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Chronicles of the Black Company: The Black Company - Shadows Linger - The White Rose
Chronicles of the Black Company: The Black Company - Shadows Linger - The White Rose
by Glen Cook
Edition: Paperback
Price: £15.90

5.0 out of 5 stars world of magic and the struggle between good and evil, 2 April 2013
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first of all I would like to give you a warning: the style of the writing is somewhat confusing at the beginning since you are thrown right into the thick of it. I could not follow the story at the beginning and I was frustrated, but don't worry! this feeling quickly fades, just keep on reading, it will get better! things will start to make sense and unravel, you will understand the world in the background and the story will start to fall into place. as soon as this happens I was not able to put the book down any more, staying up late into the night not wanting to go to sleep to just keep on reading, wanting to know how the story continues and what is going to happen next.

about the story: it's about the usual struggle between good and evil, while an even bigger evil lingers in the shadows of the world. the story of the world is unfolding through the eyes of the annalist/historian/physician of the Black Company; as such, I can understand why the writing style was chosen the way it was. it makes sense that someone who is in a military unit, being dragged along at breakneck pace through the events of the story, will not have the time to describe too much detail. there isn't much description of unnecessary clutter, it kind of expects you to "know" the world and the history of it. it describes what is needed to follow the story, although I do find that sometimes the author was jumping a bit too quickly, but it may be forgiven because the style makes kind of sense to me. I love the characters of the book, Croaker, Goblin, One-Eye and Raven especially, they are my favourites by far.

the fantasy world portrayed, even though it isn't described in as much detail sometimes, is still full of wonders and very imaginative. the supposedly evil character of the Lady although she is the lesser of two evils, the Ten Who Were Taken, the lingering Dominator...I actually got scared with the events around the Black Castle, those creatures gave me the creeps and I found myself cheering Croaker &Co on, turning the pages hoping all of them would pull through...

I ordered the next book in the series already (the books of the south), I just hope it arrives here in time before I get to the end of this one...

the only negative point I would like to make is that at least in the Kindle version of the book there are loads of typos and I wish someone had done a better job at editing the book.

other than that, I love it


Timberland Stratham Heights Waterproof, Women's Boots
Timberland Stratham Heights Waterproof, Women's Boots

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars comfortable, nice texture, awesome, 5 Dec. 2012
first thing i need to mention is that i am not a heel person...i tend to wear comfy trainers my whole life...but there comes a time when i wanted to start wearing heels, give it a try, practice my feet. i found these in a timberland shop, tried them on, they fit snugly. bought them and haven't regretted it ever since. i am wearing them regularly now and i must say, for someone who isn't used to heels these are very comfortable. the heel is slanted at the back, making walking quite easy and a comfortable step. the texture on the outside feels very nice, the inside feels warm, they are indeed water-proof and feel just great. the bottom has a profile which makes them even on slippery ground stable. i like them so much i am thinking about buying another pair in a different colour...

i would definately recommend them :)


The Name of the Wind: The Kingkiller Chronicle: Book 1 (Kingkiller Chonicles)
The Name of the Wind: The Kingkiller Chronicle: Book 1 (Kingkiller Chonicles)
Price: £5.99

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars loving it!, 10 July 2012
there are many good reviews out there already, there isn't much else I need to add. I love the world created, the concepts of "magic", the ideas of some mysterious powers lurking in the world, the characters...awesome book!


The King of the Crags (Memory of Flames Book 2)
The King of the Crags (Memory of Flames Book 2)
Price: £4.99

2.0 out of 5 stars the concept is still too hollow, 10 July 2012
The first book had potential, but the realization didn't quite hold up. I was hoping that was because it was a debut and that the second book would become better, i.e. more in depth characters and politics, work a bit more on the world and the humans in it rather than just castles, a handful of noble characters and clouds in the sky. However, the second book still doesn't fullfil those wishes. I like the dragons and the concept of this world and history, but I would have liked to see a more thorough realization of this idea.


The Adamantine Palace (Memory of Flames Book 1)
The Adamantine Palace (Memory of Flames Book 1)
Price: £1.99

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars has potential, but realization doesn't hold up, 10 July 2012
I generally like the idea of the story and the world that has been created. the dragons are nice as well and their history too. however, the humans and their world are a massive letdown. the whole story turns around a handfull of humans and their power play; the rest of the world is forgotten. you learn nothing of the common people, what the world looks like "on the ground". all you hear about are castles, fortresses, the sky and clouds. the politics that are taking place are meaningless because they have no impact on the world, it's all about personal gain of a few people. the alliances are not explored in depth, the links between the main characters are too weak, the politics don't draw you in, the characters are too shallow.

i like the concept and the idea behind the story, but it would have been nicer to explore the story in more depth. i was hoping that this issue was because this book was a debut and the sequel might be better. so I read the second book as well, but it doesn't get better, unfortunately. this book is not for me.


The Lies of Locke Lamora: The Gentleman Bastard Sequence, Book One (Gentleman Bastards 1)
The Lies of Locke Lamora: The Gentleman Bastard Sequence, Book One (Gentleman Bastards 1)
Price: £2.99

16 of 32 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars dull, boring and slow, 10 July 2012
I have been looking for a new fantasy book to keep me occupied for a while, and the many good reviews and the fact that this book was advertised as a fantasy novel made me try it out. I will tell you right away that I haven't finished the book, it was just too boring and slow to kick off. the story is about an orphan and how he becomes a deceiver and thief and leader of his thieving gang. That would be alright for me if this was a different genre, however, there isn't enough "fantasy" going on for me in here, which is what I have been looking for.

Fantasy does not mean creating lots of weird names and throw them at the reader. From the way the names have been created and the description of the city I rather feel of being in some sort of Venice, Italy, rather than a fantasy world. Fight scenes between humans and "shark" type animals doesn't make a world "fantasy" either.

The reader is being thrown back and forth between the present and flashbacks, trying to make for an interesting read and building suspense? I assume that was the meaning for it, I could not stand it at all. There is never enough room for the story to develop and to get engulfed by it, to be sucked into the action. And just when you think the story is finally moving forward, there you go, another flashback to some distant memory that doesn't actually have any meaning for the current present situation. I felt like a ping-pong ball. The story feels like it's being chewed upfront for you, instead of being swept away by it. There is no bonding to the characters, they are as colorless and uninteresting as the story is.

Of course I am biased since I haven't finished the book. So maybe later on in the book there will finally be some proper fantasy elements. Maybe you will actually connect with the characters and cheer them on. However, if there is any development in these directions occuring in the book, it's happening way too slow and too dull for my taste. I am having more fun writing this review than continue to read the book.

Authors such as Joe Abercrombie, Peter V Brett and Patrick Rothfuss are much more to my liking; they create stories that suck you in from the start and keep you going, eager to keep turning those pages. They have characters you connect with and feel with, and I would recommend their books over this one any time.


Button It Medium Sewing Box - Red Polka Dot 317
Button It Medium Sewing Box - Red Polka Dot 317
Offered by Carters of London
Price: £25.35

7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars handy size, several compartments, 8 May 2012
i do not do much sewing, but i do have the necessary items in case a button falls off, or there is some small hole, or some other small job to be done. for these i needed to find a sewing box that could store all my stuff nicely and i didn't have everything lying around over several different drawers in the house.

this sewing box has a nice size, it's long enough to store standard sized scissors, for example, and there are several compartments for things like buttons and needles. it has everything i needed for a small box to store all the essentials.


Compact Snips
Compact Snips
Offered by Bescol
Price: £17.98

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars small, precise and sharp ... very nice tool, 7 May 2012
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i needed to find some small scissors that i could use to do some precision cutting on my home plants for when they had dry leaves or i wanted to cut something that was located deep inside the plant that you couldn't get to easily due to many leaves blocking your way. i wanted something that could reach such places and do its job without damaging the rest of the plant. this is exactly what these compact snips do. they are small and handy. due to their long and thin tips they can do precision cutting on even small leaves or stems. they are also well made in a way that the both scissor half are fitting 100% to each other, and with their sharp edges, making these scissors very neat and precise in their cuttings


Gordon's Great Escape Southeast Asia: 100 of my favourite Southeast Asian recipes
Gordon's Great Escape Southeast Asia: 100 of my favourite Southeast Asian recipes
by Gordon Ramsay
Edition: Hardcover

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars delicious recipes, but can have long prep times, 11 Feb. 2012
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bought this book as i was looking for asian style dishes. i have tried many of the recipes from this book so far and i must say that i am not disappointed. all of the dishes that i have tried so far always left me wanting more, and i am definately going to continue cooking from this book and will go back to several of the dishes that i have tried so far.

the only downsides to this book are 1) the preparation time which can be rather long for some of the dishes (maybe this time can be reduced if you have a good food processor to do some of the chopping for you), and 2) the section on appetizers and soups is too long and i would have prefered to have more recipes for main dishes. this last point is only my own personal view though, as i am not a big fan of making appetizers and i don't particularly like soups in general, so these sections are a bit wasted on me. but then again, they will probably be of great value to people who actually do like soups and appetizers, so it's not really a flaw of the book per se.

i really like this book and am now looking into buying GR's book on indian recipes too.


Jamie's 30-Minute Meals: A Revolutionary Approach to Cooking Good Food Fast
Jamie's 30-Minute Meals: A Revolutionary Approach to Cooking Good Food Fast
by Jamie Oliver
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £17.68

4.0 out of 5 stars most of the dishes very tasty, 11 Feb. 2012
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bought this book because i wanted to try some new and different dishes and needed ideas for recipes. i have tried a handful of recipes from this book and so far i can say that most of the dishes are very yummie...i think i only made one dish once that i didn't like too much, but then again, not every dish can always hit your tastebuds so i don't blame the book for that.

the dishes are not too difficult to prepare, and if you have a proper food processor i guess you can manage to get the recipe done in 30-45 mins, so it's not too bad. however, if you don't have such food processors the preparation times are slightly increased, which is why i didn't give the 5 stars. this shouldn't be too much of an issue though, and certainly does not influence the taste of the dishes themselves.

all in all, i believe this is a good book and i am definately going to try more recipes from this book.


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