Merely Human

Helpful votes received on reviews: 98% (41 of 42)
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Top Reviewer Ranking: 572,614 - Total Helpful Votes: 41 of 42
Casio MQ-24-7BLL Mens Analogue Resin Strap watch Casio
5.0 out of 5 stars good for school, 22 July 2013
This is not jewellery, or bling and will never be a family heirloom. This is a tool that does one thing well - it displays the time accurately and clearly, and I think it has an aesthetic appeal as a result. As a bonus, you can wear it while swimming.

At 11, my son had managed to lose his children's watch, but his school required him to have a watch, to encourage punctuality. So I bought him one of these. Within a year he had lost this one, too. As a watch was still required, I bought him another. This one lasted two and a half years, showing signs of having resisted a few knocks, until the strap broke and simultaneously the battery ran down.

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Appleby Talking (Inspector Appleby Mystery) by Michael Innes
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars disappointing, 22 Sep 2009
I have enjoyed the Appleby novels I've read, but I found this collection of short stories very disappointing indeed. Most of the stories are too short to be intriguing. Some are obviously jokes, but I'm afraid I found them rather feeble. The longer stories appear too obviously contrived. In one of them, Appleby has a young man tag along with him through the case, seemingly for the sole purpose of impressing him with Appleby's abilities. Most of these stories showcase the author's snobbery - or perhaps, to be charitable, the snobbery belongs just to his characters. This was a waste of time, but I shall persevere with Innes' novels.
Labyrinth by Kate Mosse
Labyrinth by Kate Mosse
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
A reviewer, quoted on the cover, had written "Eat your heart out Dan Brown - this is the real thing". In my imagination I formed the idea "here's someone who's read the Da Vinci Code and thought: if Dan Brown can get away with writing like that, there's hope for anyone". The good news is that, unlike Brown, Mosse does appear to be able to use a dictionary. The bad news is that the one-star reviews on this site are right. The "characters" are stereotypes, the similes are inappropriate and the pacing of the stories goes awry, with pages of tedium. It is, in a word, amateurish. I wanted to say, rather tritely and unimaginitively, "Don't give up the day-job".

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