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Dust on the Nettles
Dust on the Nettles
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5.0 out of 5 stars Enthralling narrative and excellent writing style, 17 Nov. 2013
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The book's main character is fascinating to follow and as the pastiches of his previous life unfold we are given more and more clues - both obvious and subtle - about what makes this successful city banker do what he does. We are pulled between sympathy and disgust at the way he lives his life, often moving from one to the other quite quickly. The interplay that we see between the characters is well-written and feels very life-like; sometimes gritty and painful, while at other times flowingly poetic. There is much to satisfy the mind with this book and while I haven't got there yet, I am sure it will be even better on a second reading.


Weber's Way to Grill: The Step-By-Step Guide to Expert Grilling (Sunset Books)
Weber's Way to Grill: The Step-By-Step Guide to Expert Grilling (Sunset Books)
by Jamie Purviance
Edition: Paperback

5.0 out of 5 stars Revolutionary Barbecue advice!, 17 Nov. 2013
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I absolutely love this book. It's brilliant for people who love to barbecue, but particularly if you're used to just flipping burgers and burning sausages and chicken. The advice it gives you enables you to do a lot more high-quality stuff on the barbecue, without burning it - use of the indirect method, for example, for things like chicken and sausages. I've genuinely had people ask me how on earth I cook things without burning them!

But perhaps the best thing is the wealth of rubs and recipes that can be used under a grill oven. You won't get smoky flavours but the recipes are so good you can live without them.


When Sinners Say "I Do"
When Sinners Say "I Do"
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4.0 out of 5 stars Practical and helpful, 17 Nov. 2013
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Great book with interesting, godly advice, rooted in practical ideas. Great for any Christian couple married or thinking about getting married, working from lots of different angles. Particularly good is the way that it doesn't go too theoretical - it realises that people who get married are sinners at heart, something that we're probably all painfully aware of.


Poetic SLIMLINE Portfolio Case for Google Nexus 7 Android Tablet Black (Final Version)
Poetic SLIMLINE Portfolio Case for Google Nexus 7 Android Tablet Black (Final Version)

3.0 out of 5 stars Good design, mediocre materials, 13 Dec. 2012
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There's lots of good about this, but it isn't a premium case.

The Sleep/wake function is excellent
The profile of the case is great - it doesn't take over the tablet nor does it add too much to its thickness. The back of the case folds over very nicely.
The stand function started off being okay - but now the back has worn out a bit it's not even standing by itself any more.
The edges of the case (the rubber sealing) are peeling off. I've given it ordinary use - commuting, at home.

One other slight design issue I have with it is how difficult the access to the power button and the volume buttons are. This is a tough design decision, though, because you need a thickish bezel to hold the magnets. I'm not too fussed about this.

In all, I wish they'd used higher quality materials and charged a bit more. I'd pay easily £30-£40 for a really excellent case.


RTA 30-Bottle Ready-to-Assemble Wine Rack - Natural Pine / Galvanised Steel
RTA 30-Bottle Ready-to-Assemble Wine Rack - Natural Pine / Galvanised Steel
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Price: £27.98

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Good enough for the job, 29 Jan. 2011
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Unless you're looking for a particularly opulent wine rack, this one will do. it's not the prettiest in the world, but it's very space-efficient and leaves good access to and vision of your wines.

It is time consuming to put together (and it's very easy to make mistakes nailing the wrong thing in) but on the whole it's good value for money.


Run Baby Run
Run Baby Run
by Nicky Cruz
Edition: Paperback
Price: £7.99

14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Christian Reality, 12 Dec. 2004
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This review is from: Run Baby Run (Paperback)
Cruz, in his own words, doesn't pull punches. He didn't when he was the president of the most feared street gang in Brooklyn back in the 60s, and he doesn't now that he's given his life to Christ and works as an evangelist amongst broken people.
He doesn't want you to read this book to be entertained; it's not even really meant as an "encouraging" book. It's a book that glorifies God through its honest account of how he and his fellow ministers let God work powerfully through him. The idea is to read it and change your life by the conviction of God's Spirit within you.


World Service
World Service
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5.0 out of 5 stars D:volution - moving forward, 12 Jan. 2004
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A long-awaited album, this record touches what the essence of the idea of music is: to express emotion. Emotion of love, sorrow, joy, incredible faith and celebration, mourning and the fact that God is sovereign over the earth.
You can tell that the songs are heartfelt, original, and expressive of the band's thoughts over the last year or so. Their phenomenal success in the touring arena is matched by popularity in the charts, but there's been a touch of sorrow. A dedication in the album sleeve to John Thatcher Sr brings a stunning realism of the humanity that these five musicians are reaching out to, in naming an album "World Service". This is represented in the song Mountains High, which, though touched by sorrow, looks to the future and to God for his hope.
An album to keep Delirious? moving forward, glorifying God as they go, and shaking off the sceptics.


Myth-Ion Improbable
Myth-Ion Improbable
by Robert Asprin
Edition: Paperback

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Robert Asprin falters - hopefully regaining his balance..., 20 Aug. 2003
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Those of you *not* familiar with Robert Asprin: this is not the book to start with. It is not his best writing, and simply does not do his hilarious series credit. If you're an Asprin first-timer, buy Another Fine Myth - it's cheaper, makes more sense (since it's his first one) and is better.
For those of you who do know the series, I'd say read it (though perhaps when it gets a bit cheaper) and then make up your own mind. Perhaps I'm being overly harsh, but it's just *not his style*. Apparently he had a gap of seven years between this and his last in the series of books, but it sounds more like seventy. Gone is his witty narrative, playful banter and gripping descriptions - the landscape and characters are sterile, and it's just not funny. In short, it looks to me like a book by me if I was trying (unsucessfully) to emulate his style.
I have not read the next book he wrote in the series, "Something Myth Inc.", but I hope beyond hope that it's better than this, or I'll be terribly disappointed.


Myth Directions/Hit or Myth 2-In-1
Myth Directions/Hit or Myth 2-In-1
by Robert Asprin
Edition: Mass Market Paperback

5.0 out of 5 stars Robert Asprin continues his MYTH series in fine form, 2 Aug. 2003
Robert Asprin here manages to continue a promising series, the MYTH books, with two excellent and hilarious stories. Myth Directions explains Skeeve, a bumbling novice magician, in his time on Jahk (the home of that famous Big Game) where for a birthday present for Aahz, his mentor and best "friend", he decides to steal the winners' trophy!
Little Myth Marker thrusts Skeeve into the seedy underworld of the mob (with whom he has a cushy job, if there can be such a thing!) and specifically gambling. A freak lucky win leads to Skeeve's reputation as a card shark spread all across the Bazaar at Deva. The game: Dragon Poker. Finally, he is challenged to a showdown by the Bazaar's greatest Dragon Poker player, The Kid - with a half million gold piece stake! About the same time, Skeeve finds out that he is the target of a deadly character assassin called the Ax (sic) - oh, and did I mention that he now has a little girl?
Two thrilling and hugely funny reads. I highly recommend them


Myth Conceptions
Myth Conceptions
by Robert Asprin
Edition: Paperback

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A hilarious rollercoaster of "myth"-adventure and mayhem, 28 Mar. 2001
This review is from: Myth Conceptions (Paperback)
Asprin continues his compelling series of hugely funny fantasy novels, with the scene set thus. Skeeve, an apprentice magician lands the supposedly cushy job of Court Magician to the Kingdom of Possiltum, with the help of his green-scaled loud-mouthed mentor, Aahz. The job, however, turns out to be a total overestimation of his powers, and the pair, along with numerous sidekicks, set about the impossible task of repelling the biggest and best army around. The story is gripping, and the novel is one that certainly will appeal to the British sense of humour (though the spelling might not). A brilliant piece, thoroughly recommended.


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