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Sicily: A Short History, from the Greeks to Cosa Nostra
Sicily: A Short History, from the Greeks to Cosa Nostra
Price: £7.49

1 of 3 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Overinclusive and rambling, 14 Mar. 2017
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Although this book has some fascinating bits, it frequently digresses into long, detailed descriptions of events which only tangentially affected Sicily, if at all. A brief description of the politics on the continent would have sufficed and made it less confusing. Conversely, there is practically no information whatsoever on the Islamic period in Sicilian history. The author makes much of the cultural melting pot on the island and the importance of the Muslim presence, but his coverage of this period is barely more than a sentence saying "The Muslims ruled the island for a while." His detailed description of of the many Bourbon rulers and their cohorts, while providing some interesting personalities, could have been edited down to make space for a much more balanced coverage of all the island's history.
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Investing Demystified: How to Invest Without Speculation and Sleepless Nights (Financial Times Series)
Investing Demystified: How to Invest Without Speculation and Sleepless Nights (Financial Times Series)
Price: £14.39

2.0 out of 5 stars Could be 100 pages shorter., 26 Dec. 2016
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The basic advice in this book is sound but it is repetitive and overly long. It also uses a lot of financial jargon which makes it heavy going for the average reader.


Pink Butterfly Diary Children's Lockable Secret Journal
Pink Butterfly Diary Children's Lockable Secret Journal
Offered by Checkpoint24 - always a good deal
Price: £10.95

1.0 out of 5 stars poor quality lock system, 9 July 2016
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Key did not work in the lock. Faulty lock from the start.


Beautiful Fairy & Butterfly Kids Secret Diary (Lockable Diary With Padlock & Keys) Pink Glittery Kids Diary - Lucy Locket
Beautiful Fairy & Butterfly Kids Secret Diary (Lockable Diary With Padlock & Keys) Pink Glittery Kids Diary - Lucy Locket

1.0 out of 5 stars Broken lock on first use, 9 July 2016
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Lock broke literally on first use.
Diary pretty
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Kentucky [Limited Edition - CD + DVD]
Kentucky [Limited Edition - CD + DVD]
Price: £9.99

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Welcome Return to Form!, 1 Jun. 2016
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If you found Magic Mountain to be overproduced and sounding like a band just trying too hard then you will love this album. The production is rich but still raw and this is much more like the Black Stone Cherry of Folklore & Superstition. The songs are really strong and there are no weak tracks on the record. They even manage to do funky while still sounding unmistakably Black Stone Cherry on War and Soul Machine. And Shakin' My Cage may be their best song yet!

The accompanying DVD has some dull bits but is still worth watching to gain an insight into the band's history and the process of making the album.


Brimstone and Blue
Brimstone and Blue
Offered by Books-and-Sounds
Price: £11.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Engaging and clever folk., 1 April 2016
This review is from: Brimstone and Blue (Audio CD)
This album deserves to be more widely heard. The tunes are catchy and addictive and their strength is demonstrated by the fact that they are so engaging despite the simple, stripped down arrangements. But what really impresses are the lyrics - they are remarkably clever and witty. Stonier writes with the poetry of Dylan and the humour of a folky David Lee Roth. Yet his lyrics and delivery are very English and full astute observations about life. You really feel you can relate to him and the stories his songs tell. All in all an outstanding album.


Berlitz: Venice Pocket Guide (Berlitz Pocket Guides)
Berlitz: Venice Pocket Guide (Berlitz Pocket Guides)
by Robert Ullian
Edition: Paperback

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Don't ruin your holiday - buy a different book., 26 Oct. 2015
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Although this is a pocket guide and one wouldn't expect much detail, one would at least expect some basic information such as how to navigate the waterbuses and where to buy tickets for them. We spent three days in Venice with the kids and honestly did not find a single useful thing in this book. It gave no practical information about getting around, tipping at restaurants etc. and the information on the sights was so sparse that you could get more off Trip Advisor. When we got home it went straight into recycling. Maybe the paper can be used to make a decent book one day...


Raising Kids to Love Being Jewish
Raising Kids to Love Being Jewish
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3.0 out of 5 stars Sweet but a bit basic, 3 May 2014
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It's hard not to like this book as the author is clearly an open minded individual. He stresses that there are no absolutely right or wrong ways of doing things. He is clear about the importance of embracing Judaism yourself if you want your kids to do the same. However, the practical advice he gives is all really obvious and it is unlikely that many readers won't have figured these things out for themselves. For example he encourages you to observe the festivals, have Jewish art in your home, consider a Jewish school or summer camp etc. It's a quick and easy read but it won't give you very many new ideas. It's also worth noting that the discussion about schools is very geared to an American audience.


Little Owl's Book of Thinking: An Introduction to Thinking Skills (The Independent Thinking Series)
Little Owl's Book of Thinking: An Introduction to Thinking Skills (The Independent Thinking Series)
Price: £5.69

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Don't waste your time or money, 13 Jan. 2014
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I can only imagine that the other reviewers are friends of the author as there is no other explanantion for their glowing reviews of what is a very poor book. If this book had any substance one might be able to look past the incessant weak jokes and bad puns that add nothing to the book and will have you thoroughly irritated by the end of the first chapter. Unfortunately, enduring the juvenile writing does not lead one to any insights at all. The "lessons" of this book are so basic that no parent, educator or school age child doesn't already know them. They may be new to a very small child but the storyline, such as it is, is so hidden in the mass of unnecessary jokes and asides that a small child would not be able to follow it.

If you feel like reading a book's worth of bad Christmas cracker jokes to learn things you undoubtedly already know, then maybe this book is for you. But if you are looking for a book that will teach you, or a child, to improve your thinking skills then there are surely better resources than this!


The Millionaire Next Door
The Millionaire Next Door
Price: £8.01

1 of 3 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Waffle, 13 Oct. 2013
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The idea behind this book is interesting enough but could be summed up in a single page. Essentially, the people who become wealthy do so through prudent spending rather than by earning big salaries. Many of the people who have big houses, expensive cars etc are not really wealthy but are living beyond their means. That is the entire substance of the book. The rest of the book is repetitive case studies labouring the same point over and over again.


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