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The Red Pocket Book of Spanish Verbs: 333 Fully Conjugated Verbs (Language-Learning Favorites)
The Red Pocket Book of Spanish Verbs: 333 Fully Conjugated Verbs (Language-Learning Favorites)
by Ronni L Gordon
Edition: Paperback
Price: £5.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Very useful little book of verbs, 18 May 2015
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Very useful for learners of Spanish. Small, so easy to carry around, pretty comprehensive in that it contains most of the verbs you'll want to use, and easy to consult as the verbs are in alphabetical order. Anyone who's struggled with those accursed preterito indefinidos (which is probably all non-native learners of Spanish) will love it.


In the Light of What We Know
In the Light of What We Know
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2.0 out of 5 stars Long and tedious: don't believe the hype, 10 Feb. 2015
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It's very rare that I don't finish a book, even a long one like this, but for me the reading experience just became too tedious to continue, after reading perhaps three-quarters of it. Ok, on the positive side the book deals with some big contemporary themes: the financial crisis, the war in Afghanistan, the English class system, the difficulty of outsiders penetrating into Western society (even if they've had the advantage of going to Eton and Oxford!). But...the book didn't seem to say anything interesting about any of these things, and involved a rambling story mostly of the life of Zafar its protagonist (humble family in Bangladesh, then Oxford to read maths...then a seemingly almost accidental journey to Wall Street then Afghanistan...), told in a disorganised way (the principal narrator warns us from time that Zafar's tale isn't told in a clearly linear form, maybe the author just couldn't be bothered to structure the book properly). Maths and Gödel's theorem is thrown in apparently at random. It just became too tedious to read on.


Crossing the Line (Jessica Daniel Series Book 8)
Crossing the Line (Jessica Daniel Series Book 8)
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4.0 out of 5 stars Not endorsed by the Manchester tourist office, 13 Jan. 2015
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Jessica Daniel, now a detective inspector, is tracking down a sort of urban vigilante who punishes guilty men. As well as this, a back story, which becomes a central theme, relates to an old serial killer (the "Stretford Slasher"). I can't say more about that without spoiling the story. It's nicely written with lots of black humour, but some moments of stark drama (particularly at the end). Manchester is painted in the darkest tones, making it sound like a freezing rain-soaked version of Robocop's Detroit. It's not actually as bad a that, and the Northern Quarter, where lots of the action takes place, is really quite an interesting place!


American Elsewhere
American Elsewhere
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5.0 out of 5 stars Stephen King meets Lovecraft, 13 Jan. 2015
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A long novel that reads like a mixture of Stephen King and H.P. Lovecraft. A feisty female cop inherits a house in Wink, New Mexico, a town not on any map, but close to an almost forgotten secret government laboratory. It's part mystery as the cop tries to figure out what's going on in Wink (a very odd place indeed), and what role her mother played in the experiments at the lab, then part horror/fantasy as the real nature of what's happened is uncovered. Lovecraftian other universes and their inhabitants (not all evil by any means) feature significantly, and there's a climax that's like something out of "Godzilla". An interesting mixture of "small town" Kingish horror/thriller and Cthulu-type weirdness. I liked it a lot.


NOS4R2
NOS4R2
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4.0 out of 5 stars Stephen King-ish novel, 13 Jan. 2015
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Long Stephen King-ish story of a sot of vampire who abducts children to take them to a Father Christmas fantasy world. A feisty young heroine with some unusual powers combats this menace, and his magical Rolls Royce. A good long read if you've got an extended trip (as I had).


Aula Internacional - Nueva Edicion: Libro Del Alumno + Ejercicios + CD 2 (A2)
Aula Internacional - Nueva Edicion: Libro Del Alumno + Ejercicios + CD 2 (A2)
by Jaime Corpas Viñals
Edition: Paperback
Price: £22.95

5.0 out of 5 stars good but you need a teacher as well, 13 Jan. 2015
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This is the coursebook for courses at the Instituto Cervantes (Elementary 3 and 4) where, of course, you have a teacher. It's got varied content and is interesting as well as having lots of grammar and vocabulary. It's written completely in Spanish, so isn't really a "teach yourself" book unless you want a real challenge and , in any case, there are probably better ones if you want to do this. So, for its purpose it's great but maybe not the best for a person trying to learn Spanish by themselves.


EYESHOT: The most gripping suspense thriller you will ever read
EYESHOT: The most gripping suspense thriller you will ever read
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4.0 out of 5 stars Mad sniper terrorizes couple, 5 Nov. 2014
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Maybe not "the most gripping suspense thriller you will ever read", although it is suspenseful and an entertaining undemanding read. The premise is initially simple, although things (which I won't describe the avoid spoilers) complicate it a bit. A couple travelling by road in a desolate desert area of the US get pinned down by a sniper with almost supernatural shooting abilities. He strands them by shooting up their car engine, then they are apparently completely at his mercy. How the plucky couple get themselves out of this basic situation (as well as other perils) is the core of the story, which switches back and forth between the couple and the sniper himself. If you're interested in guns and shooting (which I'm not) there are what seem to be interesting details about how to shoot long distances and what gun to use, but the story stands up ok even if you don't really appreciate this stuff, which I didn't.


En Série - Journal d'un tueur (French Edition)
En Série - Journal d'un tueur (French Edition)
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4.0 out of 5 stars diary of a serial killer, 10 Oct. 2014
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This is apparently a re-written version of a novel that has been published before on the internet. It's basically the diary of a serial killer, starting from the first time he abducts and kills a women, to an ending that I won't reveal. Grim events are described, sometimes in detail, so readers should be warned about that. Perhaps the most remarkable thing about the book is the tone in which the narrator writes it, showing a virtually complete absence of empathy with the victims, or any human feeling at all. Motivation remains mysterious, and it seems that the sheer pleasure of killing is the key, so the author doesn't have to provide much background about the killer, nor does the killer himself indulge in any psychological analysis. Maybe that's what real serial killers are like. It's a powerful portrait of a person who seems to be (luckily) very different from most of us.


Le sang du bourreau (Masque Poche t. 20) (French Edition)
Le sang du bourreau (Masque Poche t. 20) (French Edition)
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4.0 out of 5 stars French serial killer story, 16 Sept. 2014
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This is another adventure of Commissaire Edwige Marion (she doesn't like the name Edwige and is always referred to as Marion), and her team. This time, they are on the trail of a bizarre, yet highly competent, serial killer who adorns his victims with mysterious symbols (you find out what these are later). As usual, Marion's private life gets seriously mixed up in the investigation and, also as is common, her team make mistakes, sometimes with disastrous consequences. It's an interesting (if implausible) story, the mechanics of which can't be discussed without spoilers. I've been trying to read the Marion thrillers in order, but haven't succeeded even in finding out the order in which they were written. It's advisable, in my view, for someone new to the series to read the earlier ones first, as Marion's life develops from one book to another. This one seems to be maybe 4 or 5 back from the most recent. Overall, a good read, with some interchanges between Marion and her team members.


Jusqu'à ce que la mort nous unisse (French Edition)
Jusqu'à ce que la mort nous unisse (French Edition)
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4.0 out of 5 stars Mystery in the mountains of Haut-Provence, 2 Sept. 2014
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I'm a great fan of Giebel's novels, but this maybe isn't her best one. It's set in the mountains of Haut-Provence. A solitary mountain guide, who's girlfriend left him in circumstances which the book later reveals, macho, seducer and abandoner of women, links up with a female gendarme (more or less immune to his charms for reasons which the book also reveals) to investigate a local murder and municipal corruption. There are a few twists of plot, and a not altogether happy ending (Giebel's habitual readers will be used to this...). It lacks the intensity of some of her work, though, and is more conventional than her great novels. Ok though by most standards. The French isn't too hard, with little argot, so an ok read for those, like me, who aren't anywhere near native competent in French.


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