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Random House Word Menu
Random House Word Menu
by Stephen D. Glazier
Edition: Mass Market Paperback

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Indispensable resource for writers of all kind, 7 Sept. 2009
Perhaps I was ignorant - but I simply did not know that these books existed before I read about someone recommending it.

It opened up a new world.

It is not only fascinating to sit and browse, whether on the toilet or at the kitchen table or actively using it to boost your writing, it is absolutely indispensable in the way that it gives you confidence and a sense of power simply by resting on your shelf, ideally placed at arms length from your computer.


The Penguin Dictionary of Symbols (Penguin Dictionaries)
The Penguin Dictionary of Symbols (Penguin Dictionaries)
by Alain Gheerbrant
Edition: Paperback
Price: £15.58

22 of 33 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars A dictionary about sumbols without any pictures of...symbols, 7 Sept. 2009
Perhaps I was a bit hasty in my research about this book, but I was nevertheless dumbfounded to find that this book has no pictures whatsoever about the symbols it sets out to describe.

If it was a word dictionary I would understand this reasoning, but because we are talking about a dictionary about something as visual as symbols, it must count as a criminal act to publish a book without images of them. And it wouldn't have mattered if the images had been kept tiny, the size of a thumb nail in a corner, or as a reference. They are simply essential to this book, and they are not there.

Haven gotten that out of the way, I can now turn to a more positively note and say that the word descriptions of the symbols are excellent. In most types of dictionaries you would appreciate concise writing, but here you welcome the lengthy examinations of each symbol's meaning, history and sometimes lost or hidden meanings.

So all in all it's an OK book. But still upset about the error of leaving the images out.


Water Guns Party Bag Fillers, (Water Pistol) - 4 supplied
Water Guns Party Bag Fillers, (Water Pistol) - 4 supplied
Offered by Papillon Gift orders dispatched within 24Hrs
Price: £3.30

14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Rubbish water pistols, 7 Sept. 2009
They say you get what you pay for, so I should have no reason to complain about this product. But even if you manage to find something at a low price you'd expect the product to work. These water pistols are absolute rubbish, they leak massively and are 100% useless.

PLEASE DO NOT MAKE THE SAME MISTAKE ID DID. DO NOT BUY THEM. THEY ARE 100% RUBBISH PRODUCT AND RUINED MY SON'S BIRTHDAY GAMES.

Hope that was clear enough for any potential buyers out there.
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Grk and the Hot Dog Trail (A Grk Book)
Grk and the Hot Dog Trail (A Grk Book)
by Josh Lacey
Edition: Paperback

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Finally a book series that my son can't stop reading, 7 Sept. 2009
We discovered this book series about the dog Grk and his master Tim by chance, browsing through dozens of online book stores. My son is very choosy with his books and he does not like fantasy, wizardry or magic or basically stories that are too fantastical.

The Grk books ticked all the right boxes, and not only are they well written they also managed to keep my son inspired throughout his entire year 3. The idea of a young boy and his dog solving grown up mysteries on their own to appeals any kid, and I would recommend alternating these books with something a bit more silly, such as Captain Underpants as the Grk books are fairly straight in their storytelling, although compelling.

The Grk books works for mainly boys between 7-10.


The Defining Moment: FDR's Hundred Days and the Triumph of Hope
The Defining Moment: FDR's Hundred Days and the Triumph of Hope
by Jonathan Alter
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £22.96

3.0 out of 5 stars Too detailed account by an author obsessed with his subject, 7 Sept. 2009
The Defining Moment shot to the top of the lists again at the end of 2008 as a result of Barack Obama making it compulsive reading for his new administration. Not only would they all have felt it a too wordy account of this period, but they would also quickly discover that the two historical situations Roosevelt and Obama had to deal with have very few parallels. I think it is not unfair to say that The Great Depression made Roosevelt define himself, whereas the Credit Crunch provided an opportunity for the American People to define themselves for a new generation, by making their choice for president clear.

You will not receive any comparisons or have any parallels drawn between the Great Depression and the Credit Crunch, of course, as this book preceeds the CC by some 80 years, nor will you learn anything about handling major economic crisis by reading this book, but you will definitely learn countless details about Roosevelt's life, as well as his family, friends and foes.

In essence, if you wish to learn more about Roosevelt, and not only his defining days but his life, then this could be the book for you.

If you are truly interested in the Credit Crunch, or the Great Depression, then there are plenty of better books around, such as "Depression Decade: From New Era through New Deal, 1929-1941 by Broadus Mitchell, or The Global Impact of the Great Depression, 1929-1939 by Dietmar Rothermund.


American Gods
American Gods
by Neil Gaiman
Edition: Paperback
Price: £6.99

0 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Imaginative road trip for the American alter ego, 7 Sept. 2009
This review is from: American Gods (Paperback)
I suspect that most people who buy this book are already Gaiman fans. However, I decided to try this without knowing anything about Neil's previous books purely based on the recommendation from a friend, together with the appealing irreverent title. I wasn't sure whether this would be the best first-read choice of all his books, but in the end it was the title and synopsis that convinced me.

It turned out to be a superb choice for entering Neil Gaiman's quirky intellectual world, in which everything you know is re-told in a truly intriguing and compelling way.

Whether you are interested in the mythologisation of the American tradition, or just a great story well told this is the book for you.


BT Studio 1100 Digital Cordless Telephone Twin Pack
BT Studio 1100 Digital Cordless Telephone Twin Pack

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Amazing ergonomical cordless phones, 13 Mar. 2009
The twin set of BT Studio 1100 rest amazingly well in your palm and the keys are equally well designed to the smallest detail. Most phones out there, and I have researched a LOT of them, feel either too long, too cheap or like they have been designed by an alien with three fingers.

Less favourable aspects include the non-illuminated display and the short-ish life of a charged battery.

But they are definitively not good enough reasons for not ordering these right away.


Logitech Cordless Desktop S520
Logitech Cordless Desktop S520

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Finally a well designed and no-nonsense keyboard, 13 Mar. 2009
I was looking for a keyboard that met both the criterias of being well designed aswell as being without superflous details that I would never use but would demand space from my desk.

After a lot of research that also had to meet my tight budget, I ordered the Logitech Cordless Desktop S520 and must confess that it has changed the working environment aswell as the typing sensation for the better. The laser mouse also works brilliantly (but not on black or glass).

Like my previous clunky Dell keyboard, it is also made of plastic, but thanks to its tight and meticulously laid out design it is not clunky, it is very smooth and accurate and takes minimum amount of space, very sleek and slim.

I am very satisfied with my purchase and would recommend anyone out there looking for a new keyboard/mouse without wanting to spend a fortune to order this.


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