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Rolson 42441 Mini Dent Puller
Rolson 42441 Mini Dent Puller
Price: £3.79

9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Good for little dents, 23 Jan. 2011
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This is a good little tool for removing small dents from your car. The diameter equates to being about as large as a coffee cup, as such you should only try using this for smaller dents, I would not even attempt it with anything much larger as I expect (as has been indicated in other reviews) it may cause the dent puller to break. This worked well for removing a small dent on the front wing of my car where some careless individual slipped and landed on it in the snow!


Divenire (Special Edition, BONUS DISC: 3 Brand New Remixes)
Divenire (Special Edition, BONUS DISC: 3 Brand New Remixes)
Price: £12.74

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic chillout album, 23 Jan. 2011
This is a fantastic classical-piano album that whilst being primarily classical in nature is not as stuffy as some traditional classical piano pieces can be. I have frequently played this in the car on the way home from work and invariably I am relaxed and in a fantastic mood when I get home. If you are looking for something that will set your mind at ease or just create a tranquil atmosphere then you cannot go wrong here.


The Last Kestrel
The Last Kestrel
by Jill McGivering
Edition: Paperback

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Finding the middle ground between two very different perspectives..., 12 Dec. 2010
This review is from: The Last Kestrel (Paperback)
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The Last Kestrel has put such a human face on the conflict in Afghanistan that I would go as far as saying that it should be required reading for anybody who might be spending some time in the country in the near future. The novel is told from a unique perspective, not least of all because war stories often tend to be told from a male perspective but as well as that both protagonists are strong women in predominantly patriarchal settings.

The novel takes extreme care not to prejudge any particular side of the story, which is exactly where its strength comes from. It is easy to see things from a western point of view, that this will be a story about a war-torn country, though the book makes a great effort to actually decode the phrase we know so well and paint a vivid picture of a country torn apart by war. By choosing to greatly opposing points of view the novelist has crafted a novel which managed quite aptly to find a middle ground in the telling of the story, in the end you are allowed to draw your own judgement on whether there is a right or a wrong side in the conflict. Powerful stuff.


Easy GI Diet: Use the Glycaemic Index to Lose Weight and Gain Energy
Easy GI Diet: Use the Glycaemic Index to Lose Weight and Gain Energy
by Helen Foster
Edition: Paperback

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars You will become a prisoner in your own kitchen - but this really does work!, 5 Sept. 2010
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It is rare to find a diet where it feels as though you are eating more than you usually would, which is exactly what happens with the low-GI diet. I did this diet a few years ago using this exact same book and it worked so well that I had to repeat the performance. At the end of the first week I had lost around 6lbs, which considering I had not undertaken very much exercise it does go to show how well the diet works.

Most of the diet is education rather than a strict diet in itself. The trick is to eat regular low-GI snacks throughout the day and have sensible sized meals. I remember thinking for the first few days "there should surely be a few more potatoes on my plate" or words to that effect but after a while you realise that one of the biggest barriers to weight loss is the sheer amount of carbohydrates that this diet cuts out. Say goodbye to bread and potatoes! Even so, it was very rare that I was even in such a state that I would be hungry between meals and snacks, which considering I am 6'4" is quite a miracle!

The one down-side to this book is that you will feel like you have become a prisoner in your own kitchen, as whilst the meals are entirely uncomplicated, the breakfasts and lunches take a good deal more preparation than simply having a bowl of cereal and a sandwich for work. Additionally if you work in a fairly strict workplace that would look down on you enjoying a yogurt as a mid-morning snack then you should probably try and wait until you have some time off before trying this. Otherwise an incredible diet that really does work.


True Things About Me
True Things About Me
by Deborah Kay Davies
Edition: Paperback

3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars How not to live your life, 25 Aug. 2010
This review is from: True Things About Me (Paperback)
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As a book it is very difficult to establish whether I enjoyed this story or not. The main and unnamed character could easily be a poster-girl for youths everywhere advertising how not to live one's life, at many points through the novel I found myself becoming angry with the character and almost in a state of wanting to scream at the pages for her to wake up and do something. As a character the girl is a vacuous popinjay working a menial job and living a perfectly average life, until she (for an inexplicable reason) becomes involved with a man who turns out to be a violent sadist.

Whilst the novel highlights the obvious symptoms of domestic abuse, both the abused and the abuser seemed entirely beyond sympathy to me. The girl at times was so obtuse as to seem ridiculous whilst the man was portrayed as being so cruel and evil beyond reprieve that as a pair they were impossibly difficult to picture. It is an axiom that literature often relies upon extreme versions of personalities to make a point, though in this novel it did seem as though it was used to an extreme level. The story obviously made a point of showing how control over your life can entirely disappear when you are subject to domestic violence, though there never seemed to be any positive characteristics to the man to have caused her to tolerate the behaviour in the first place.

This was an irritating book to read, the protagonist is a frustrating character to deal with and there were times that I wanted to throw the book on the floor and groan under my breath "ridiculous girl!" However the book has been written splendidly and uses a style that I found extremely accessible and I have flown through pages as though it were a race. The story is well constructed and for that reason I think it does deserve its third star of approval; however you must be warned that this is a book that could have you tearing your hair out in frustration at the sheer idiocy of its protagonist.


The Upright Piano Player
The Upright Piano Player
by David Abbott
Edition: Hardcover

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars An odd title, melancholic but beautifully written, 13 Aug. 2010
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Life happens all at once, if you blink you may miss it. Such seems to be the message in the Upright Piano Player which in my opinion is one of the best written books I have had the pleasure to read. The novel begins with the aftermath of a horrible tragedy, and what follows looks into the past for each of the characters in a way reminiscent of The English Patient, charting the story of how a fractured family consolidated together after many years apart.

The story focuses mostly on Henry Cage, a successful and wealthy businessman who has just been forced into retirement, without his work he has almost nothing, his family has almost entirely disintegrated, his relationship with his ex-wife ended painfully and he no longer sees his son. The novel tells the story of the disintegration and reintegration with a great deal of care and paints a hugely vivid picture of a fractured family life. The novel is punctuated with beautifully real characters and situations to the extent that I did seriously find it nearly an impossibility to put the book down.

At its heart this book is a tragedy; do not go into it expecting something else. Though I have found this novel to be gloriously well written and in spite of the melancholic tone found it an absolute pleasure to read.


Ice Age
Ice Age
by Kirsten Reed
Edition: Paperback
Price: £7.99

4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars The Ice Age is lacking warmth..., 23 Jun. 2010
This review is from: Ice Age (Paperback)
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As a book The Ice Age is extremely confusing to classify, somehow I was reminded of Catcher in the Rye whilst reading it though I am not entirely sure why. The story is told from the perspective of an unnamed teenage girl who has stumbled into a road trip with an older man named Gunther. The story focuses on the obsession of the girl for this emotionally unavailable companion against a scarce backdrop of Middle America and the small and insular towns inherent to it.

The way that the story unfolds is most unusual and begins after the girl and Gunther have already met and immediately you are thrown into the obsession of the protagonist without much delay. One might say that the book is missing a beginning. The style of the story is written like an account of the teenager; however it occasionally comes across as being so factual and lacking in depth that I frequently had no interest or sympathy in what was happening to her. I wonder if it was the writer's intention to make certain parts sound like a police statement, even particularly important moments in the story are relayed in such a way that they could easily blend into the background without being noticed.

I would not say that I didn't enjoy this book, as it was certainly a pleasant book to read and I have spent several hours sat quietly reading with it and have been interested to see how the story will progress. However the book is sadly lacking a depth that did make the ending feel rather empty and I must say that this is not as moving a book as I think it could be. The book tries to be a coming-of-age story; I cannot see where it happens.
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Farlander
Farlander
by Col Buchanan
Edition: Hardcover

3.0 out of 5 stars An average fantasy, 20 Jun. 2010
This review is from: Farlander (Hardcover)
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Farlander is pretty average as far as Fantasy novels go, I have read many that are better than it however I have equally read as many that are much worse. Many reviewers have detailed the storyline so I will not cover old ground. The writing style of Col Buchanan is very descriptive, almost to the point where it becomes frustrating as he clearly wanted to create an entirely new world that would be so easy to visualise, to his credit it works, however there are many instances where he renames things that do not really need it, such as describing a type of food and giving it a new name whereas "broth" would have done nicely. If you are a fan of fantasy novels then I am sure you will like this, though please do not expect to be blown away - such things may appear in later novels by Buchanan.


Push [DVD] (2009)
Push [DVD] (2009)
Dvd ~ Chris Evans
Price: £3.66

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Lower-budget superheroes, 12 Jun. 2010
This review is from: Push [DVD] (2009) (DVD)
Push seems to be like X-Men if the writers and directors were all on a heavy dose of speed at the time they made it. The film happens very quickly and jumps from point to point at light speed and from time to time it is extremely difficult to keep track of precisely what is going on. Unfortunately the film does not slow down for you to catch up and by around half way through you have absolutely no idea what is meant to be happening.

I will heap praise upon the visuals for this film as the camerawork and visual direction are all sheer eye candy, Hong Kong is made into a vibrant and colourful metropolis and many of the visual effects are top notch. However I would also like to draw attention to a common and irritating fault with lower-budget films which is the poor sound editing. The soundtrack and speech are so closely matched in volume that at times one cannot hear what is being said.

This is a very reasonable film and certainly does not fit into the category of your typical superhero film. However there are elements that are certainly enjoyable so if you are into Heroes or X-Men I expect you will probably enjoy Push.


Whatever You Love
Whatever You Love
by Louise Doughty
Edition: Paperback
Price: £12.99

8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars You may need to have children to appreciate this novel..., 1 Jun. 2010
This review is from: Whatever You Love (Paperback)
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This novel has a single and harrowing message, whatever it is that you love you eventually loose. So begins the story of a single mother Laura who loses her eldest child to a hit and run accident and how in the wake of grief and despair she eventually seeks vengeance against the man who took away something so precious. Though the book makes a point of showing that losing her daughter was not the only think Laura has loved and lost. Through flashbacks the novel tells the sad story of how Laura first met her husband, to the affair he was having with a colleague, to the point where he eventually leaves her. To say that this is a grim story is an understatement and the ending was far from optimistic.

Something about this novel unfortunately failed to reach me, as the grief the protagonist felt over the loss of her daughter seemed one-dimensional and failed to encourage any sympathy. I wonder if the book was written specifically with parents in mind and many of the issues that were raised were things that would somehow require "inside knowledge" of the worries filled with parenting and the emotional attachment that only a parent can appreciate. Great sections of the novel got swept up in irrelevant details and there were points where I would skip past certain pages just to get back to the storyline. I did also feel somewhat cheated by the resolve of the book which itself was supposed to be the desire to exact vengeance against the man who robbed Laura of her daughter, this itself did not progress in any way at all until three quarters of the way through and ended anticlimactically.

If you are to strip away the layers of the book to the key message, it is that you can only loose the things that you care about, which in itself is a sad message, though it does also go on to make the point that as uncertain as life is, all you can do is cherish what you have whilst it is yours.
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