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A. M. Smithwhite "Amba Smithwhyte" (Paignton, Devon, UK)
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How I Write: Secrets of a Bestselling Author
How I Write: Secrets of a Bestselling Author
by Janet Evanovich
Edition: Paperback

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Having read all the Plum novels was very happy that this book on how she writes was available ..., 26 July 2015
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I adore the Stephanie Plum character and her Trenton, New Jersey world - as depicted by Janet Evanovitch. Having read all the Plum novels was very happy that this book on how she writes was available to read and learn from a master craftswoman.


Astro-characters: A writers guide to creating compelling fictional characters with the signs of zodiac
Astro-characters: A writers guide to creating compelling fictional characters with the signs of zodiac
by Judy Hall
Edition: Paperback
Price: £11.99

1.0 out of 5 stars Get a Good Astrologer to do a Rewrite, 23 Jan. 2015
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Very mundane assessment of the 12 signs and very unfair on Aries - all the Arians in my life (including two cats born under the sign of the ram) and my brother and second husband are all very sensitive, loyal and great companions. Superficial sketches and not at all what I was expecting or wanting in a book of this ilk. Better off sticking to Jonathan Cainer's assessment of the signs of the zodiac. I thought this woman was supposed to be a good astrologer? I have not studied astrology that deeply but I know some that have - and she is way out in her profiles. Good writers don't need to refer to this book - the characterisation is faulty and they'd best choose their own. Waste of money to buy this book - borrow it from a library - worth reading if only to laugh at the shallowness and non-authentic physical descriptions. My best friend is an Aries and at 4' 11'' she is far from rangy, or thin with long legs. These are types NOT star signs!


The Humans Who Went Extinct: Why Neanderthals died out and we survived
The Humans Who Went Extinct: Why Neanderthals died out and we survived
by Clive Finlayson
Edition: Paperback
Price: £9.98

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4.0 out of 5 stars Gibraltar Neanderthal Site important, 15 Sept. 2014
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Again, a title which does not exactly explain why they went extinct?! Too much monkey business - WE DID NOT evolve from apes - we have similar DNA but we are a different species with an immortal soul each. However, he knows his stuff about the cave and site of Neanderthal residence in Gibraltar - which is of interest but not cover other parts of their story back in the day (thousands of years ago).
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The Dream Culture of the Neanderthals: Guardians of the Ancient Wisdom
The Dream Culture of the Neanderthals: Guardians of the Ancient Wisdom
by Stan Gooch
Edition: Paperback
Price: £14.99

4.0 out of 5 stars DNA - Does Not Allow for new evidence, 15 Sept. 2014
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All right but a bit disappointed as it fails to go in-depth about the Dream Culture of the Neanderthals as I expected it to concentrate on.
Understandably, it was written some time ago, BEFORE the latest findings on white Europeans having four per cent of Neanderthal DNA and also the teeth/jaws findings of the Christian Dentist from USA who has discovered that the N's lived for 300 years and not just an average of 30 years! Some bright spark researcher /writer needs to amalgamate all the findings into one book that defines the N's as they really were and then we wouldn't need to buy three or four books just to get all the relevant information.
Obviously not Gooch's fault as he did not have all the facts when he wrote this book. Especially as he writes that folk from Africa and Asia have Neanderthal DNA - when latest research says that they do NOT!


BURIED ALIVE PB
BURIED ALIVE PB
by CUOZZO
Edition: Paperback
Price: £11.41

3.0 out of 5 stars Neanderthals Dental remains - 190 years for teeth to mature, 7 Aug. 2014
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Would have been more believable and interesting if all the Bible references had been omitted from the offset. What intelligent person these days would give any credence to a book written with such bias by old, disgruntled men who had no real regard for women? Don't see the relevance of the title, nor the piecemeal way the book has been thrown together. The point of interest was the diagrams and photos of jaws and teeth and head shapes of Neanderthal remains. Rather disappointed in the author becoming religiously side-tracked.
Surely if the Neanderthals were all singing, all dancing, herbalists who were both spiritually aware and able to live up to 300 years and not just the thirty years we have been told, then he needs to make a better case for their true importance on these planet. See the youtube film about the Carpathian Sphinx (Romania) and how the Neanderthals gave performances to a natural forming auditorium - from the 'stage' on the flat-top of the nearby rocky escarpment. The author wasted an opportunity to write a very memorable and truly educational book. He maybe a talented dentist and researcher but he is not a natural writer! TEDIOUS!


Two Lives
Two Lives
by Vikram Seth
Edition: Paperback
Price: £12.08

0 of 6 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Two Lives I'm not at all interested in reading about!, 27 July 2013
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Autobiographies and Biographies have always interested me, so I've read many during the past 50 years. I've read about Dickens, D H Lawrence, Alan Bennett, Fay Weldon, Jane Austen and many more. So I was very disappointed to read this one, which came so well recommended - by whom I cannot recall.
This has to be the most tedious, uninspiring, yawn-making biographies about two very obscure and unattractive peoples it has ever been my misfortune to read! In fact I only read the first half and skipped/ skimmed the second half which did not improve. Why do you think anyone (about from some Indians and some Germans) would be interested in reading about a short, one-armed, Asian dentist and his tall, plain, German wife? Had Seth run out of topics to write about? He is an excellent writer, his use of our beautiful English language is second to none, however, he needs to find something really thought-provoking and interesting to write about in future!


Nature Cure
Nature Cure
by Richard Mabey
Edition: Paperback
Price: £9.48

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Nature Cure - depression lifted in flat Norfolk, 27 July 2013
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Richard Mabey has a breakdown and then moves from middle England shires to the flatlands of East Anglia and by some odd quirk of nature finds his spirits uplifted. Good non-fiction read, beautiful prose and interesting facts about birds etc. Short book, easy read - quite uplifting all round.


An Uncommon Enemy
An Uncommon Enemy
by Michelle Black
Edition: Hardcover

5.0 out of 5 stars An Uncommon Adversary /Enemy, 27 July 2013
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Michelle Black is a fine writer with a lovely style and her characters are three dimensional because of her skill at bringing them to life. I enjoyed this novel because of the interesting narrative about Native Americans and how they fare under the relentlessly injustices put upon them by the greedy Whites.
Dances With Wolves and Soldier Blue are both great films depicting life in the 19th century West and how it was for the long suffering First Nation. Bury My Heart At Wounded Knee by Dee Brown is a non-fiction book telling the true story of all the broken treaties - broken always by the white men who strove to steal all the land and mineral rights from the aboriginal peoples. This novel and its sequel, Solomon Spring, tell the story of a white woman who's lived with a tribe and found loving kindness with them.


Solomon Spring
Solomon Spring
by Michelle Black
Edition: Hardcover

5.0 out of 5 stars Spring sacred to Native Americans, stolen by the whiteman, 27 July 2013
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This review is from: Solomon Spring (Hardcover)
If you are interested in Native Americans, and I am (sure I was one in a much earlier life) this is a great story, told well by a clever writer. As it was the sequel to An Uncommon Enemy, which is also a good story of 19th century West, it is a must - although both novels can stand alone and be read without having to read each of them to get the characters' motives etc.


Behold a Pale Horse
Behold a Pale Horse
by Milton William Cooper
Edition: Paperback
Price: £18.21

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Milton Wm 'BILL' Cooper not a natural writer, 3 Dec. 2012
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Thankful to Bill Cooper for putting this together and getting the information out there for those who are able to take it on board and use it for the good of all mankind and Gaia - our lovely planet Earth.
However, it is very poorly written, he should have got a real writer to take it on and present it and it could then have gone mainstream. Very bitty and all over the place, too much documentation photocopied up and taking up all the second half of the book. He needed a good editor. Unfortunately Bill is now dead. There were three attempts on his life of which we know about, from him. The first one he was slightly injured when his car was nudged off a highway and down a hillside. The second time he lost a leg. The third one outside his property, on his land, he was shot to death.
RIP Milton William 'Bill' Cooper with grateful thanks that a kindly soul like you was with us here for a while. God Bless.


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