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The Black Country
The Black Country
von Alex Grecian
  Taschenbuch
Preis: EUR 7,70

3.0 von 5 Sternen Entertaining Read, 4. März 2014
Rezension bezieht sich auf: The Black Country (Taschenbuch)
I really enjoy reading about this particular period in time, especially when it takes place in London. Reading “The Yard” inspired me to read the Black Country. It is a page turner all the characters are distinct so that you don’t get them confused with one another. The dialogues are entertaining in that they are humorous and informative. However (here it comes…) I found it too sensational. Not only is a man, woman, and child missing; the town is sinking into the mine tunnels, (entire houses are being swallowed up) there is a murderer on the loose (all the way from America). Not enough drama well the man who was missing turns out to be a double murderer and his baby daughter is also a murderer. To lend a really extraordinary touch the whole town is ailing with some sort of virus which is apparently found in the water. Too really put the icing on the cake a massive snow storm rages during the entire book. All of this takes place within three days. As you can imagine there is never a dull moment. The problem is that the story focuses on an abundance of catastrophes, which causes one to feel overwhelmed. Why are Inspector Day and Hammersmith really there? Should they find the missing persons? Or should they find the murderer or terminate the digging in the mines or help the sick villagers?
It is an enjoyable read. I look forward to Mr. Grecian’s next book. Perhaps it will be focused just on one or two catastrophes.


Marco Tozzi 2-2-22448-20, Damen Pumps, Blau (ROYAL COMB 843), EU 40
Marco Tozzi 2-2-22448-20, Damen Pumps, Blau (ROYAL COMB 843), EU 40

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2.0 von 5 Sternen Disappointed, 20. November 2013
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Rezension bezieht sich auf: Marco Tozzi 2-2-22448-20 Damen Pumps (Schuhe)
The first size was too small, one size larger was too big and not only that they were two different shoe sizes. Thanks but I will not buy another pair from Marco Tozzi.


York Notes on Toni Morrison's Beloved (York Notes Advanced)
York Notes on Toni Morrison's Beloved (York Notes Advanced)
von Toni Morrison
  Taschenbuch
Preis: EUR 9,20

5.0 von 5 Sternen came promptly and in good condition, 26. September 2013
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Was very satisfied with the condition of the book (like new) and it came promptly - can't ask for anything more


Sock Yarn One-Skein Wonders: 101 Patterns That Go Way Beyond Socks!
Sock Yarn One-Skein Wonders: 101 Patterns That Go Way Beyond Socks!
von Judith Durant
  Taschenbuch
Preis: EUR 14,21

5.0 von 5 Sternen An essential, 11. August 2013
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The patterns are easy to follow even if someone who makes several attempts at one pattern and then takes them apart to start anew because somewhere something wasn't knitted correctly tries them like me. They encourage because they are simple to understand. Also that sock yarn can be so versatile was new to me. The book is definitely worth buying.


Proof of Heaven: A Neurosurgeon's Journey into the Afterlife
Proof of Heaven: A Neurosurgeon's Journey into the Afterlife
von Eben Alexander M.D.
  Taschenbuch
Preis: EUR 11,60

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4.0 von 5 Sternen Persuasive story, 26. März 2013
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The book is quickly read. Dr. Alexander is very convincing about his entire experience. I found the contents very interesting however for someone like me, who was never subject to such a supernatural occurrence, it is a bit fantastic. I don’t want to doubt that there is life after death; I don’t think anyone really does. The fact that he stresses is he should have been pronounced dead since his brain was not functioning; consequently everything he remembers after “awakening” from his coma happened in the afterlife. He describes what he believes to be heaven and is comforted by an angel which he later claims to have been his dead sister whom he had never met. During his time in the afterlife he declares that he recognized one of his wife’s friends who assert that she tried to contact his soul while he was in coma. All very colorful and the incidents seem to fit together perfectly. It is a very interesting read for the curious and the people who feel inclined to want to be persuaded by Dr. Alexander’s story of his proof of heaven.


5120 Teekanne Dekor historische Geschwister Leichtkeramik
5120 Teekanne Dekor historische Geschwister Leichtkeramik

3.0 von 5 Sternen S., 17. August 2012
I think the teapot is lovely however there isn't enough information about the size and how many cups it holds.

very unsatisfactory description.


Major Pettigrew's Last Stand: A Novel (Random House Reader's Circle)
Major Pettigrew's Last Stand: A Novel (Random House Reader's Circle)
von Helen Simonson
  Taschenbuch
Preis: EUR 10,60

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3.0 von 5 Sternen Major Pettigrew's Last Stand, 16. Mai 2012
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I bought this book for my English Conversation Group". It is an ESL class and some of them lived in England. Most of them enjoyed it immensely as most foreigners love to poke fun at other countries' generalizations.

The story in its self is interesting enough and I feel Ms. Simonson had a lot of fun writing it. However, for me it became quite boring through constant clichés. Every single character, the Americans, women, Muslims, ecologists, aristocrats, business men, you name it, is put into a definite stereotype. Everyone in this area of England regardless of their own stereotype seems to have some bigotry running in their veins, and they are not considerate enough to try to conceal it. Mrs. Ali who was born and bred in England, is herself, as usual, the kind, patient and understanding person that also becomes a constant victim of bigotry from the locals and even her own family. I guess it is an English senior citizens a la "West Side Story".


Unbroken
Unbroken
von Laura Hillenbrand
  Taschenbuch

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4.0 von 5 Sternen tortured diginity, 23. Mai 2011
Rezension bezieht sich auf: Unbroken (Taschenbuch)
The book is a very heart rendering read. Louie Zamperini's dreams are chattered through agonizing torture which he is forced to endure through his capture by the Japanese during WWII. He does not get rescued by any drummed up parade of soldiers. Not when he is stranded in the middle of the Pacific, not when he is taken prisoner by the Japanese and not while he is a POW. Why one human race can be so extreme cruel is beyond comprehension. Yet the book does not radiate hate or racism. The story does not provoke pity towards the protagonist or any other character of the book. I questioned myself: why am I reading this? It is because I had to know if he/they survive. I had to find out if they are taken out of the struggle to live. It was soothing to realize families really can stick together and believe. Throughout the book Louie knew and trusted his faith in his family and his family had faith in Louie.

Knowing that this novel is true was mind -boggling. If it was fiction it would seem that the author was exaggerating a story. It would probably be deemed that the protagonist should be named John Wayne and the whole episode was dreamed up in Hollywood. But exactly the opposite is true. The protagonist Louie Zamperini was not anything like Wayne he was like you and me (a mensch) and the setting was nothing close to Hollywood. I kept asking myself how much one human being can be made to suffer. I haven't felt so touched by a war novel since Irwin Shaw's "The Young Lions"; and that was fiction.


The White Russian
The White Russian
von Tom Bradby
  Taschenbuch
Preis: EUR 9,37

3.0 von 5 Sternen Subdued Russian Murder, 26. Januar 2011
Rezension bezieht sich auf: The White Russian (Taschenbuch)
Three people are killed in similar manners and it is left to the main character to solve. The Russian revolution is beginning and he himself is from the Russian aristocracy. Intrigue between the Petersburg Police and the uncertain loyalist government is threaded throughout the book. The story is interesting however I think the book could be much more captivating if there was more emotion and feeling. The characters are distinguishable enough so that there isn't a complication when hearing this or that Russian name. As a matter of fact it reminds me of a shorter, less romantic, shallow version of "Dr. Zhivago"


City of Thieves
City of Thieves
von David Benioff
  Taschenbuch

5.0 von 5 Sternen Depressingly fascinating, 15. Juni 2010
Rezension bezieht sich auf: City of Thieves (Taschenbuch)
Although some of the scenes were very grotesque the author kept the story human, with dry, even morbid humour. The suffering of the people of St. Petersburg during the Nazi siege is a depressing story which the book definitely brings to life. It tells the story of starvation and what initiative the people of this particular city develop in order to survive. The main characters are really fascinatingly descriptive. They are totally opposite and yet the story would not be as vibrant without either of them. I found myself seriously contemplating how I myself would have endured such torment; how I would have reacted in certain situations so that I must admit it is a book that should be read, with a grain of salt. It is a book that leaves a taste in your mouth and sends a shiver through your body.


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