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Teach Yourself Advanced Office 2013 - Third Edition
Teach Yourself Advanced Office 2013 - Third Edition
by Paul Buggs
Edition: Paperback
Price: £19.99

3.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing lack of definitions, 15 Jun. 2015
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This is a tricky one. On one hand, this book is great - full of exercises, links to resources etc. Really useful if you want to learn or brush up your advanced skills. On the other hand, it has a massive flaw - it lacks a huge amounts of explanations for what it is teaching. For example, in the Concatenate Function, it gives you three pages of a useful exercise to try - but never actually tell you what the heck Concatenate Function is or what it is useful for. Other exercises have definitions, but usually 2-3 pages into the exercise, rather than right at the beginning of the section. Now, you might argue that it's an advanced book and therefore they presume a certain amount of basic knowledge - but definitions of functions are vital, especially at Advanced level when they are rarely self-explanatory. They also repeat three different ways to save your work at the end OF EVERY EXERCISE. Seriously people, you can't explain what Concatenate Function is but you will repeat ad nauseum how to save work?! Whilst I found the exercises useful, I found it easier to search on Google (other search engines are available! ;) ), get the explanation, annotate the book for future reference and THEN do the exercise. This is quite an irritating and time-consuming activity, which is shame in an otherwise very good book.
It's not a bad book for a reference but £20.00 is a lot of money for a book that is lacking some fairly crucial factors.


The Queen's Wolf
The Queen's Wolf
Price: £1.99

5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent read - thought provoking and moving, 21 Jan. 2015
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This review is from: The Queen's Wolf (Kindle Edition)
An excellent read - thought provoking and moving. It will be stay with me for a long time to come.


Acting: Cut the Crap, Cue the Truth
Acting: Cut the Crap, Cue the Truth
by Natalie Burt
Edition: Paperback
Price: £14.99

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Finally, an honest look at the acting world, 5 Mar. 2014
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It's about time that someone actually wrote the truth about being an actor. Not another auditon speech book, or How To Be An Actor-it's-so-lovely-and-easy-book, which doesn't tell you everything about what you're signing up for but, instead, a book that genuinely spells out just how wonderful/terrible/glorious/heartrending and sometimes downright crippling it is to try a make a living as one.
"It's so hard", "It's so difficult" - this is what you hear over and over again but, like your own mortality, you valiantly (or stupidly) never conceive that yes, that does include YOU. Even if you got the star part in every school play. It's you. Even if you got straight into the drama school of your choice. Still you. Even if you got the dream agent, offered a great role and have never stopped working since you left. Ok, maybe not you. You should go away before we all throw things at you.

Anyway, the point is: this book is beautifully written. Natalie is honest - sometimes in a laugh-inappropriately-loudly-and-scare-small-children- way. Sometimes in a break-your-heart-with-sadness-and- joy-at-the-same-time way.
If you're an actor, buy it. If you think you'd like to be an actor, buy it. If you know an actor, buy it. If you think you'd like to try your hand at home baking, probably don't buy it. Try Delia Smith instead. For every one else, just buy it.


In the Footsteps of Anne Boleyn
In the Footsteps of Anne Boleyn
Price: £4.91

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Truly excellent, 5 Mar. 2014
This is a beautiful piece of work, thoroughly researched and easy to use. Having spent many years reading historical pieces and guides, it's refreshing to feel that you can relax into a book and simply enjoy it, as the book is solidly referenced and the authors are not afraid to say "We simply do not know" when appropriate. It is a very personal guide and the authors' love for their subject matter beams through every words and photograph but never threatens to overpower the work with fanaticism or obsession. Instead, there is a sense of "Because we love this woman, we will get this right" and what more could you wish for from a work of this nature?

Some of the places in this book I know like the back of my hand, others I know through reference books alone whilst yet others I had barely heard of. Safe to say, not only will I be making a few extra daytrips this Spring/ Summer, I also feel that this book has opened another little window into that world and that makes it very special indeed.


Danse Macabre (Anita Blake Vampire Hunter 13)
Danse Macabre (Anita Blake Vampire Hunter 13)
by Laurell K. Hamilton
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £10.99

16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Truly awful :(, 11 Aug. 2006
I've been a huge Anita Blake since the beginning. I seriously thought it was one of the strongest series i had ever read, in any genre but particularly in this field. It was so unsual to find something so gripping and so enjoyable. The last couple of books before this one have been weak but I hung on in there, in the hope that all would sort itself out soon enough but this really was the most shocking waste of money, I'm considering just shipping it off to the charity shop and i *never* give away my books! There is absolutely no story - not even a weak pretense at one. The Danse part of it is about 2 pages long and i *still* have no idea what the point of that even was. I have lost all idea of why exactly she needs to "feed" every two and a half pages (honestly, not a clue!) and if i read the phrase, "he brought me screaming" one more time I may scream myself...and not in a good way. I was a die hard fan. I'm not anymore. It's that simple.


The Historian
The Historian
by Elizabeth Kostova
Edition: Paperback
Price: £7.99

4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Sometimes exceptional, sometimes a disappointment, 15 July 2006
This review is from: The Historian (Paperback)
This was a bit of a strange book in that sometimes it felt exceptionally well written, exciting and quite unnerving but then, at the climax, it almost petered away into nothing. This anti climax seemed an awful shame because,for the most part, I'd been enjoying the book a great deal up 'til then. I think i would have liked to see more of Dracula himself because what the author did give us (through the library etc) was a fascinating beginning but the end felt a little abrupt.A good read though and a recommended library book, although perhaps not a full value bookbuy.


Frenchman's Creek
Frenchman's Creek
by D Du Maurier
Edition: Paperback

7 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Superb!, 26 Dec. 2001
This review is from: Frenchman's Creek (Paperback)
This is a wonderful story, full of romance and intrigue but, as it's Rebecca DM, you always know that, no matter how gritty it may be it will also never become tacky or silly, as some more modern novels do. There is nothing to fear in these books, no matter how thrilling or exciting they become. Read this book!


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