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emilio "rod13750" (Lancashire, England)

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The Story of Alfred the Great
The Story of Alfred the Great
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars This reads like an Edwardian book for children, 6 Jan. 2016
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This reads like an Edwardian book for children, with fanciful descriptions of "cruel saracens" attacking "fair Italy" and flaxen haired blue eyed children that I found embarrassing, so gave up after 2 chapters.


Mary Barton
Mary Barton
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars it's not a comfortable read, but it does bring this period of ..., 24 Dec. 2015
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This is a long read, so don't be too impatient with the plot. It is set in Manchester around the 1840s, and I would advise anyone to prepare for it by reading Engels's description of the same area in the same era, "The Condition of the working class in England in1844", which is a free is a free download on Kindle, and gives a factual description based on evidence and extensive personal research. Where Engels gives a factual account, Elizabeth Gaskell adds flesh to the bones by setting strongly drawn characters and a dramatic plot in this dire part of England. As such, it's not a comfortable read, but it does bring this period of history to life. The plot is somewhat melodramatic in parts - it is after all a Victorian novel written within the stylistic conventions of the time. If you have read "Cranford", and enjoyed it, you will find this book very different, but don't let that stop you reading it. Gaskell comes across as a very caring person, in part struggling to see a way forward in the conflicting interests of labour and factory owners, with both of whom she has some sympathy in their relative situations. In the end, she seems to fall back on everybody being nicer to each other, and though that's always a good plan, you may find the political element slightly naive.


The Maid of Buttermere
The Maid of Buttermere
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1.0 out of 5 stars Not fit for purpose, 18 Oct. 2015
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I got to 14% before I threw in the towel. The punctuation on the Kindle edition is terrible. That's Amazon's fault. The language is pretentious and waffles in inordinate detail, to the point where it's difficult to maintain any interest. That's Melvyn Bragg's fault. One sentence was longer than a page, not helped by the aforementioned awful punctuation.


Broken
Broken
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1.0 out of 5 stars Pretentious, 1 Aug. 2014
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I rarely give up on books, but this one had to go at 30 per cent. The premise of the writer's dialogue with a character allows Fossum to meander on in a self-indulgent musing style which isn't relieved by any active plot and offers no psychological insights.


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24 of 48 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars beware, 23 Feb. 2014
If you were thinking of mirroring an apple computer on screen, you should be aware that airplay, which is required to do that, is only avilable on apple computers sold after mid 2011. Otherwise this is really just a box for renting movies, showing videos from your iphone/ipad or signing up to Netflix.
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Sidney Chambers and The Shadow of Death (The Grantchester Mysteries)
Sidney Chambers and The Shadow of Death (The Grantchester Mysteries)
by James Runcie
Edition: Hardcover
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2 of 8 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing, 29 Jun. 2012
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Very much in the same genre as G K Chesterton, so I should have known. The dialogue is stilted (nobody, even in the 50s, ever spoke like this) and the plots implausible. It isn't funny either. I found myself reading quickly just so I could finish and get onto something better. Which is a shame because on TV Mr Runcie came across as an entertaining and likeable chap.


DOUBTFUL BLOOD (The Warbeck Trilogy Book 1)
DOUBTFUL BLOOD (The Warbeck Trilogy Book 1)
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Another Pretender, 29 Jun. 2012
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This is a bit of a pot boiler, OK for a holiday read, but not in the same league as a CJ Sansom. The basic tenet, that here is a boy who looks enough like a king for others to notice, and the descriptions around that, are quite naive, and the characters separate neatly into very good goodies and very nasty baddies. There are irritating lapses in the proof-reading of the Kindle edition, which should have been spotted. I won't be proceeding to the subsequent books in the series, but if you want something lightweight, it's passable.


Western Digital My Book 500GB Essential  USB2.0 External Hard Drive
Western Digital My Book 500GB Essential USB2.0 External Hard Drive

21 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars mybook 500Gb essential, 17 Mar. 2007
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Formatting to NTFS took seconds following the clear intructions on the website (should really be with enclosed paper instructions). I used the suppled WD backup software to perform a full system and file backup of 2x 250 Gb disks, about 3/4 full, with hundreds of large image and CAD files. This first full backup was very much an overnight type operation (it took 17 hours), but the subsequent incremental backups are done very quickly - it took 2 minutes to write over 300 files which had been modified. I can't see any downside to this disk: it's silent in operation, portable for security and easy to accommodate in its vertical mode.


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