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Worth Dying For (The Bruce Trilogy Book 2)
Worth Dying For (The Bruce Trilogy Book 2)
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4.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable and entertaining..., 7 Sept. 2015
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Very enjoyable. The only down side for me is that the author moves between 1st persons, so for one chapter it's Robert, then next it might be Edward, and so on. I'd have prefered to see everything through Robert's eyes, after all it is titled 'The Bruce'.
Still it is entertaining and reasonably historically accurate except in the personal details which of course is the writers prerogative.


AGPTek A06 8GB Bluetooth MP3 Player 50 Hours Music Playback MP3 Lossless Sound Entry Hi-Fi Music Player(Color Blue)
AGPTek A06 8GB Bluetooth MP3 Player 50 Hours Music Playback MP3 Lossless Sound Entry Hi-Fi Music Player(Color Blue)

5.0 out of 5 stars Great MP3 Player, 19 Aug. 2015
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Great MP3 player. Small, neat and versatile. In fact it's quite amazing that such a small item can do so much. Sound quality, in my humble oppinion, is very good. It's very light too. I do however wish I had some way of protecting it - it being so small and light I mean. Read the instructions carefully when you get it. I didn't and struggled with a couple of functions untill the seller sent me a nice email explaining how simple they were to use
Would highly recommend it to anyone looking for an unintrusive MP3 player that does the job without complaining.


Marzan MHL to HDMI HD TV Adapter Samsung Tablet Galaxy Tab 3 8.0,10.1 Note 10.1 2014
Marzan MHL to HDMI HD TV Adapter Samsung Tablet Galaxy Tab 3 8.0,10.1 Note 10.1 2014

5.0 out of 5 stars Just the job, 20 July 2015
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Just the job. Works well with my android phone.


JSG Accessories®Car MP3 Player FM Transmitter with USB/SD Card Reader and Remote Control with BLUE display
JSG Accessories®Car MP3 Player FM Transmitter with USB/SD Card Reader and Remote Control with BLUE display
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5.0 out of 5 stars Sound is fantastic, 20 July 2015
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Is really great. Sound is fantastic and - loud and clear. Easy to use. Only issue was that in my cigarette lighter the screen appears upside down, lol.


Ford 1473674 LH Outer Front Door Moulding
Ford 1473674 LH Outer Front Door Moulding
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5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect for the job, 20 July 2015
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Arrived very quickly. Was able to put it on even quicker. Perfect for the job. Thanks.


The Crown in the Heather (The Bruce Trilogy Book 1)
The Crown in the Heather (The Bruce Trilogy Book 1)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Writer, 30 Jun. 2015
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Great book - Great writer. Haven't finished the book yet.


Breaking Free
Breaking Free
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great read - intriguing and perceptive, 14 Mar. 2013
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This review is from: Breaking Free (Kindle Edition)
An Intriguing insight into the a journey of the heart and mind. Much more interesting than if it were just a journey across the world on a bike. We get to know the real Chett Vosloo - what makes him tick - the good the bad and the ugly. You feel a sense of hope that someone, perhaps like yourself, can still find answers in a world that seems to be closing in on us all (or perhaps that's just my perception).
Great read... Get it and find some real time answers to lifes hard knocks.


The Daydreamer (Red Fox Older Fiction)
The Daydreamer (Red Fox Older Fiction)
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4.0 out of 5 stars A review of Ian McEwan's 'The Daydreamer', 12 Oct. 2012
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Ian McEwan, born 1948, has always had a knack of writing emphatically about children. He does so in several of his books, not least The Cement Garden (1980) where, through the 14 year old narrator, Jack, he gives a convincing and detailed view of the world of childhood left to fend for itself. So it is good to find that he has managed, amongst his tribe of adult books, to write some novels for children as well.

This novel, The Daydreamer, first published in 1984, starts nicely from a third person's perspective and has a straightforward style. It deals directly with the workings of a young boy's mind, and the differentiating between that and the mind-set of adults. It's also comparable with Matilda by Roald Dahl (Dahl, 2001), published in 1988.
A reviewer in the Publishers Weekly said that McEwan's prose in The Daydreamer "reveals a profound understanding of childhood" (Publisher Weekly, 1994).

McEwan, in his book The Daydreamer, writes about a ten year old boy who, by the end of the story has grown into a twelve year old adolescent. The story is progressive, and has a thought-provoking end which could easily have had a sequel.
The Daydreamer is a progression of short stories and each one could have been self contained.
McEwan's writing is realistic, even though Peter's daydreams are extremely imaginative.

McEwan is quick to exploit the differences between the boy, Peter, and the adult world. It suddenly becomes a dangerous time for Peter, attributable to the misunderstanding of grownups that label him a "problem child". The misunderstanding takes place because there is more going on in Peter's head than in the world outside. A useful idea that McEwan takes full advantage of in some of his adult novels too. Mixing interiority with exteriority enriches what otherwise would have been very placid scenes.

One thing noticeable in the book is McEwan's usage of upbeat names and positive sentences. When negativity does encroach it is dealt with in a constructive manner - like the house burglar, Soapy Sam, or the bully, Barry Tamerlane, whose name derives `from the Persian, Timur-i lang', the last great nomadic leader, a conquer, empire builder and, the first to exploit settled populations. Tamerlane is examined by Peter in a positive light, revealing a streak of underlying humour in McEwan's writing style.
The Daydreamer shows great use of imagination, voice, and an understanding of the emotional and underlying processes of growing up - the view from a child's perspective; the skill of enhancing the outer world by use of the inner; the changing world of children's literature along with the importance of positive messages within the storyline, and the unsighted views of realism and fantasy.
in particular the usage of words, language, imagery and illustrations, and how he incorporated these into his work is second to none.


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