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A Wanted Man (Jack Reacher 17)
A Wanted Man (Jack Reacher 17)
by Lee Child
Edition: Paperback
Price: £5.59

2.0 out of 5 stars The Old Reacher Is The Wanted Man, 18 July 2013
Having read all the other Reachers, I was looking forward to this immensely.
But i'm afraid to say it's rubbish, just rubbish.

I still have no idea what was going on, what all that was about. Reacher sat in a car for most of the book heading backwards and forwards, talking a lot (usually, 'Reacher says nothing'), thinking about things, people, places.

There was minimal hustling, looping around things, beatings, fights. One opportunity presented itself in a diner, but never happened. That summed up the book. There were a couple of perfunctory mentions of parabellums, but his heart wasn't in it.

The usual A-Team ending, fighting the baddies with whatever weapons and people he could cobble together, was confusing and involved a lot of doors and some shooting.

This book starts well, like all Reacher books. Then they get a bit 'to-ey and fro-ey' after the first 100 pages but you normally have a sense of mischief but ultimately payback and revenge at the end of it all. There was just no attempt in this book to vary the action (such as it was), just a lot of debating about who was who until it reached such a stage that i didn't even know who I was at the end!

For all Reacher fans, i would avoid this one, and hope the next one is back on form.
I couldn't wait to finish it, it was hard work.
But it gets two stars because it's Reacher.

Elastoplast Invisible Protection Assorted Plasters
Elastoplast Invisible Protection Assorted Plasters
Offered by Direct Pharmacy
Price: £4.15

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Absolute Rubbish, 16 May 2013
Says its benefits are 'a transparent plaster as normal plasters can look unsightly'

Well, guess what, a transparent plaster showing a big cut ir graze or scab underneath to the whole world is even more unsightly.

They have a complicated 3 step sticking system which is completely pointless.
At the end of which, they dont even stick.

The Dead Tracks
The Dead Tracks
by Tim Weaver
Edition: Paperback

3.0 out of 5 stars Lots In Its Favour, 2 April 2013
This review is from: The Dead Tracks (Paperback)
This book was ok, i think it had lots of plus points:

It didn't try to confuse the issue with too many characters, it kept a good pace and had some genuinely thrilling moments.

Twist-wise, it was fairly obvious most of what happened and who did it. The ending was a bit 'Kevin Spacey' from the film 'Seven', and was a bit far-fetched and pointless for me. Had the story ended where it seemed it already had, i would have given this 4 stars.

Also, a little far-fetched was the motives and methods of the main baddie, sure some people are crazy but how many are crazy, rich, can build labs underground etc. Just silly. As well as the Russian connections, pointless.

That said, it was a decent read.

Don't Blink
Don't Blink
by James Patterson
Edition: Paperback
Price: £7.99

2.0 out of 5 stars Don't 'Think', 7 Feb. 2013
This review is from: Don't Blink (Paperback) wasn't good.

Started off ok, this was my first JP book and i immediately thought 'great, straight into the action, like a Jack Reacher novel'. It remained engaging for all of 50 pages, then became formulaic with the type of characters being introduced, the story became implausible, pointless, and completely higgledy-piggledy.

As if the author himself knew he was strecthing the boundaries of realism with a lot of the goings-on, there became an increasing use of the word 'somehow' , to kind of explain another miraculous occurence away.

By the end, i was glad it had ended. But the author, sensing people would be relieved, still kept teasing us with more 'twists' just when you thought it had finished! It really did get a bit silly towards the end...and the dialogue got worse.

Overall...readable, if you do it in one or two sittings and let the momentum carry you through. In its favour it has short chapters so it does keep some kind of pace.

by David Kessler
Edition: Paperback
Price: £6.99

2.0 out of 5 stars Mehhhh...., 10 Dec. 2012
This review is from: Mercy (Paperback)
Saw the 'twist' at the end coming a mile off, well about 200 pages previously actually, and im sure most people did yet it carried on right up to the point where it had to spell it out and by the time it did, well, it wwas old news.

Unsatisfactory ending, too many unnnecessary names and characters, too many loose ends left untied, completely unbelievable dialogue...sure, two twenty-somethings prattle on to each other about Sylvia Plath all the time dont they.

Not completely rubbish, the short chapters were a good thing, helped to create a little bit of pace & tension towards the end, which was very much inkeeping with the ticking clock storyline. However it took 250 pages to start going anywhere, had about 100 pages which gripped me, then it became obvious what the twist was going to be yet the author determined to keep toying with us under the assumption that we wouldnt know and wouldnt see it coming a mile off. I'm not the sharpest tool in the box, but i did!

That's not to say the twist wasnt a good idea, i would even have give the book 3 stars if it weren't for such a stupidly vague ending.
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Lights, Camera, Spanish (Book + DVD): Learn Conversational Spanish by Watching a Romantic Adventure
Lights, Camera, Spanish (Book + DVD): Learn Conversational Spanish by Watching a Romantic Adventure
by Bill Vanpatten
Edition: Hardcover

5.0 out of 5 stars Love Stories Sound Better In Spanish.., 4 Jan. 2010
Yes, the film is a little corny & cheaply made, BUT, for learning spanish and picking up grammar, vocabulary, pronunciation and listening comprehension, it's exceptional ! You have the choice of subtitled and not subtitled. The subtitles are in Spanish as well, so its not like you can cheat too much, but its handy to be able to read and understand on the first run through of the film, as spanish can be hard to understand when the actors speak as quickly and fluently as they normally would in everyday conversation with each other.

Would not really suit a beginner in my opinion, i think it's for intermediate to advanced, as even reading the spanish subtitles requires a good level of spanish. All in all, i would recommend this highly !

Using Spanish: A Guide to Contemporary Usage (2nd ed.)
Using Spanish: A Guide to Contemporary Usage (2nd ed.)
by R. E. Batchelor
Edition: Paperback
Price: £31.49

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Contents ok, not great value for money, 25 Sept. 2009
This book is ok, has some very useful sections and some which seem like a waste of time. That said, after reading it twice, i do feel like i've picked up information and taken it on board, so it must be doing something right. For £25 though, its fairly expensive. Not great, but ok.

The Westies: Inside New York's Irish Mob
The Westies: Inside New York's Irish Mob
by T.J. English
Edition: Paperback
Price: £8.99

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Scary Stuff !, 8 Sept. 2009
Great book. Usually these Mafia type books start off explosively, then lose the readers' interest half way through by having no material left and just giving a repetitive background of the mafia history.

This book always keeps things interesting, doesnt pass judgement on the guilty , and keeps the pace of proceedings going along nicely. It's a big book, about 450 pages, but is almost 'unputdownable'.

Highly recommended.

Curb Your Enthusiasm: Complete HBO Season 6 [DVD]
Curb Your Enthusiasm: Complete HBO Season 6 [DVD]
Dvd ~ Larry David
Price: £7.60

3 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Still Great !, 18 Sept. 2008
I can't say this was the absolute best season simply because of the first 3, but it's certainly better than 5 & 4, much more enjoyable and character-driven. For example, Season 4 made the mistake of a rolling storyline throughout all the episodes, whereas i think LD is better when he's only able to stuff up one situation once and then dig himself deeper in by trying to rectify it immediately.

But back to Season 6 - some moments of absolute laugh out loud comedy, particularly with Larry & supporting characters such as Leon Black and John McEnroe. The last episode, whilst i won't spoil the surprise, is surprisingly heart-warming and seems quite a fitting end. But amidst all the poignancy of the last ten minutes before the final twist, the scene where Larry uses the stage at Sammy's Bat Mitzvah to dispell a certain rumour being spread around about him was just so side-splittingly funny, it has to be seen.

Overall, very enjoyable...if you have second thoughts about getting this because you were maybe disappointed by Season 5, the don't, just buy this and fall in love with CYE again !

Pro Evolution Soccer 6 (PS2)
Pro Evolution Soccer 6 (PS2)
Offered by Quality Media Supplies Ltd.
Price: £12.02

1 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars It's Great.., 15 Mar. 2007
= Fun:5.0 out of 5 stars 
Football's not meant to be easy guys, if you want a game where your keeper can skip round 11 pleayers 10 times before knocking the ball in with his backside, then you've obviously never experienced the highs, lows, frustrations & joy of real life football...PES6 provides all that in buckets, try it, it'll frustrate the hell out of you, just like football, then it'll have you jumping round the room in celebration, just like football. If you want to play a game where you finish up winning 15-0 every time, go and buy a rugby game.

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