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Zakgirl

HUON CREEK, Australia
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Post-apocalyptic science fiction

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3 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars
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3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-01-2018

"You don't seriously suggest they are talking when they make that rattling noise." Do you John Wyndham?

After reading John's book I felt a bit spooked. The wind picked up, the thunder rolled, and finally the pitter patter of rain sounded like Triffid's titter-tattling as they do. I wondered if somehow this apocalyptic Sci-Fi was about to take one paraphyletic leap out of Wyndam's novel and sting and snip away my reality. That's how this book made me feel. I can't explain it. I hardly understood it but I liked it.

Having been made to read this book many years ago for school - I was not impressed by it then, and cheatingly wrote the required book report for the teacher - you know how that goes: read the blurb, read a few paragraphs here and there, read a bit in the middle and the last chapter; generally read as little as possible then guess and write what the teacher wanted to hear. I'd hated that book (and reading in general). My how things change. Reading it again now as an adult has changed my whole perception. I will be reading it again :) Fun read.

20,000 Days and Counting cover art

Get living now!

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3 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars
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3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-04-2016

Congratulations to this author for achieving every day. This book was quite short and a bit preachy but I think it was meant to be. The swapping from the story to the information was different and a little confusing at times but the pace was exhilarating. I got something out of this read and I hope you find something for yourself too.

Good resource for anyone considering publishing

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4 out of 5 stars
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3 out of 5 stars
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3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-04-2016

If you are thinking about publishing using a digital method or even if your heart is set on traditional publishing then this could be a valuable read. Even if it's simply to get you thinking more broadly. Towards the end is an indepth listing of writers experiences with current links to webpages. It tells of individual cases of being published via what was the untraditional path but is now becoming the norm. This book lists many resources and although the list itself may age over time the writers experiences should remain relevant.

Well researched and very believable

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4 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 13-02-2016

The ending was no surprise as a documentary was what sparked my interest in this novel and they gave away the ending. Even so, the book was not ruined by this. In fact it made it more intriguing. Well written and researched. Very believable characters and plot. Even though this fiction was drawn from factual accounts of the time it was definitely not presented in a lecturing academic way - a most challenging read that takes you to the time and place in which it was set in a very real way. Cudos to the Author.
Audio/narration was exceptional too.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

That guy's got your yacht!

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4 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars
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3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 23-05-2015

This well-healed read, is funny and cynical, and that's what I like in a book. I couldn't put it down. It is probably the book I should have started with reading about Wall Street before investing but sometimes we don't know these things as we simply get started and ask questions later, a bit like life itself really. If you haven't read any books on investing then do read this one. A timeless classic as stated by other reviews and still has relevance but some of the younger generation might find some of the colloquialisms a little testy, although nothing a quick Google search wouldn't fix. It's funny, and I'm very tempted to ask my financial advisor, "Where's my yacht?" but like all the advice that tends to come from advisers the answer would simply be a well rehearsed response in changing the topic. A tad intellectual but holds the attention of anyone who likes dry wit, satire, and is rather cynical.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

My memory has definitely benefited from this book

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5 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 23-05-2015

You don't read this book for fun, although some of it is fun. I have gained a lot from practising the exercises in Quantum Memory. I will continue to go back to this book time and again, as I can tell it is helping me in more ways than just memory improvement. I only wish I had discovered it before I finished my University Degree :)

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

Just For Laughs...

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4 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-07-2014

What did you like most about Bridget Jones: Mad About the Boy?

When I just wanted a light read with nothing too heavy - I turned to this book and luckily it worked...

What did you like best about this story?

I loved the ending of this book. Usually books have a way of making you feel good but that you lost something. This book made me feel good and that I gained something. It was unusual for me, this ending, and yet it wasn't anything that weird or anything. I can't say why because it would ruin the read for you. Let's just say it ended nicely.

Which scene did you most enjoy?

I liked the scene in the bushes. Can't say more about that.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

I would have liked to have listened to this book in one sitting but considering how long it was that was never going to be an option for me. I enjoyed the longer length of this novel and how it was so light-hearted. I didn't have to try too hard to understand it - it simply fell out and I munched it all up, with a few dribbles of chocolate on my nice white coat :)

Any additional comments?

If you're simply looking for a bit of a laugh and especially if you're hitting an older age and may be just a little bit single, I think you'll get a few laughs out of this book and maybe a few laughs about yourself in the process. Have fun with it! I did.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful