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To The Wonder [DVD] [2013]
To The Wonder [DVD] [2013]
Dvd ~ Ben Affleck
Price: £9.95

1.0 out of 5 stars Pointless, 11 May 2016
This review is from: To The Wonder [DVD] [2013] (DVD)
Quite how anyone thought it would be a good idea to film this drivel is beyond me. Pure and utter tosh. Ben Affleck looked at times embarrassed to be even on screen. Olga K was annoying. Reputedly about love and passion, all I got was irritation, in huge, spewing piles. Awful, awful, awful


The Wild Flower Key (Revised Edition) - How to identify wild plants, trees and shrubs in Britain and Ireland
The Wild Flower Key (Revised Edition) - How to identify wild plants, trees and shrubs in Britain and Ireland
by Francis Rose
Edition: Paperback
Price: £19.99

4.0 out of 5 stars Invaluable, 13 Jan. 2016
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A thoroughly wonderful volume. Easy to use, with comprehensive descriptions of variant plants, complete with spot on illustrations. An invaluable companion during my thesis, and now a staple in my fieldwork


Dragonflies And Damselflies: Model Organisms for Ecological and Evolutionary Research
Dragonflies And Damselflies: Model Organisms for Ecological and Evolutionary Research
by Alex Córdoba-Aguilar
Edition: Paperback
Price: £43.99

4.0 out of 5 stars Did not disappoint, 13 Jan. 2016
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I purchased this during the course of my studies as very few up to date monographs exist on Odonata. A wonderful global overview of odonates, ranging from the mechanics of the individual to broad stroke ecological impacts.


The Pure In Heart: Simon Serrailler Book 2
The Pure In Heart: Simon Serrailler Book 2
by Susan Hill
Edition: Paperback
Price: £7.99

1.0 out of 5 stars Simon Snoozeville, 13 Jan. 2016
I love Susan Hill's ghost stories, so when I discovered that she has also penned a crime series I hunted them down and dove right in. I wasn't too impressed with book one - too much focus on perfect homes and perfect jobs and finding wonderful new friends, blah blah blah - but then I get to book 2 ... Geez, things are not looking good, and I haven't even finished it. The sickly wonderful brother-sister relationships aside, are there any proofreaders working in Chatto and Windus??!!!! I have actually had to do a doubletake several times whilst reading, fearing my eyesight was failing me, there are so many mistakes in this volume. Not typos per se (yet), just transposed words, words used in the wrong context, etc. Substandard stuff. Then you get to the story, barely. Concentrate on the crimes, Ms. Hill. The whole welcoming farmhouse and sobbing sister thing just doesn't do it for me.


Final Witness
Final Witness
by Simon Tolkien
Edition: Paperback
Price: £7.99

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars I begrudge giving it even one star, 23 Oct. 2012
This review is from: Final Witness (Paperback)
Awful, awful stuff. The story's a snooze, the characters are wooden and uninvolving. The writing ... good grief. What can I say? It has to be one of the worst books I have ever read, and I came very close many times to breaking my golden rule of never ditching a book. A real struggle and a pure waste of my time.


Soul Mountain
Soul Mountain
by Gao Xingjian
Edition: Paperback
Price: £9.98

3.0 out of 5 stars Too highbrow ... for me, 20 April 2012
This review is from: Soul Mountain (Paperback)
My staple reads are crime novels, but one day in a fit of adventure I bought this book. It proceeded to sit on my shelf, unread, for 8 years and I only tackled it recently when my sister announced that she was sick of looking at it up there. So I sat down and prepared for a long slog, but surprisingly I flew through the first part of it. I loved the history and legend parts of the novel, and those on Daoism and the natural landscape, but then it got too intellectual for me. The whole he-she-you-I parts drove me mad, and I have never read a book with so much rape in it!!! Yes, I know - please revert to the 'too intellectual for me' part of this review - but couldn't the author have chosen another metaphor?? Seriously! I won't be rushing back to read this author, but nor can I give this novel less than 3 stars because I know the failing is on my part.


Evening
Evening
by Susan Minot
Edition: Paperback

5.0 out of 5 stars Magical, 8 April 2012
This review is from: Evening (Paperback)
When you've been in a relationship for as long as I've had, you tend to forget how breathtaking it used to be. This book is a must read for anyone who wants to remember why you said 'Yes' to that someone. It is beautifully written, totally absorbing and very, very wonderful. Straight into my Top 10


The Twin
The Twin
by Gerbrand Bakker
Edition: Paperback
Price: £8.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful, 16 Mar. 2012
This review is from: The Twin (Paperback)
Clean and crisp writing, with spartan detail, accurately portraying the heartbreakingly uncommunicative nature of many men of this generation. Incredibly sad and very moving, it is a truly wonderful novel, and I can understand why IMPAC chose it as their 2010 winner


The Tenderness of Wolves
The Tenderness of Wolves
by Stef Penney
Edition: Paperback
Price: £7.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Enchanting, 16 Mar. 2012
Right from the off I knew I'd like this book. Penney paints a very convincing landscape populated with believable characters, and despite the many opportunities to take the easy way out and indulge in schmalzy romance which has ruined many a book for me, there is no pink and cuddly loveliness in this tale. Outwardly anyway. It's a harsh tale set in a harsh era and I just loved it


The Killing Circle
The Killing Circle
by Andrew Pyper
Edition: Paperback

2.0 out of 5 stars Nasty stuff, 16 Mar. 2012
This review is from: The Killing Circle (Paperback)
I've read a gazillion crime novels and 99 times out of 100 when I finish one, I forget all about it. Not this one, and not in a good way. It just left me feeling icky. It also read like it was a movie proposal, full of gore and incredulous plot lines. Pyper is a good writer, but after reading this and Lost Girls I'd like to see him attempt a teetotalling, clean-living main character and see how unsettling a tale he can create without the crutch of mindbending inebriation


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