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V is for Vegan: The ultimate vegan cookbook packed full of amazing recipes
V is for Vegan: The ultimate vegan cookbook packed full of amazing recipes
by Kerstin Rodgers
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £10.00

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars (3.5*) Enthusiastic but not always practical, 24 July 2015
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In an attempt to throw off vegan's earnest and worthy image, this is all bright and funky images and endless enthusiasm. Nothing wrong with that but all the colours and design do get in the way of the actual recipes at times. If I want to cook from a blog I'll do that, if I have a book I want it to behave like a book.

The recipes themselves are a mix of standard dips, soups and salads with some more imaginative additions. Do be aware though that there is a list of special ingredients that will require sourcing even if you live in London. There's also a lot of at home preparation with much pickling, making of nut cheeses and so on, a bit of a faff for those of us who like to eat vegetable meals without being vegan in principle or lifestyle. This did make me think of the Clapham or Hampstead earth mother at times, growing edible flower heads in the garden while nipping down to the local emporium for Chia seeds and smoke powder!

That said, there are recipes here which can be whipped up after work, and some lovely desserts (lots of sugar so not always healthy). Possibly more a vegan dinner party than a basic introduction to vegan cooking - some nice recipes but not a book I'll be using constantly.


Eylure Body Tape
Eylure Body Tape
Offered by KrystalDirect
Price: £4.94

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Ouch!, 24 July 2015
This review is from: Eylure Body Tape (Personal Care)
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I love the idea of this but the practicalities don't quite work. Using this over moisturised skin means the strips don't stick. Using it on dry skin made them stick so tightly that they felt like they were ripping off my skin. Disappointing.


Forever
Forever
by Judy Blume
Edition: Paperback
Price: £6.99

4.0 out of 5 stars The seminal novel of first love, first sex, and the dawning of adulthood, 23 July 2015
This review is from: Forever (Paperback)
I'm of the generation who missed this: too young for when it was first published in the 1970s, and yet I've heard so much about it that I'm delighted to have finally experienced this seminal book. I can only imagine the impact it would have on 14-17 year olds as it details Kath's first love, first sexual experiences and first understanding of adulthood.

It's written in a lovely clear-eyed way and I especially liked that there's no insta-love, and the sex is often less than awesome for all kinds of realistic reasons. My only disappointment is that there's no real chemistry between Kath and Michael - but that's a small niggle.

A one-sitting read for me - recommended.


Speaking in Bones (Temperance Brennan Book 18)
Speaking in Bones (Temperance Brennan Book 18)
Price: £8.55

4.0 out of 5 stars Gothic and grotesque, 23 July 2015
This gets off to a slightly slow start but then escalates into a story of true gothic proportions. Be prepared for the macarbre and grotesque as Tempe veers off into the backwoods of America... Not a good place for new readers to start as too many relationships have backstories - but a gripping, creepy read for everyone else.

(I received a review copy via Netgalley)


3 Para
3 Para
by Patrick Bishop
Edition: Paperback
Price: £8.99

4.0 out of 5 stars Unsensationalist account of professionalism under fire, 23 July 2015
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This review is from: 3 Para (Paperback)
Unsensational and not afraid to recount the repetition of war, this is a journalistic account of a tour of Afghanistan. Stories of bravery, endurance and tight-knit comradeship sit at the centre of the book, with comments coming from the words of the soldiers themselves.

It's a little difficut to get much sense of personality here, with only brief potted biographies often after someone is killed. That's a minor niggle, though - well worth reading for the reality and detail behind the headlines on modern war.


The Slaughter Man
The Slaughter Man
by Tony Parsons
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £6.49

4.0 out of 5 stars Entertaining, 23 July 2015
This review is from: The Slaughter Man (Hardcover)
This second crime story from Parsons is both better than the first and yet also cements markers of the series: again, there are numerous visits to the 'Black Museum' and more wise words from its keeper; again there are winsome child/cute dog moments; and, again, Max gets the girl. And the team take another hit. Max's personality is becoming more defined though it gets almost cartoonish here the number of times he's concussed, stabbed, battered, even buried alive... and still gets up to soldier on without ever missing a day's work!

That said, the plot here is more involved and less predictable, and the writing pulls the whole thing along seamlessly. This is definitely not at the more literary end of the crime spectrum but is an easy-reading pleasure.


The Murder Bag
The Murder Bag
by Tony Parsons
Edition: Paperback
Price: £3.85

4.0 out of 5 stars Well-paced and entertaining, 23 July 2015
This review is from: The Murder Bag (Paperback)
This is a well-paced crime debut for Parsons, entertaining but without literary pretension. As long as you accept it's fundamentally a romp through the police procedural then this is enjoyable downtime reading.

There's a touch too much sentimentality at times with the winsome child and the cute doggy, and a fantasy moment when Max gets the girl... but a fun read all the same.


AROCCOM® Silicone Travel Bottle, Leakproof, BPA Free, Refillable Cosmetic Travel Containers, TSA Carry On Approved, 4 of set (Medium)
AROCCOM® Silicone Travel Bottle, Leakproof, BPA Free, Refillable Cosmetic Travel Containers, TSA Carry On Approved, 4 of set (Medium)
Offered by Danube2011
Price: £28.89

5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant travel bottles, 22 July 2015
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Lovely colours, robust and squeezy, these are brilliant travel bottles. Wide necks make them easy to fill and they're leakproof. Perfect for weekends away and holidays.

I received a free product for review.


4 in 1 Wine Opener-Screwpull Corkscrew with Pour Spout, Bottle Stopper, Wine Foil Cutter by Wasserstein® - Lifetime Guarantee
4 in 1 Wine Opener-Screwpull Corkscrew with Pour Spout, Bottle Stopper, Wine Foil Cutter by Wasserstein® - Lifetime Guarantee
Offered by Wasserstein Appliances
Price: £13.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Well designed and works brilliantly, 22 July 2015
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This is a thoughtfully designed product by people who know and love wine. As well as the easy to use corkscrew there's also a foil cutter, wine pourer and bottle stop. The whole thing makes opening and drinking wine into an occasion, and the accessories feel elegant and robust. This is one of those gadgets that I didn't realise I needed till I had one - the thought of non using the wine pourer now is anathema!

(I received a free product for review)


Punkman Wireless Stereo Speaker, Crystal Clear Sound with Touch Screen Buttons 15 Hour Playtime Built in Microphone Fm Radio with emergency Power supply Portable bluetooth speaker
Punkman Wireless Stereo Speaker, Crystal Clear Sound with Touch Screen Buttons 15 Hour Playtime Built in Microphone Fm Radio with emergency Power supply Portable bluetooth speaker
Offered by VVCA
Price: £35.00

5.0 out of 5 stars Sleek, portable, good sound for its size and price, 22 July 2015
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This is very good for its price as a portable speaker. The sound is good for both music and audiobooks, and it can be connected to non Bluetooth devices and play from a memory card. The charge seems to last longer than some similar speakers I've tried. A very good package.

(I received a free product for review)


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