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Lenin Lives Next Door: Marriage, Martinis, and Mayhem in Moscow
Lenin Lives Next Door: Marriage, Martinis, and Mayhem in Moscow
by Jennifer Eremeeva
Edition: Hardcover
Price: $24.95
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I enjoyed it enormously and recommend it, July 26, 2014
This is a very witty memoir of life in Moscow with HRH (handsome Russian husband) by American writer Jennifer Eremeeva.

There are laugh aloud moments relating to the building devoted to the maintenance of Lenin's embalmed corpse (thus the title), the food, the expat life and other aspects of living life in Moscow through the heady 80s and 90s up to the bemusement of the Winter Olympics in a sub tropical seaside resort of Sochi. It is a look into a life most of us will never see - addressing matters such as domesticity - what to eat, whether or not to glass in the balconies and the on-going issues relating to health insurance).

I enjoyed it enormously and recommend it.


Yellow Crocus: A Novel
Yellow Crocus: A Novel
by Laila Ibrahim
Edition: Paperback
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Gentle and engaging, June 27, 2013
This review is from: Yellow Crocus: A Novel (Paperback)
This is a gentle and lyrical book, the story of the bond between a young girl and the slave who began as her nursemaid and finished as a confident and friend, despite the chasm between their social status.

While engaging and beautifully written, I felt the lack of character development in the other characters, and I do like my books to move along with more pace. But this is a personal choice, and all in all it would be a interesting read for anyone who is interested in the world that was the Antebellum South.


Paris: The Novel
Paris: The Novel
by Edward Rutherfurd
Edition: Hardcover
Price: $19.99
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5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful - Rutherfurd is back in top form!, May 3, 2013
This review is from: Paris: The Novel (Hardcover)
I adore Edward Rutherfurd's early novels (with "Sarum" being an all time favourite) but have been disappointed with his last few novels.

Thankfully he is back to his best here, a wonderful novel which does justice to the great city and the people who have made her history. Unusually for his books it jumps backwards and forwards in history, which at first I wasn't sure about, but it was a plot tool, allowing him to demonstrate how some of our cherished family stories might not be all that they seem.

Highly recommended for lovers of Paris and history.


Destiny in Sydney: An Epic Novel of Convicts, Aborigines, and Chinese Embroiled in the Birth of Sydney, Australia (Three Book Series About Sydney, Australia)
Destiny in Sydney: An Epic Novel of Convicts, Aborigines, and Chinese Embroiled in the Birth of Sydney, Australia (Three Book Series About Sydney, Australia)
by D. Manning Richards
Edition: Paperback
Price: $13.99
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Entertaining historical fiction, April 1, 2013
This is quite a hefty tome; and it addresses a pivotal time in Australia's modern history - the early settlement of Sydney and the beginnings of the multi-cultural society that Australia will one day become.

The story is entertaining, and the characters interesting enough, though I do like my characters in historical novels to be better defined - I have an insatiable curiosity for what makes people tick! This was a challenging time in history, life would not have been comfortable. However I felt that in an effort to encapsulate the great sprawl of history, something has been lost.

However, if you are looking for an introduction to the early history of Australia's settlement, this is certainly entertaining and covers the salient facts well.


Proverbial Aesop: The Complete Aesopic Proverbs Translated with Commentary
Proverbial Aesop: The Complete Aesopic Proverbs Translated with Commentary
by Chandler Phillips
Edition: Paperback

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars An interesting and fresh approach to Aesop's Fables, April 1, 2013
Anyone who is well read will consider that they are familiar with Aesop's Fables; even today they resonate with a modern audience. But just how well do you know them?

This is a translation of the original fables, with commentary which adds considerably to the stories. They are richer and more developed than we might imagine, and continue to be a rich source of wisdom. This is an excellent little book for a modern business or academic library, and well worth your attention.


Amazon.com Gift Cards - Print at Home
Amazon.com Gift Cards - Print at Home
Price: $1.00 - $2,000.00

5.0 out of 5 stars Easy!, January 28, 2012
Gift cards are always welcome for a bibliophile and mine is wonderful. It is particularly useful for Kindle purchases - one click and its yours! Recommended EVERY time!


Planet Explorers Chicago: A Travel Guide for Kids
Planet Explorers Chicago: A Travel Guide for Kids
Price: $3.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Clever and pitched at the right level, October 25, 2011
This is a clever little guide for kids, and the fact that it can be loaded onto a Kindle is all the better (my chief gripe about travel guides is that often they are heavy!). I am an Australian who has visited Chicago for work, and so have an idea of the city and what it has to offer, so it is interesting to view this book in this light.

There is a great deal of readily accessible information which will be appealing to all ages, with information about its history, architecture, sights and other areas of interest, and other quirky facts. None of it too dry, none of it too challenging.

If you are travelling with young people who may from time to time roll their eyes at you, this is a great idea. It gives some input into your itinerary, AND may keep them quiet for a short while as they ponder the next move :)


Trinity of the Sun: Book I
Trinity of the Sun: Book I

3.0 out of 5 stars Interesting...., August 15, 2011
This is an interesting book which ponders whether Renaissance artists worked to a secret code when creating their masterpieces. This in itself is not a new notion - there is a wealth of material available as to what the great artists of the day may or may not have been trying to tell us - an idea which has been so succesfully exploited by Dan Brown in "The Da Vinci Code" for example.

However where this book differs is that it reflects on these ideas by revisiting and retelling the story of Jesus, John the Baptist, and Mary Magdalene, through the discovereies and musings of the characters Sophie and Carmen Leon, as they travel through the museums and ancient buildings of Rome. It is also beautifully illustrated with the masterpieces in question (which saves the reader the trouble of madly looking up the image to see what the characters are talking about). If you are familiar with Rome you will recognise the places they visit and the things they experience, which is very nice (if not you can armchair travel quite comfortably).

Where this book has weakness, is simply that it is, in some areas, too descriptive. It could, in my opinion, do with a seriously good edit, as sometimes less is more, and there are occasions where my attention drifted. However it travels along at a considerable pace and is informative - if you are a fan of elaborate explanations this is definitely the book for you. It is entertaining, challenging, keeps the reader engaged and above all the characters of Sophie and Carmen are likeable and believable.

I believe it is the beginning of a series; it will be interesting to see where it is going.


Puzzlebook: 100 Puzzle Quizzes (color and interactive!)
Puzzlebook: 100 Puzzle Quizzes (color and interactive!)

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Fun, challenging and occasionally frustrating!, July 6, 2011
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This is a great little book of 100 puzzles, which as the other reviewers have stated, range from simple ones which are relatively easy to solve with a little time and patience, right through to ones that have tested me mightily!

It is refreshing to have something like this available for Kindle; it would certainly make a great gift for anyone you know who enjoys puzzles, and would be a refreshing change from reading or other activities while stuck for hours on a plane or other transport.

Just a note, if you are not gifted with patience, you will find some of the later puzzles very frustrating. But I guess that's the mark of a good puzzle! They are interactive and you can try many times - I think I shall have to revisit some after I have had an opportunity to think on them for a while! :)


Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children (Miss Peregrine's Peculiar Children Book 1)
Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children (Miss Peregrine's Peculiar Children Book 1)
Offered by Penguin Random House Publisher Services
Price: $10.99

4.0 out of 5 stars Young adult? Intruiging and difficult to classify, June 30, 2011
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For many years the hero of this difficult to classify novel was close to his Grandfather, but considered the tales of his unusual childhood and upbringing with the scepticism that comes with age.

But what if it was actually true? What if there are perils out there that are inconceivable in the cold hard light of day?

This is an unusual novel, probably classified as Young Adult as this is a story told by one such person, but it is unusual on many levels. Realistically it is more a story of young compassion, devotion and dedication, and the struggle to be accepted it you are .... different. If I have one small grievance it would be the ending (no spoilers here) but clearly there is more to come, and I would have preferred the novel to have had a stand alone conclusion.


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