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Texting Orwell
Texting Orwell
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5.0 out of 5 stars Very British fun, 23 Feb. 2013
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Odd, i thought i already reviewed this. OK, I loved the characters, who were far from stereotyped and were endearing and very human. Their touching romance evoked many a laugh as they bumbled along. The text messages they sent were true to life as was the endless prevarication over whether to send a specific message and what would be read into by the recipient. I'm very much looking forward to reading the next one.


Dark Winter
Dark Winter
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4.0 out of 5 stars thoroughly enjoyable - bring on the next in series, 23 Feb. 2013
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An interesting new detective, another city to explore in depth, well drawn characters, an excellent plot. The ending was a bit rushed for me, but otherwise I thoroughly enjoyed the book.


Hide and Seek
Hide and Seek
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3.0 out of 5 stars excellent book let down by the need for proper editing, 22 Feb. 2013
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This is an original and well told story with a strong sense of place and a totally unexpected ending. It does, however, need editing. There are grammatical errors, frequent repetition of the same word within a paragraph and the improbability that police helicopters and heat tracking devices wouldn't have been used. Having said all that, the book is gripping and had me riveted and wanting to find out what was going to happen, so that i read it compulsively till I'd finished it.


The Chessmen (The Lewis Trilogy Book 3)
The Chessmen (The Lewis Trilogy Book 3)
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5.0 out of 5 stars the last in this superb trilogy, 22 Feb. 2013
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For me, the middle of the three books is the best, outstanding, one of the best books I've ever read. This last of the series is still an excellent book, beautifully and lyrically written, with the same superb sense of time and place as was experienced in the other two books. Nothing is taken for granted, nothing is predictable or hackneyed. The island of Lewis and its people are painted with a fine brush in vivid detail. The plot keeps you guessing and the pace is both leisurely, in keeping with the pace of life of the islands, and punishing as the story unfolds and events stream past.


Catherine Lansfield Stars and Stripes Double Bed Duvet Set
Catherine Lansfield Stars and Stripes Double Bed Duvet Set
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars love it, 22 Feb. 2013
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Crisp, beautiful design and well made. Not exactly the same colour as the pictures, but still really nice quality. It's called stars and stripes, but don't be scared you'll be sleeping under the American flag, the design is an interpretation not an exact copy.


The Chemickal Marriage (Dream Eaters Book 3)
The Chemickal Marriage (Dream Eaters Book 3)
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4.0 out of 5 stars another ripping yarn, 22 Feb. 2013
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Not as good as the original in the trilogy, The Glass Book of the Dream Eaters (which was outstanding) but much better than the middle book and hugely enjoyable.


COA NON-PULL HARNESS BLACK Medium
COA NON-PULL HARNESS BLACK Medium
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5.0 out of 5 stars Does the job, 22 Feb. 2013
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We have two dogs, a Saluki lurcher and a border collie/arctic dog cross. The lurcher doesn't pull at all, but the collie/arctic mix has massive shoulders and really puts his whole strength into pulling. No amount of training has made any difference, it just seems to be in his nature to pull. I've tried other harnesses, all of which have been better than attaching a lead to his collar, but none of which have been ideal. Till the Non-Pull harness. It takes a couple of goes to get the hang of putting it on as you don't undo any fastenings, it just slips over the head then you feed the legs through (it looks like a hernia truss!), but once fitted it seems to work like magic. He now walks by my side without me having to put him there, his head is up, ears pricked, but he's relaxed and comfortable. Honestly, from the first fitting, he hasn't pulled once. The only downside is he's at the limit of the medium size because his neck and shoulders are so strong and thick (even though he's otherwise only collie size), but the next size up is for much bigger dogs - luckily the harness just fits. It's also very comfortable for him off lead, it isn't too tight but it doesn't snag on things or slip off. I'll definitely be replacing the harness when this one wears out.


Brief Encounter [Blu-ray]
Brief Encounter [Blu-ray]
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5.0 out of 5 stars altogether a treat, 1 Feb. 2013
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Brief encounter is a cinematic masterpiece, so visually beautiful, and it's lovely to see it on Blu-ray. The blacks are more positive and the tonal range is better than the DVD version and everything is crisper and more alive.

As for the story itself, it's superbly acted, sad and has many more layers of meaning and emotion than is apparent first time you watch the film.


Steps to Heaven (A Sgt Major Crane crime thriller Book 1)
Steps to Heaven (A Sgt Major Crane crime thriller Book 1)

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5.0 out of 5 stars a brilliant series to get stuck into, 17 Jan. 2013
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I'm so glad I looked at this book. I saw it on twitter and thought the idea was original, so read the blurb and decided to give it a try. I was gripped all the way through. Part of this was the familiarity of the services background (I was brought up on RAF bases) but that was a small part of my reason for enjoying the book. It's written in a no nonsense style which is, none the less, descriptive enough to set the various scenes and portray the characters well. At first I found the use of the present tense strange for the genre, but i soon adapted and found myself caught up in the storyline and the twists and turns of the plot. A thoroughly enjoyable piece of writing with a tough but sensitive hero and a wealth of depth and excitement. I'm thrilled it's part of a series.


Swimming Upstream (The Swimming Upstream Series Book 1)
Swimming Upstream (The Swimming Upstream Series Book 1)
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4.0 out of 5 stars engrossing, 10 Jan. 2013
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This is an unusual book and, in many ways, a sad one, exploring as it does the angst and dissatisfaction of life and relationships in what was quite a brittle era. The portrayal of bi polar personality is interesting as is the issue of control and domestic violence. Within the dramas of the book, the characters often seem adrift, moving from one situation to another in that hapless way that many of us do/did to some extent in our 20s. Although there is humour in the writing, their is poignancy and melancholy too. One cannot help but become deeply involved with the characters as they move through their various situations. How they resolve their personal entanglements makes for absorbing reading.

Because the dialogue is a little awkward in places and the book seems, to me, to be a tad over polished, I haven't given it five stars - but don't let that put you off reading what is an engrossing and well written book.


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