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Death in the Deauville (The DS Mary Miller Mysteries Book 2)
Death in the Deauville (The DS Mary Miller Mysteries Book 2)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Even better than the first in the series, 8 Mar. 2016
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This is the second outing for DS Mary Miller, and if anything it's even better than the first. Weston-Super-Mere may not sound like an obvious location for a crime series, but the author clearly knows the town well and populates it with an assortment of characters that, though colourful and eccentric, remain convincing. As with the first book, the plot is complex but consistent, and unfolds nicely right through to the climax. The author is clearly getting into his stride, and I can heartily recommend this to anyone who enjoys the likes of Ann Cleeves or Peter Robinson.


Hummingbird Futures: Stories of Magic and Machines
Hummingbird Futures: Stories of Magic and Machines
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5.0 out of 5 stars Packed with ideas, 21 Jun. 2015
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Packed with sentences that sparkle with ideas as they explore the singularity, genetic engineering and nano technologies with a generous helping of humour, to say nothing of talking gorillas and hummingbirds that read the future. Great fun.


The Bodies in the Beach (The DS Mary Miller Mysteries Book 1)
The Bodies in the Beach (The DS Mary Miller Mysteries Book 1)
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A rattling good read, 1 Dec. 2013
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An excellent thriller with a strength of plot and characterisation unusual in a first novel. Reminiscent of Rankin, but instead of Edinburgh you get Weston-super-Mare, brought to life with its muddy beaches and seedy pavilions; and instead of Rebus you get DS Mary Miller, balancing the tensions of local immigration and international crime against the politics of modern policing. Add to the mix Michael Slade, the supermarket checkout attendant with the super-high IQ, and it makes for a rattling good read that keeps you involved to its suitably satisfying conclusion. Can't wait for the sequel!
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WD My Passport 500GB Portable Hard Drive - White
WD My Passport 500GB Portable Hard Drive - White
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Slows your computer down - even when not connected, 4 Oct. 2012
I bought one of these some time ago and it did work but the continuous backup slowed my machine down badly so I disconnected the drive, only connecting it again one evening a week so it would backup overnight. That seemed fine, but my computer still seemed to run slowly - even though the disk was not attached and its software not running. Eventually I realised that it must have installed some sort of device driver that was hindering the action of the Windows driver, and so I uninstalled altogether. It worked - the computer now runs much quicker. I now use the drive as a backup device under Windows Backup, and it works fine. So, nice drive, shame about the software!


The Yellow Birds: A Novel
The Yellow Birds: A Novel
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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful and profoundly disturbing, 16 Sept. 2012
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Apparently Kevin Powers wrote this as a way of answering the question he was so often asked about his time serving in Iraq, "So what was it like?" I've never served in the armed forces, or experienced warfare of any kind, but I think that Powers' book comes as close as anyone can to describing what a truly traumatic and life-shattering experience it is, and how little help those who have served in such wars receive. A truly beautiful and profoundly disturbing read.


When I Lived In Modern Times
When I Lived In Modern Times
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent perspective on the Middle East, 25 Jun. 2012
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By writing a novel set at the beginning of the Israeli state, immediately after WWII, from the perspective of a young Jewish woman full of hope for the future, Linda Grant manages to highlight many of the issues that have caused such strife through the 20th century in a way that allows us to understand the behaviour of all involved.


A Dark Redemption (Carrigan & Miller Book 1)
A Dark Redemption (Carrigan & Miller Book 1)
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent thriller, 25 Jun. 2012
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Best thriller I've read for a long time. Engaging protagonists and a highly relevant story line revolving around the Lord's Resistance Army in northern Uganda, and how the effects of such outrages can make themselves felt here. Highly recommended.


The Quiet War
The Quiet War
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3.0 out of 5 stars Hard SF but lacking in soul, 28 April 2012
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This review is from: The Quiet War (Kindle Edition)
As hard-core SF the science in this is extremely imaginative and thoroughly covered - to the extent that some paragraphs could be cut from a bio/nano engineering manual from the future. The characterisation is fairly good, and the politics consistent if not particularly imaginative. However the writing is a little staid and lacking in the humour and virtuosity of other writers in this genre.


The Bridge: A Journey Between Orient and Occident
The Bridge: A Journey Between Orient and Occident
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A gentle introduction to Istanbul, 28 April 2012
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Before visiting Istanbul for the first time, I read a number of books about the city, and this proved the most evocative and - for me - most meaningful. Centred on the Galata Bridge that spans the Golden Horn, the author uses the lives of its mostly poor and sometimes desperate inhabitants to tell the story of the city, both ancient and modern. Beautifully written.


Arc 1.1: The Future Always Wins
Arc 1.1: The Future Always Wins
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5 of 8 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Not inspired, 7 April 2012
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I was really quite dissapointed with this collection, particularly having just finished reading the latest edition of Azimov's science fiction magazine, and given the high profile names that have contributed to Arc 1.1. Not only is the Azimov magazine much cheaper than Arc, the stories are also far better, both in ideas and style.
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