is unreconstructed patriarchy and I would recommend this book to anyone who wishes to thank their lucky stars that they were born in time for 1970s feminism. For this, it is a truly educational read!

Okay, this book was written 50-odd years ago by a white man. Still. I would expect more imagination from someone who chooses to escape the present world into a different time (the future) and space (Mars and Venus). Also, the premise is so promising (and so rare in SF!): a teenage girl in space. It starts out well enough: Podkayne the narrator writes in a breezy, snappy style that's a joy to read; she's lively and curious; she's excited about being off on an adventure; she… Read more
The Siren by Alison Bruce
The Siren by Alison Bruce
This detective novel starts slow, then grabs you with thrills later. I was at the edge of my seat for the entire last 50 or so pages when all the plot threads were expertly woven together and I was hit by twists in every chapter. A really cleverly structured novel. What made it special for me was also the Cambridge setting. I love the settings about crime / detective novels, and as a resident of Cambridge (Cambridgeshire, not Cambridge, Massachusetts, as mistakenly shown on the paperback's cover!!) I relished locations like the Mill Road cemetery, Mickey Finn's pool hall, Parkside Pool and Swaffham Purbeck. Not the glamorous touristy Cambridge but the gritty underside.

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