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The Snow Kimono
The Snow Kimono
by Mark Henshaw
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £14.88

3.0 out of 5 stars Auguste Jovert is a retired Parisian police inspector, a ..., 16 July 2015
This review is from: The Snow Kimono (Hardcover)
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Auguste Jovert is a retired Parisian police inspector, a man with a complicated past entangled with France's covert actions in Algeria 50 years earlier. He is a man with no particular vocation, questioning his place in life, waiting for something to happen. Anything. Then two things happen at once. A letter and photo from a young Algerian girl who is clearly the daughter she claims to be. And a well dressed Japanese man in his fifties who waits for Jovert at his door. The man introduces himself as Tadashu Omura, former professor. Omura has a strange influence on Jovert who finds himself listening to this man tell the story of his past.


Philips HR1868/81 Avance Collection Quick Clean Juicer, 2.5 Litre, 700 Watt - White
Philips HR1868/81 Avance Collection Quick Clean Juicer, 2.5 Litre, 700 Watt - White
Price: £94.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Amazingly fast and efficient, 6 July 2015
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This is a review of the model that just has the juicer and not the press. It is an impressively efficient and powerful machine which is quite tall, that's a large jug in the picture.

The feeding tube which takes and fruit or vegetables is really wide which makes it easy to use, the chamber that collects the pulp is also large so you don't keep needing to take the thing apart.

For most fruit and veg you don't need to peel or deseed, its only citrus fruit that you need to peel, basically anything you could not normally eat. The juice produced is frothy and smooth. There is a recipe book, we made four juices and they were fine, I then made orange juice which was delicious.

When you need to clean the juicer the whole assembly lifts out in one so you can carry it over to the sink without dripping. All the movable parts clean successfully in the dishwasher.


Gourmet Mon Petit Indulgent New Meat Recipes with Game Liver and Beef Wet Cat Food (Pack of 8)
Gourmet Mon Petit Indulgent New Meat Recipes with Game Liver and Beef Wet Cat Food (Pack of 8)
Price: £11.94

3.0 out of 5 stars Pluses and minuses, 6 July 2015
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On the plus side my cat loved this food and ate it with relish. On the down side is the price and pouch size, I have an elderly ginger tom and he needed two at a time. The food doesn't come out of the pouches easily and there was often some I could not get out


Land of Mountain and Flood: The Geology and Landforms of Scotland
Land of Mountain and Flood: The Geology and Landforms of Scotland
by Alan McKirdy
Edition: Paperback
Price: £16.59

5.0 out of 5 stars A challenging and rewarding read, 6 July 2015
My copy is a hard backed coffee-table sized book filled with beautiful pictures, clear diagrams and well written text.

Land of Mountain and Flood traces the journey of the landmass that makes up Scotland to the collision with England that raised and forward into a future of sea level rise under global warming. And what a journey.

From its first position atthe south pole Scotland moved with the tectonic plates of the earth north to straddle the equator. Lush rainforests laid down Scotland's great coal seams. Further north and Scotland was a desert, laying down sandstones. Ice, rising and falling sea levels, volcanoes and metamorphosis have created a collection of rocks incredibly diverse for such a small country.

Unlocking the secrets of Scotland's landscape has inspired many of the great leaps in the earth sciences. McKirdy and his coauthors have created a work that enabled me to look back across the great abyss of time as the land surface of our Earth has remade itself over and over.

Rarely have I had to work so hard to read a book but enjoyed the experience so much


Fates and Furies
Fates and Furies
by Lauren Groff
Edition: Hardcover

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful people elegantly written, 6 July 2015
This review is from: Fates and Furies (Hardcover)
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Lotto and Mathilde are blazing stars, both tall and striking, university graduates, married at 22 after only two weeks together. Mathilde supports Lotto as he unsuccessfully pursues an acting career and nurtures his meteoric rise to fame as a playwright. But beneath this glittering surface lies the history of two people with pasts marred by tragedy, impoverishment and the consequences of withheld love. Beautifully written, Groff makes even the unlikeable beautiful. This book shines


The Catalyst
The Catalyst
by Helena Coggan
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £10.49

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars A good story of Earth lost to aliens, but not well written, 14 Jun. 2015
This review is from: The Catalyst (Hardcover)
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Veilbreak. A great crack appears in the skies over all of Earth and through it pour souls that meld with human souls to create two kind of people: the green-eyed Gifted who share their soul with an angel and can do magic, and the grey-eyed Ashkind who cannot. After a terrible war an uneasy peace exists with the Ashkind as underclass.

Rosalyn Elmsworth (Rose) is the child of David, the power behind the Department, a militaristic intelligence service responsible for upholding the law. Into this unstable arena come the Gospel and the Regency, extremist groups on either side of the split. Rose and her dad are hiding a secret, and then there's the Demons, black eyed Ashkind who can, against the rules, do magic

The concepts are interesting but not completely original, the use of angels and demons as ciphers for good and evil and the undermining of that analogue is not new, Constantine does it exceptionally well.

However, that's not my major problem with the book, it's the writing and in particular the characterisation. Rose is a stereotypical flawed heroine with a secret, almost always brave and never passive, strongly reminiscent of Doctor Who's companion Rose. The other characters are even less three dimensional, the plucky friends who don't know her secret, the ex army dad tortured by his past, the boy secretly in love with Rose, the clichés mount up.

This isn't without it's merits but could have been much better .


Conquest (Chronicles of the Invaders 1)
Conquest (Chronicles of the Invaders 1)
by John Connolly
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £9.79

2.0 out of 5 stars Great story, shaky writing, 11 Jun. 2015
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The Ilyri have the earth, they came from beyond the stars and firmly restored peace between nations. The Ilyri are taller than humans but physically and socially very alike. The Ilyri rule is absolute, insubordination severely punished, insurrection by death. But on both sides there is dissent.

Syl is an Ilyri born on Earth, she loves to sneak with her best friend Ani out of their home in Edinburgh Castle to mix with the humans of the city in disguise. Paul and Steven are human brothers, the sons of a father killed by the Ilyri. They are part of the Resistance that harries the Ilyri with bombings and attacks.

When the four are thrown together by a pair of bombings on the street their lives mesh with high Ilyri politics, treachery and power play, and the narrative becomes an exciting ride, peril, death, danger and terrible secrets.

My major issue is with the writing, there is a lot of cliché and exposition, I felt shaken out of the story by many instances when a piece of information is given that should really be shown rather than told. These would be better woven into the fabric of the narrative itself so they do not jolt the reader out off the flow of what is a great story.


Dead Jealous (Poppy Sinclair)
Dead Jealous (Poppy Sinclair)
by Sharon Jones
Edition: Paperback
Price: £5.99

5.0 out of 5 stars A great piece of writing., 8 Jun. 2015
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Teenager Poppy Sinclair is a little bored, she has gone with her mum and step dad to the John Barleycorn pagan festival by lake Scariswater in Cumbria, mainly to escape going to Julia's 16th birthday party. Julia is Michael's girlfriend. And Michael is Poppy's best friend since childhood, but now Poppy has fallen in love with him, but keeps her secret buried even as it burns her. The first time Poppy came to the festival was when she was 8 and delighted with a new age world of tarot, goddesses and shamanism. But now she is jaded and fed up of crying. At the only van selling meat she falls for the cheeky smile of burger boy Tariq and the way he makes her feel. She hasn't felt properly alive since her near fatal sailing accident a year ago, and she is weary of her feelings for Michael.
Later she walks up to the hill overlooking the site and meets a girl Beth drowning her sorrows in a bottle of Jack Daniels after a day of searching for Maya, the girl she loved, they talk for a while. As Poppy wakes the next day she walks down to the lake determined to face her fear, but is instead felled by Beth's hands as her body floats just under the surface of the water. The police say it was an accident, but Poppy isn't convinced. Her questionings draw her into a warren of secrets and badness in which her scepticism is tested to its limits by shamanic ritual, an uncanny tarot reading and the unquiet dead. Really well written and paced, characters well drawn, enjoyed immensely.


AmazonBasics 19-Inch (48 cm) Two-Door Top-Load Pet Kennel
AmazonBasics 19-Inch (48 cm) Two-Door Top-Load Pet Kennel
Price: £24.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Lots of good features, 8 Jun. 2015
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A real improvement on our worn out cat box. The wire door is secure and the lock easy to use. The top opening panel is a really good idea, allowing me to drop our cat into the box rather than shoving him through the door. The mechanism for the top hatch is a little difficult for one person to operate but its possible. Our cat is a big cat but does fit and I think it will be secure. The sides are held in place with both clips and screws. The box comes in pieces and the construction instructions were easy to follow


Rexel Mesh Bags with Black Zip (Pack of 10)
Rexel Mesh Bags with Black Zip (Pack of 10)
Price: £20.80

5.0 out of 5 stars Great really useful product, 7 Jun. 2015
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These sturdy mesh bags are just larger than A4 and are perfect for toting around projects with lots of bits, such as my 11-year-old's friendship braid instruction book, threads and scissors or my zentangling book, sketchbook, pens and pencils. They work out at a reasonable price each. It's easy to see what is inside, and the zips across the top appear to be strong. Useful for offices, families and busy people


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