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The Guardian and the Observer by Guardian News Media
The Guardian and the Observer by Guardian News Media
7 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent!, 20 July 2011
As a long-term expatriate I used to get the Guardian Weekly (anyone remember that amazingly thin airmail paper it was printed on?) Then I subscribed to the Observer by air mail. But, if I was lucky, it used to arrive on a Wednesday or Thursday which was annoying - and it was horrendously expensive. With the rise of the internet I switched to reading The Guardian online - but it's not quite the same. You can only do that in front of a computer. I tried reading it online with my Kindle web browser, but that is a masochistic activity (to be fair, Kindle does say it's 'experimental').

I toyed with the idea of getting the Telegraph via Kindle, but I'm no fan of that paper. And no way… Read more
After London; Or Wild England (Dodo Press) by Richard Jefferies
I read this book on the strength of another of Richard Jefferies' books - Bevis - that I enjoyed as a child. This was somewhat less enjoyable.

On the positive side - Jefferies writes about nature evocatively, and was obviously a keen observer of the countryside. This is a piece of Victorian science fiction. It takes place at a time when some unspecified disaster has overtaken English civilisation (and possibly the rest of the world) and the site of London is a toxic swamp. That premise, in itself, makes it interesting.

But the writing doesn't carry it. I found that it strained my 'willing suspension of disbelief' to the limit.

The whole first section of the… Read more
Roget's Thesaurus of English Words and Phrases - L&hellip by Peter Mark Roget
12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
I initially gave this a 5-star review as it seemed to be excellent value for money.

I have now dropped this to 1-star because, despite the fact that the title says 'Latest Edition 2010', this is an ancient version of Roget, completely out of date. This problem is not apparent from the sample (which can't be searched), but as soon as I tried to use my purchased copy seriously I ran into problems.

I searched for the word 'yob', which is a 19th Century creation, so not that new.

Nothing.

I tried a few synonyms of yob that I could think of - 'yobbo', 'punk', 'skinhead' - still nothing. I then searched for the word 'fascist'. Again, nothing… Read more