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Melanie's Marvelous Measles
Melanie's Marvelous Measles
by Stephanie Messenger
Edition: Paperback
Price: £12.82

10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Forget Vaccines! Put Your Child in the Hands of Stephanie Messenger's Ignorance Instead!, 22 Feb. 2015
From the author of Alfie's Awesome AIDS and Keira's Kracking Kancer comes the final part of the rip-roaring trilogy showing that the modern world doesn't need pills and vaccines and chemotherapy. In fact, the author is so keen to prove that science is a big fat hoax propagated by the Illuminati that she, for this edition, has eschewed the traditional printing methods and electronic witchery used to produce most books and downloads, and has instead opted for personally hand-writing each copy of this master-work using her own faeces and a stick.

The Past Lies Waiting
The Past Lies Waiting
by David Treanor
Edition: Paperback
Price: £6.99

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Intriguing, Compelling and Downright Chilling...., 14 July 2013
This review is from: The Past Lies Waiting (Paperback)
This fantastic first novel from David Treanor is an extremely gripping read, filled with twists and turns which keep the reader guessing right up until the very last line - and beyond!

I think that my overwhelming admiration of this book stems from how easily Treanor seems to build up a palpable sense of unease, menace, and - I'll be honest - dread in the first few chapters - casting a tantalising and unsettling shadow across the whole novel. Sometimes a crime thriller, sometimes a ghost story of sorts, the author intertwines these two genres to create a tale which sends one's imagination into overdrive - leaving readers to cling on for dear life as its hard-nosed, crime-writing protagonist, Lee Armstrong, fights to uncover the truth of a series of grisly and tragic events.

Tightly plotted and brilliantly written, it careers from one plot development to another without a word wasted or any superfluous indulgence. Treanor's previous journalistic experience shows clearly in his narrative, telling what often feels like a factual account, at times bringing to my mind Capote's 'In Cold Blood'.

The story powers towards a fantastic twist at the very last, a twist which calls into question everything we have presumed about the events we've shared and witnessed on our journey. One thing is for certain though: I doubt that we've seen the last of Treanor's intrepid true-crime writer, Lee Armstrong - or at the very least, I certainly hope we haven't!

A thoroughly enjoyable read and highly recommended!

Mission Mongolia: Two Men, One Van, No Turning Back
Mission Mongolia: Two Men, One Van, No Turning Back
by David Treanor
Edition: Paperback
Price: £9.99

15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Thinking Person's Ewan McGregor and Charlie Boorman!, 26 Aug. 2010
This book is brilliant, absolutely hillarious!

Forget Bear Grylls. Forget Ray Mears. This is the story of what would happen if you and your best friend decided to trek half way across the world with little more than a clapped-out Anglia Water van, a few maps that are akin to works of fiction and more toilet rolls than you know what to do with.

From start to finish, this book is both funny, intriguing and thoroughly exciting to read. From the snowy lanes of a wintry Britain to the baking desolation of the Gobi desert and beyond, what these two men managed to achieve through sheer force of will and cheery determination is fantastic.

Brilliantly written, this book manages to side-step the usual travel-guide dogma you'd expect when examining the histories of the towns and villages which our travellers pass through, instead focussing on the personal effect that the events had on the many and varied people whom they meet.

If nothing else, this book is worth reading for the sheer entertainment value of every time the author attempts to 'go native' and order dinner in the language of whichever restaurant he's in... Priceless!

I guarantee that by the time you've read this book, you'll be sticking a pin in a map and looking through the window at the Ford Fiesta on your drive, just wondering...

Microsoft Windows 7 Professional, Full Version  (PC DVD), 1 User
Microsoft Windows 7 Professional, Full Version (PC DVD), 1 User

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best Windows yet!, 24 Nov. 2009
I never used Vista, I never needed to - Windows XP was always in my eyes a brilliant OS. However, as it started to become difficult to use it with newer hardware (due to the 3Gb RAM restrictions and the inability to use Solid State Hard Disks), I thought it was time to bite the bullet and upgrade to Windows 7 64-bit.

I was absolutely amazed at how quick and easy it was to install (sorry, I promise this isn't a MS ad!!) and how easy it was to install all of my software and hardware.

Okay, there is one software package that doesn't run - so I have to use a dual-boot system (which, by the way, W7 set up automatically, so there's no messing about with the boot.ini file) but to be honest, I haven't ever needed to use it in the couple of months that I've been running 7 anyway.

Love it, love it, LOVE IT!!

Inside Lightwave 7
Inside Lightwave 7
by Dan Ablan
Edition: Paperback

5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars You NEED this book!, 31 July 2002
This review is from: Inside Lightwave 7 (Paperback)
To get straight to the point, this book is fantastic, and an essential resource for all Lightwave 7 users!
The book succeeds where the Lightwave User Manuals fall painfully short. The manuals for this mammoth piece of software, although nigh-on exhaustive with regards to explanation of Lightwave's plethora of tools, lack in detailed tutorials which show the benefits and possibilities of these tools. Inside Lightwave 7 however is jam-packed with lengthy tutorials which span from the very basics of using Layout and Modeller, right through to complex character design tutorials. Even the most basic of these however contain tips and time-saving tricks which will benefit both beginners and seasoned renderers alike.
As a bonus, not only does the book come with a CD with all of the tutorial scenes and models, it's also crammed with extra textures and demos.
Dan Ablan's book reaches all possible readers, challenging and imaginative enough to inspire experienced Lightwave users, while being easily accessible to those new to the 3D world.
Absolutely essential!

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