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Kill the Father
Kill the Father
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5.0 out of 5 stars Serial killer story with (several) unusual twists, 29 May 2017
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Apparently, this is the first of a series with the same protagonists. Excellent, let's have more of this odd couple: a beautiful (naturally) police detective, and a man, now grown up and acting as a kind of Cumberbatch-type Holmesian consultant, who was imprisoned for years by the main villain of the book, who calls himself The Father. As you can imagine, the story is about the way this odd couple hunt for a resourceful murderer who's been covering his tracks for years. Lots of things aren't how they seem, though, but I'll avoid spoilers here. I liked this book a lot. It has a few interesting twists on the standard serial-killer genre. How plausible these are is questionable, but if you suspend disbelief and go along for the ride you'll enjoy it.


Vipère au poing (Les Cahiers Rouges) (French Edition)
Vipère au poing (Les Cahiers Rouges) (French Edition)
Price: £4.49

4.0 out of 5 stars Mommy dearest...., 29 May 2017
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Apparently based on actual experiences of the author, this autobiographical novel narrates the struggle of a boy, aided and abetted sometimes by his two brothers, against his tyrannical mother, nicknamed "Follcoche" for folle cochonne. The mother makes normal control freaks seem easy going, and rules the household, her husband, and the numerous tutors she employs in an almost psychotically manipulative way. The novel never explains the roots of this odd behaviour, like many monsters of fiction she's just very bad, although in this case she isn't fictional. The reader roots for the boy the whole way through, and cheers him on after every little triumph over his monstrous mother. The mother is an unforgettable character. That the author survived intact, if he did, is a miracle. The French is of intermediate/advanced level, so if you're a beginner this isn't the book for you.


La Porte des enfers (Domaine Français) (French Edition)
La Porte des enfers (Domaine Français) (French Edition)
Price: £6.99

5.0 out of 5 stars To Hell and back(?), 29 May 2017
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I should say at first that this is a very unusual mixture of genres. On the one hand, some of it reads like a revenge thriller, but on the other, it's a kind of exploration of loss, involving an actual trip to the Underworld. So, partly realistic, and partly not. I won't give too much away here, but the novel is set in an around Naples where, conveniently, a gate into the Underworld actually still exists. A young boy is accidentally killed in an exchange of fire between gangs. His distraught mother gives the equally distraught father an ultimatum. Either kill the person who shot the boy, or bring the boy back from the Underworld. An apparently chance meeting with an odd group of clients in a cafe, an eccentric professor, a transvestite prostitute, and a renegade priest, gives the father the chance to visit the Underworld to rescue his son, and the reader goes with him. Again, no spoilers here. Definitely an interesting read. The French is generally fairly easy. Intermediate level students of French should have no trouble.


Violins4you Double Bass Bow New Superior Carbon Fibre 4/4 German Style
Violins4you Double Bass Bow New Superior Carbon Fibre 4/4 German Style
Offered by Violins4You
Price: £69.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Good and inexpensive German double bass bow, 7 April 2017
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I needed a second bow and decided to try a German bow for the first time. The product is great for the price, although I'm still learning how to use it.


Microsoft Surface Pro 4 Type UK Layout Keyboard - Red
Microsoft Surface Pro 4 Type UK Layout Keyboard - Red
Price: £77.77

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
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 (Intel Core i5-6300U 2.4 GHz, 8 GB RAM, 256 GB SSD, Integrated Graphics, Windows 10 Pro) - Silver
Microsoft Surface Pro 4 12.3 inch Tablet with Pen (Intel Core i5-6300U 2.4 GHz, 8 GB RAM, 256 GB SSD, Integrated Graphics, Windows 10 Pro) - Silver
Offered by Acacia One London
Price: £929.00

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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 (HORS COLLECTION) (French Edition)
De force (HORS COLLECTION) (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: £8.95

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!


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