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Merrell Norsehund Omega, Men's Lace-Up Trekking and Hiking Boots - Merrell Stone, 11 UK
Merrell Norsehund Omega, Men's Lace-Up Trekking and Hiking Boots - Merrell Stone, 11 UK
Price: £100.00

3.0 out of 5 stars Weren't for me., 28 April 2016
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Didn't buy in the end, as found them really too warm. Imagine they are great for deepest winter walking, but any other time of year, within 5 minutes of having them on you'll find your feet are super hot. They were unbearable for me. Shame as very well made, look good if a little bulky, comfortable in other respects (though buy a size up).


The Insect Farm
The Insect Farm
by Stuart Prebble
Edition: Paperback
Price: £7.99

2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars A dull storyboard for a not yet commissioned tea time drama., 5 Feb. 2016
This review is from: The Insect Farm (Paperback)
When reading 5 star reviews on Amazon it's worth taking a moment to think about the writing style, the vocabulary, the expression of the reviewer. There's one other one star review so far which is articulate and thoughtfully expressed, amongst a whole batch of gushy, simplistic, easily pleased 5 stars.
There was something so bland, so deadening, so unemotional about the writing in this book, I almost thought it was intentional, to try to convey an emotionless protagonist. But the single tone throughout suggests it was really the shortcomings of the author. He does rather write like it's a storyboard, very obviously, very precisely - this happened, and then this happened, and then I said this and they said that and so on. I too skipped over sections, happy in the knowledge there were no great lines or interesting turns of phrase or description that I might miss. There was no real shock or horror in what should be a gruesome story, no passion or explicitness in the sex, or the violence. Maybe it was just a plot for a prime time ITV series.


The Dying Light
The Dying Light
by Henry Porter
Edition: Paperback
Price: £9.99

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Really rather good, 6 Jan. 2011
This review is from: The Dying Light (Paperback)
It's not Le Carre, but it's a very good thriller nonetheless. Really worth a read, not just for the fact it takes an extablished piece of scary Government policy and runs with it for full effect, but also it's gripping, believable, with interesting characters. Really good stuff.


Bloco Dragons and Reptiles
Bloco Dragons and Reptiles
Price: £19.99

6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing, 6 Jan. 2011
This review is from: Bloco Dragons and Reptiles (Toy)
This was bought for my 5 year old son, and it turned out to be a pretty disappointing present. The major flaw is that the pieces just do not stay together. It seemed to us such a flimsy material with an unstable way of interlocking that it was tricky to put together without it falling apart. When we finally completed the dragon, that would break up as soon as we moved it.


Journeys in the Dead Season
Journeys in the Dead Season
by Spencer Jordan
Edition: Paperback

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Why bother?, 14 July 2010
I don't really see why someone would bother writing this book, when Lolita and John Fowles' The Collector already exist. Doesn't seem to add anything new, and was pretty generic in its view of an abduction. The comparison the blurb makes with Ishiguro etc is ridiculous; the digressions on horticulture and fungi etc seem to me to be padding, and it sounds like I was like many reviewers in skipping over these bits. Which you realise leaves you with pretty slim, simplistic pickings...


The Tale of Jack Frost
The Tale of Jack Frost
by David Melling
Edition: Paperback

0 of 3 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Difficult to follow, 27 April 2009
This review is from: The Tale of Jack Frost (Paperback)
A really confusing book, where clearly the skill is in the drawing and not the writing. Though even the drawing is a bit too fancy for its own good and doesn't help understanding what is going on. The story doesn't flow very well, it's hard to follow and is unrewarding to read aloud. Try the Little Red Train stories for a better combination of story and words.
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Man in the Dark
Man in the Dark
by Paul Auster
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £14.99

1 of 4 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Lazy, 28 Oct. 2008
This review is from: Man in the Dark (Hardcover)
Auster never writes badly, but this is a lazy lazy book. The first half is an ambling, pointless collection of stories that go nowhere. It's like he's shoehorned bits of writing in from elsewhere and no editor has said "hang on, what's the point of this?" The conceit of the novel that here is a man creating a dream/story to keep him from thinking of terrible memories runs out of steam very quickly and Auster seems to just end it abruptly when it's clear it's a blind alley. The idea that he somehow creates an alternative reality, a world without the 9/11 attacks is nonsense. Towards the end of the book that are flashes of quite moving and affective prose, but that's not much to say for a very disappointing book.


Essential Study Skills: The Complete Guide to Success at University (Second Edition) (SAGE Study Skills Series)
Essential Study Skills: The Complete Guide to Success at University (Second Edition) (SAGE Study Skills Series)
by Tom Burns
Edition: Paperback

7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very useful, 22 Sept. 2008
I'm not a student, but have been using this book at work. Lots of very useful tips and strategies - I really like the note-taking section, which makes you think of a better way to take notes - so that not only do you not forget everything from a meeting or presentation, you seem to come away with much better knowledge of the key points.


Monster Love
Monster Love
by Carol Topolski
Edition: Paperback
Price: £12.99

5 of 8 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars No redeeming qualities, 17 Sept. 2008
This review is from: Monster Love (Paperback)
I think it's just an unnecessarily gruesome book, with no redeeming qualities to make it worthy. There's no great difference or insight in the different viewpoints in the book, nor any particularly interesting or stylish writing. It's just too calculated in its intention to shock.


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