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Dartmoor (Collins New Naturalist Library, Book 111)
Dartmoor (Collins New Naturalist Library, Book 111)
by Ian Mercer
Edition: Hardcover

0 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Terrific!, 5 Mar. 2014
Only a pedant could read this book and point out the typos. This is an outstanding book: heavy, beautiful binding, high quality paper. It's bang up to date, and is the definitive guide to understanding Dartmoor in the 21st century. It makes a terrific companion to the earlier New Naturalist for Dartmoor, so get a copy of both. I've lived on the moor for over ten years: this book continues to aid my understanding of the geology, flora and fauna etc.
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The Old Man and the Sea
The Old Man and the Sea
by Ernest Hemingway
Edition: Paperback

1 of 10 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars The Old Man and the Sea...oh, And a Very Big Fish, 10 Feb. 2012
And that's all, Folks! Really, terrifically dull.

Rather like 'The Discovery of Slowness' (Nadolny) but without the frantic pace. If you want a short, pithy beautifully written tale, try The Man Who Planted Trees (Giono).


Collapse Into Now: Special Edition Digipack
Collapse Into Now: Special Edition Digipack
Offered by Side Two
Price: £7.50

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Sweetness follows, 30 Mar. 2011
I've been buying REM albums on release since Out of Time, over 20 years ago. And since Around the Sun (one star because zero would be mean) it's been with increasing trepidation. Accelerate was a return to some sort of form, but didn't quite convince, but Hey! this is the real deal. A fine album. Vibrant. Yes, it sounds like REM (It's why you're thinking of buying it), but this is no self-parody. The tricky 15th album is a success. Enjoy.


The King of Limbs
The King of Limbs
Price: £5.99

4 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Lies, damned lies, 30 Mar. 2011
This review is from: The King of Limbs (Audio CD)
3.5 stars? Some mistake surely? Is it worth more - I'll come to that. But first, a look at those stats. Mean is a poor average to take: it includes the outliers - of which Radiohead has many. You'll always get those (alleged) fans who feel frustrated and award them a one; and those who will give 5 stars regardless of artistic merit. So, let's exise them: the median for this album is a healthy 4, which matches the mode. Is it worth a 4? Yes, I think so. It's modern, cultured, just that bit different but with the Radiohead marque. This is a fine album: not immediately accessible - the second half leaps out at first listen. But after a couple of plays through, the first half comes out of its shell. The album follows on from where In Rainbows disc 2 left off. Gentle, experimental but just a bit of edge. Just what you'd expect. Real fans won't be disappointed.


devolo dLAN duo (HomePlug) Starter Kit - Ethernet or USB
devolo dLAN duo (HomePlug) Starter Kit - Ethernet or USB

5.0 out of 5 stars Works with Sony Bravia!, 10 Feb. 2011
I bought this specifically to run iPlayer etc. through my Sony Bravia (KDL32EX503U LCD HD 1080p Television, 32 inch with Built-in Freeview HD) - and I'm pleased to say it works perfectly. Works immediately right out of the box: the TV does all the work for you in seconds. Also, I've had no problem running it through extension cables at both ends ie, no direct mains socket. I've tried it through a fuse box and it doesn't work for me. Haven't yet tried it with the XBox, but see no reason why this won't work. I'll place an update if there's any issue.


Lost For Words: The Mangling and Manipulating of the English Language
Lost For Words: The Mangling and Manipulating of the English Language
by John Humphrys
Edition: Paperback
Price: £10.99

4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars 1946, 7 Feb. 2011
In 1946, Orwell launched his essay 'Politics and the English Language' with the words:
'Most people who bother with the matter at all would admit that the English language is in a bad way'.
Familiar territory then. But while Orwell gave us a little over 5,000 words, Mr Humphreys has spun his message out to 330 pages.
Orwell even provides a 90 word summary:
(i) Never use a metaphor, simile, or other figure of speech which you are used to seeing in print.
(ii) Never us a long word where a short one will do.
(iii) If it is possible to cut a word out, always cut it out.
(iv) Never use the passive where you can use the active.
(v) Never use a foreign phrase, a scientific word, or a jargon word if you can think of an everyday English equivalent.
(vi) Break any of these rules sooner than say anything outright barbarous.
Mr Humphreys, (iii) is good!!


The Fire Gospel
The Fire Gospel
by Michel Faber
Edition: Hardcover

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Better than Brown - but not much, 8 Sept. 2009
This review is from: The Fire Gospel (Hardcover)
Dreary.

If you've read Crimson Petal and were looking for something of equal quality, you'll be disappointed: if you're look for an introduction to Faber's work, go there first - and don't come back! CP is thoroughly involving and show's what Faber can do.

Reminded me a lot of Irving Wallace's 'The Word' which I read when I was in my teens (first qualification) and thought was great. Ended up as a TV mini-series (second qualification) with David Janssen, but trust me, the book is very thought provoking.

Which The Fire Gospel is not.

Avoid.


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