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Microsoft Surface Pro 4 Type Keyboard - Red
Microsoft Surface Pro 4 Type Keyboard - Red
Price: £79.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent kepboard, 25 Jun. 2016
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This clip-on keyboard (it actually seems to attach itself magnetically at first) is the best of its type I've used. The keys are positive, probably better than usual thin laptop type keys, and the trackpad works really well, to the extent that I've abandoned my mouse altogether. The only annoying thing is that you have to buy it separately from the Surface Pro for which it's essential. Otherwise, very good indeed.


Microsoft Surface Pro 4 12.3-Inch Tablet with Pen (Silver) - (Intel Core i5-6300U 2.4 GHz, 8 GB RAM, 256 GB SSD, Integrated Graphics, Windows 10 Pro)
Microsoft Surface Pro 4 12.3-Inch Tablet with Pen (Silver) - (Intel Core i5-6300U 2.4 GHz, 8 GB RAM, 256 GB SSD, Integrated Graphics, Windows 10 Pro)
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Price: £979.99

5.0 out of 5 stars A very nice product, 25 Jun. 2016
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I bought a Surface Pro 4 with an i5, 8G memory, and 256G storage. I've been very impressed with it. I nearly dropped it while unpacking it (the packaging is elegant, but be careful!), after that all was fine. The screen is very detailed with a fantastic range of colours. It's very fast, both for internet and for the applications I use. It comes with a pen which attaches magnetically. I've just used it for making a few notes, but it works fine. Overall, a very nice product with which I'm more than satisfied.


Congo Requiem (LITT.GENERALE) (French Edition)
Congo Requiem (LITT.GENERALE) (French Edition)
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4.0 out of 5 stars Gruesome sequel to "Lontano", 26 May 2016
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The action of this novel follows on more or less immediately from that of Lontano, to which it is a (very long) sequel. All characters who survived the first novel are back, and the focus is once again on the activities of the Morvan family. The first half of the novel takes place in the Congo, where the detective Erwan Morvan has gone to find out more about the history of the "Homme Clou", the deceased serial killer who terrorized the Congo 40 years before, as well as the find out more of the history of his own family. The Congo, racked by war, corruption, murders, rapes, and mutilations, is unlikely to figure among readers' favourite holiday destinations. To avoid spoilers, I can't discuss what goes on here, but there's lots of gruesome action and revelations which put many of the events of Lontano in a rather different perspective. The second half of the novel takes place mostly in France, and involves a cocktail of mad psychiatrists, corrupt police, several set piece chases which seem intended for a film and, of course, many deaths. There's also an unusual use for a champagne cork which readers will not forget in a hurry. There's a more or less satisfactory tying up of what seem to be hundreds of loose ends, most of which I couldn't really remember from the first novel, I must confess, and an ending that's not completely happy. I didn't like it as much as Lontano, mainly because of the action in the Congo, where it seemed just too far-fetched that an unprepared Paris cop could make the headway he did, or even survive for more than a day or two given the events surrounding him. Overall, good though, but I've heard enough about the Morvans now, so no more 800 page sequels please, Jean-Christophe!


De force (French Edition)
De force (French Edition)
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4.0 out of 5 stars Ok but not her best, 1 May 2016
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I'm a big Karine Giebel fan, but this wasn't among her best work (nor was her last book, in my view). An eminent surgeon (a man with a lot of things to hide as it turns out) and his daughter are threatened by a mysterious assailant. Luckily they have the aid of a bodyguard who moves into their luxurious villa to protect them. Also in the villa is the surgeon's younger, beautiful, second wife, and a cook/maid (also beautiful....is any woman not in French thrillers?). A lot of what happens then is fairly conventional (but I won't put spoilers in here), and readers can probably guess some or all of it. There's one big twist (but readers are likely to guess that too), and a smaller one, and a typical Giebel climax (i.e. lots of people die....). I thought it was much too conventional for this gifted writer, and I spent most of the book waiting for something really interesting and strange to happen....which it never did. Ok, but disappointing.


Gesang der Jünglinge
Gesang der Jünglinge
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5.0 out of 5 stars Electronic masterpiece, 13 Jan. 2016
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Stockhausen's electronic masterpiece from the mid 1950s, available as an MP3 download for next to nothing. What's not to like? This 12-minute work, originally intended to be part of an electronic Catholic mass (Stockhausen was a devoted catholic at the time) sets words from the story of the burning fiery furnace. Words sung by a single boy, are stripped down into syllables and parts of syllables, but sometimes presented alone, intermixed with electronic sounds, all arranged according to a serial principle so complex that no-one's worked it out yet. But that doesn't matter. Just listen to the incredible sounds.


Leer En Espanol - Lecturas Graduadas: Asesinato En El Barrio Gotico + CD (Leer en Espanol: Nivel 2)
Leer En Espanol - Lecturas Graduadas: Asesinato En El Barrio Gotico + CD (Leer en Espanol: Nivel 2)
by Oscar Tosal
Edition: Paperback
Price: £8.40

3.0 out of 5 stars Short book for post-beginner Spanish, 13 Dec. 2015
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This is a short book for people learning Spanish. It's not much of a detective story (poor characters, no real suspense, very quick resolution) but as a fairly simple exercise in reading Spanish it's ok. The text is around 60 pages long, so reading it isn't a formidable prospect. As a reading exercise it's ok, but don't expect a great thriller!


Lontano (LITT.GENERALE) (French Edition)
Lontano (LITT.GENERALE) (French Edition)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Long and complex psycho-politico thriller, 14 Sept. 2015
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A new Jean-Christophe Grange is always an event, and in my view this is his best book for some time. It's extremely long, more than 800 pages in the print edition, so it's quite a read. It centres on the Morvan family: the paterfamilias Gregoire, former policeman then fixer for several presidents of France, with his finger in every dirty pie for years, his wife Maggie, former hippy chick, now apparently abused wife, son Erwan, a tough but more conventional cop, another son Loic, a drug addicted financier, and sister Gaele, would-be actress and sometime prostitute. Gregoire spent time in the Congo, where he tracked down a terrifying serial killer (l'Homme-Clou), who turned his victims into living African fetish objects, largely by driving nails into them. As a reward, Gregoire received mineral concessions, and a sub-plot is involved with murky financial deals in Africa.

An initiation rite at a base for trainee pilots goes wrong, and Erwan is sent basically to cover this up, but the case soon becomes much more complex. In fact, a copycat of l'Homme-Clou is loose in Paris and elsewhere, killing people connected in various ways to the Morvan family. It's best not to say too much more for fear of spoilers, but this long novel has conventional and unconventional twists, unusual medical and scientific procedures (quite common in contemporary French thrillers it seems), extreme violence, normal and sado-masochistic sex, deeply buried family secrets. All in all an excellent read if you (a) can read French fairly well. But Miss Marple it isn't so be warned.


Notable American Women: A Novel (Vintage Contemporaries Original)
Notable American Women: A Novel (Vintage Contemporaries Original)
by Ben Marcus
Edition: Paperback
Price: £10.36

5.0 out of 5 stars Work of haunting strangeness, 14 Sept. 2015
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This book is maybe the best starting point for people who want to enter the strange universe of Ben Marcus. Most of his usual obsessions (cloth, air, birds, holes in the ground, and particularly the dangerousness of language) are well represented. The basic premise is that a group of women, led by the formidable Jane Dark, take over a farmhouse in Ohio (home of the Marcus family, who initially consent to this), to conduct experiments in a sort of behaviour modification system involving language, gesture, and movement. A principal aim is to avoid dangerous disturbances of the air, which engender storms, by promoting a consonant-free language, gestural stillness, and ultimately silence. The text of the book is in three unequal-size parts. The first is a short introduction, largely a rant, by (the fictional) Ben Marcus's father, apparently imprisoned in an underground chamber on the farm. The last is a revelatory epilogue by Marcus's mother. The bulk of the book is taken up by Ben Marcus's own description of the extremely strange activities at the farm, interspersed by invented histories of the "Silentist" movement. Part cult, part almost alien-like cognitive modification program, the movement's prescriptions amuse, revolt, and fascinate in equal measure. The book is beautifully written, with a haunting strangeness. You won't forget it in a hurry. I should finish by saying that this is definitely a work of fiction: Marcus claims never to have even been to Ohio! But what his mother and father say to neighbours who might have read the book is hard to guess....


Cold Moon (The Huntress/FBI Thrillers Book 3)
Cold Moon (The Huntress/FBI Thrillers Book 3)
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4.0 out of 5 stars Female vigilante heroine, 21 Jun. 2015
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This is the third in the Huntress series, so it's unlikely to be read by itself. I enjoyed the three novels in sequence, but won't say much about them in detail for fear of spoilers. Basically, it's the story of a female vigilante killer, whose victims are exclusively evil men (paedophiles, pimps, rapists, terrorists, etc., she gets through quite a few in the three books), and the FBI agents who pursue her, with varying degree of success. Obviously, moral lines get blurred, to say the least, and few readers will have any doubts about where their own sentiments lie. There are hints of a John Connolly-esque supernatural element here and there, but I'll leave it to the reader to work out whether this is real or imaginary. The psychological state of the "heroine" (odd, to say the least) is explored in some chapters. The three novels together are an undemanding entertaining read.


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: £7.75

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.


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