Brian R. Martin

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The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins
The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins
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This is a complex story written in the form of a series of first-person narratives given by three women. The first of these is Rachel, living in a single room in the flat of a friend after a messy divorce from her husband Tom. Rachel has a serious drink problem that has resulted in her losing her job, although she still takes the commuter train to London each day, partly to give her life some sense of normality, but also so her landlady friend doesn't discover she has no job. The second woman is Anna, the wife of Rachel's' ex-husband, who rather bizarrely now lives in the house Rachel once lived in with Tom, and which backs onto the railway Rachel uses. Finally there is Megan, the wife of… Read more
The Dark Net by Jamie Bartlett
The Dark Net by Jamie Bartlett
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
As a daily user of computers for over 50 years, starting with mainframe machines by manufacturers who have long since disappeared from the scene, through supercomputers and the earliest personal computers with their unreliable dial-up modems, to modern powerful laptops, I am well aware of many of the developments described in this book. The rapidity and these and the inventiveness of the individuals involved is truly remarkable, but enabling technologies inevitably have downsides, particularly in the realm of the so-called `the dark net'. This term refers to areas of the internet/web that are only accessible via the use of techniques that render the user essentially `invisible' to third… Read more
StilGut UltraSlim Genuine Leather Case for Nokia L&hellip by Stilgut
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Unlike some others manufacturers that advertise their covers are leather, this one really is. It is a good quality leather, well stitched and accurately cut so that all buttons and ports are accessible without removing the phone from the cover. The inside of the part touching the screen is suede so should not cause scratches. I have three criticisms:

(1) I would have preferred the flap to have been hinged at the top of the phone, because I find the flap gets in the way when using the phone, although I know that other covers have this arrangement. (Turning the phone round would cover the ports, of course.)
(2) The leather hinges are small and are a weak point. When they… Read more