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WINTER OF THE COMET (Molly Titchen Book 1)
WINTER OF THE COMET (Molly Titchen Book 1)
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Interesting period - disappointing novel, 19 Mar. 2015
Almost the only virtue of this novel is that it paints an acceptable picture of the theatre world of Restoration London. Molly herself is quite fun as a Nell Gwynne lookalike but most of the excessive number of other characters lack any credibility. There is far too much padding with descriptions of the city and the weather and the plot rapidly descends into Gothick absurdity.


SUMMER OF THE PLAGUE (Molly Titchen Book 2)
SUMMER OF THE PLAGUE (Molly Titchen Book 2)
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Poor Gothick sequel, 19 Mar. 2015
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'Winter of the Comet', while not brilliant, at least contained an interesting picture of Restoration theatre life and an engaging heroine. 'Summer of the Plague' moves away from both and descends into a gothick novel with complete with mad twin brother, discovered fathers, ruined castle, secret passages, suspected witches etc.etc. Endless descriptions of the beauty of the countryside are obvious padding and there are many historical inaccuracies. The characters drink water in 1665 London: a pity their immediate death did not end the story on page 50.
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The Deceivers (Indian Trilogy Book 1)
The Deceivers (Indian Trilogy Book 1)
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4.0 out of 5 stars good but not his best, 20 Jan. 2015
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John Masters remains an under-rated writer, both in terms of fiction and a chronicler of the raj. However compared to Bhowani and Nightrunners this novel seems to run out of steam around 70% of the way through. The hero's crisis of conscience is too easily resolved with the acceptance of his version of events by his brother-in-law.
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Ring of Steel: Germany and Austria-Hungary at War, 1914-1918
Ring of Steel: Germany and Austria-Hungary at War, 1914-1918
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36 of 38 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Dispassionate and compassionate, 14 Aug. 2014
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This is a very readable account of WWI as experienced at the time by the German and Austro-Hungarian participants. It succeeds in being at the same time dispassionate and compassionate, chronicling the agonies of warfare with blame laid only on the relatively few on all sides who were morally guilty by the standards of the time. The author shows great skill in including just enough statistical data to explain the forces at work and just enough documentation of personal experience to engage sympathy with protagonists. A particular strength is the attention to civilian morale and the micro-economics which proved so important. The one weakness might have been that it assumes a good knowledge of the geography of, for example, Galicia and East Prussia but this is easily remedied with maps found on the internet.
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The Silence of the Sea: Thora Gudmundsdottir Book 6
The Silence of the Sea: Thora Gudmundsdottir Book 6
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26 of 26 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Splendid "locked-room" mystery, 28 Feb. 2014
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A splendid fast-moving page-turner in the great tradition of locked-room mysteries. Moreover it does not conform to the stereotype of unrelieved grittiness now typical of much Scandinavian crime-writing. While the build-up of the mystery aboard the yacht is tense and doom-laden, it is interspersed with the attempts to solve the mystery by a very believable and fundamentally likeable investigator. And no gratuitous sex!


The Shoes of the Fisherman [Region 2] [import]
The Shoes of the Fisherman [Region 2] [import]
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Persevere, 22 April 2013
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I love this novel, prescient of so much that has happened - and failed so far to happen - in the Vatican.
The film is a curate's egg, good in parts. The intoductory part is, frankly, boring. Only when Kiril arrives in Rome and encounters Cardinal Leone (Leo McKern, in a gentler reprise of his brilliant Cromwell in "A Man for All Seasons") does the plot really take off. Barbara Jefford is convincing as Ruth with just that frisson of romantic temptation but David Janssen's George Faber is, again, boring. Kiril's relationship with Telemond is well done, with some attempt to explain just a little of Teilhard de Chardin's problems and the loneliness of the clever.
Worth watching, if only as hint of what might be in Pope Francis I's mind.
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Roman Society in the Last Century of the Western Empire
Roman Society in the Last Century of the Western Empire

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Heavy but brilliant, 28 Jan. 2013
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This book covers a subject almost unknown to non-specialist historians, especially anglophone ones. We have an image of the end of the Roman empire when Britannia was left to her own devices in 410, some murky doings which may have involved the shadowy figure of Arthur and then the beginnings of Saxon England.
The hero of Alfred Duggan's brilliant novel Conscience of the King laments the brutality of the Saxon invaders by contrast with the much smoother transition in Gaul where the 'Romans' survived by paying tribute to leave a country which still today speaks a Latin language. Dill's hstory of 'Roman society' is largely about this transition in Gaul where the increasingly powerless gentry consoled themselves with retiring to their initially untouched rural estates and wrting elegant letters and essays. Dill, as a good Victorian Christian, is preoccupied with the slow transition from nostalgic paganism to at least nominal Christianity but this too is a credible corrective to the triumphism of official Catholic accounts of the period.
The story is heavy going despite Dill being a much better writer than most of his contemporaries. He seems to have read almost everything which has survived from the period and his sources are examined in great detail. However the picture which slowly emerges is fascinating, not least in in its parallels with the declining years of British colonial society. His writers lament the unavailability of top-quality garum and their grandchildren's lack of Greek much as a Malay tea-planter might have lamented the unavailability of Gentleman's Relish and that 14-year olds could no longer write Latin verse. There are even stronger parallels as the disintegrating society squeezes the educated middle classes such as grammarians but leaves the wealthiest to integrate and inter-marry with the new barbarian chieftains.
The introduction tells us that Dil'swork has been overtaken by more modern studies but for those who enjoy the slow build-up of assembling the jigsaw of primary sources this book produces a credible overview of a fascinating period.


Marius' Mules III: Gallia Invicta
Marius' Mules III: Gallia Invicta
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Weak in the city, 14 Jan. 2013
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Slightly disappointed by comparison with Marius I and II. Turney is great at describing battles but the parts of this book set in and around Rome are weak. He does not seem to have studied city life in Rome in enough detail, especially when compared with the Falco books. An example is the paucity of household slaves throughout especially in the bath-house and house-burning episodes. The house layout in the latter is also improbable. And while I can just about accept senior infantry officers wearing breeches on campaign in Gaul I find it unlikely that they should do so in the city. Finally the love interest (Lucilia) is unsubtle and sketchy.


NIX Pro Series 12-Inch Digital Picture Frame, Motion Sensor turns the frame ON/OFF automatically when it senses you nearby! 2GB Memory
NIX Pro Series 12-Inch Digital Picture Frame, Motion Sensor turns the frame ON/OFF automatically when it senses you nearby! 2GB Memory

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Better instructions needed, 15 Dec. 2012
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The product itself is excellent. However the printed manual is totally inadequate and the online User Guide merely replicates it.
The online interactive "Knowledge Base" seems to contain all necessary information but it is strange that a company which is into graphics makes such little use of them to explain the uses of the frame. These comments apply especially where the user wants a specific sequence of pictures, and even more so when the user has more than one file of sequences. The full potential of the frame only results from a LOT of trial and error.


Energenie Remote Control Sockets (Pack of 4)
Energenie Remote Control Sockets (Pack of 4)
Price: £21.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Multiple units fit on extension lead, 25 April 2012
Worked perfectly and immediately after following clear simple instructions on the box. Importantly units fit side by side on a standard multi-socket extension lead so I can control multiple pieces of equipment without the gymnastics previously needed.


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