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Bring Back Beatrice: 1,108 Baby Names with Meaning, Character, and a Little Bit of Attitude
Bring Back Beatrice: 1,108 Baby Names with Meaning, Character, and a Little Bit of Attitude
by Jennifer Griffin
Edition: Paperback

20 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A great little book, 10 Jun. 2011
As well as being a mother, I'm also a name enthusiast, so I own lots of 'baby name' books. This is, without doubt, already one of my favourites. As someone who prefers names with real meaning, and a rich history, this book was always going to be a winner with me. Too many 'baby name' books have countless trendy, creative, made up and badly spelt names. This book doesn't. It DOES have some of the more modern/trendy names, but Jennifer Goodwin is quick to point out the flaws of such names (i.e. that they'll date quickly), and often suggests one or two not-so-trendy alternatives that are similar in style/flow. Jennifer is keen to point out, that she herself fell victim to 'trendy name syndrome', as Jennifer was hugely popular in the US during the 1970s/80s but has now fallen out of favour. As such, the name has dated quickly, so Jennifer DOES know what she is talking about. The book is aimed at American audiences, as some of the names that Jennifer highlights as deserving to be brought back, are already back in the UK (i.e. Beatrice). However, that aside, this is still a great book for anyone who doesn't want a 'baby name' book filled with thousands upon thousands of trendy/creative/made up/badly spelt names, and instead just wants a book with good, solid names. There is a good selection of names too, such as timeless classic names that are always in style (Elizabeth, Sarah, Charlotte, John, Robert, Alexander), but also names with a history/pedigree that you don't hear much/as much these days (Mabel, Frances, Kezia, Josiah, Edmund, Richard). A great book and I recommend it to any expectant parents and name enthusiasts alike.


CSI: Unsolved (Nintendo DS)
CSI: Unsolved (Nintendo DS)
Offered by rockaway-records
Price: £17.99

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars CSI for the DS - back on track, 7 May 2011
After a promising start with the first CSI DS game (Dark Motives), the second game (Deadly Intent: The Hidden Cases) was a real let down. However, with Unsolved, CSI for the DS is back on track. You really need to think this one through, there is a lot of skill required, and the Interview Room is tough. I've played each case several times now, but I still can't get full marks (I'm getting closer though) in any case, but that's good as it means the game is challenging (unlike in Deadly Intent for DS). I highly recommend this game.


CSI: Crime Scene Investigation - Deadly Intent (Nintendo DS)
CSI: Crime Scene Investigation - Deadly Intent (Nintendo DS)

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Very disappointing, 30 Dec. 2009
I am a huge CSI fan, and usually love the computer games, but this one was a huge disappointment. The clues are easy, it requires no real thought process and took me no time to complete. The stories for each case are good but are let down by the poor game play. For a newcomer to gaming, this game will probably be enjoyable, but to 'experienced' gamers it won't be. Much better to buy the 'CSI Deadly Intent' game for PC (CSI: Crime Scene Investigation - Deadly Intent (PC DVD)), which is vastly different (with different cases), and actually requires skill.


Mahjong Quest Expeditions (Nintendo DS)
Mahjong Quest Expeditions (Nintendo DS)

64 of 64 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best DS games, 24 Mar. 2009
I'm a huge fan of Mahjong, and I've played several gaming versions of it, and none of them have been as good as this one. If you're new to Mahjong then the easy puzzles are excellent starting point - they're not so easy that they're not a challenge - but they're not so challenging that it'll put you off. If you're a keen Mahjong player (like me) the tough puzzles will keep you challenged for a long time, because even when you've completed them, you then want to go back and better your times. Then when you've bettered your times, you want to make them even better, and so it goes on!

A great game that will keep you occupied for hours and hours and hours... you get the idea!


The Brilliant Book of Baby Names: What's Best, What's Hot and What's Not
The Brilliant Book of Baby Names: What's Best, What's Hot and What's Not
by Pamela Redmond Satran
Edition: Paperback
Price: £7.78

15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars There are some real hidden gems in this book..., 31 Aug. 2007
On the whole this is a good baby name book, crammed full of names from varying origins, and therefore suits every naming style. I don't think any parent will struggle to find the 'perfect' name in this book as there is something for everyone.

From a personal point of view, I was looking for a rare name for my impending arrival, but I still wanted a name with a genuine origin/meaning as I'm not a fan of modern creations. I found some real gems in this book that matched my criteria perfectly.

My only gripe with the book, is that as it has been compiled by two American authors, there are many boy names which are labelled as being "unisex" which clearly are anything but. In America, it's very popular to use masculine names on girls, and that is clearly shown by the authors' suggesting that names such as Peter and Ian (!!) could be used on girls. It's a trend I think would be best avoided here in the UK and I hope very few people take notice of these laughable suggestions.

However, the "unisex" name thing aside, this is a good book full of naming ideas and inspiration.


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