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Aussie Shower Gel Body Wash Mega Watt 250 ml - Pack of 6
Aussie Shower Gel Body Wash Mega Watt 250 ml - Pack of 6
Price: £17.94

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Love the texture, smell not so much, 20 Feb. 2015
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
This was a difficult one to rate as me and my daughter differed in opinion. There is no doubt that the foam generated is luxuriant and leaves the skin smelling gorgeous without any residue. But I found the smell nauseating, although my daughter who is hypersensitive to smell did not. So kind of divided


Oral-B PRO 2000 Pink Electric Rechargeable Toothbrush
Oral-B PRO 2000 Pink Electric Rechargeable Toothbrush
Price: £34.99

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good powerful cleaning, 20 Feb. 2015
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A good electric toothbrush for use by my 11 year old. It charges off a shaver point and the first full charge does take quite a long time. The toothbrush handle sits in the charger point base with no issues. The head fits securely into the handle. You do need to start the toothbrush up inside your mouth once you've put toothpaste on or it will fly everywhere. The brush is quite noisy but not offensively so, the sensation of the brush moving is not unpleasant. On this model there are two modes, you turn the brush on by holding down the power button, raised so easy to find by touch alone, and press again to engage the second mode. The brush stops briefly periodically to remind you to move to a different set of teeth then there is a more extended buzz to signal the 2 minutes recommended brushing time is up. A red light on the handle that is easily visible when the head is in your mouth lights up if you are pressing too hard, I thought this was a really useful feature. A good addition for cleaner teeth, if you don't mind pink!


Mind Change: How digital technologies are leaving their mark on our brains
Mind Change: How digital technologies are leaving their mark on our brains
by Susan Greenfield
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £16.59

4.0 out of 5 stars Evidence based and deeply thought provoking, 16 Feb. 2015
Thought provoking, this was a book I took notes from and continued to think about after I'd finished it. Greenfield chapter by chapter addresses the ways in which the potential plasticity of the human brain interacts with internet technology and gaming. She uses reams of experimental data and is not afraid to admit to contradictions and grey areas. I found it incredibly useful as a framework to reflect on how thousands of years of human evolution has or has not prepared us for technology that has and is changing so fast.


Horns
Horns
by Joe Hill
Edition: Paperback
Price: £6.74

4.0 out of 5 stars Something completely new and deceptively philosophically complex., 14 Feb. 2015
This review is from: Horns (Paperback)
Ignatius Perrish, known as Ig, has woken up with a raging hangover, no memory of the night before and a set of horns breaking through the skin of his forehead. The drinking was down to it being the anniversary of his beloved Merrin's rape and murder, a crime for which his home town largely believes he got away with scot free because he has a rich daddy. As Ig talks to his girlfriend Glenna things become even more weird. Not only does she not see the horns, she appears unable to stop herself confessing her sins to him, in this case oral sex with Ig's one time best friend Lee. As Ig travels through his home town to his parent's house he finds not only that the people he encounters confess to him, but he can access their entire life history with a jolt when he touches them, and can influence them to act out their suppressed desires. As his horns grow he goes in search of the truth about Merrin's death and flashbacks of his childhood in the little town and memories of Merrin tell us more about him and his friends and family. I loved the theological core of this book: Ig has been let down by God who is theoretically the force for good versus the evil of Saran. Whatever Ig did on the night he got drunk and can't remember has resulted into him turning into the devil, but this embodiment of evil can be a force for good and rightness. Like nothing else I've read, an author I will be looking out for.


Ajax Penumbra: 1969
Ajax Penumbra: 1969
by Robin Sloan
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £7.99

4.0 out of 5 stars Great but short prequel, 14 Feb. 2015
This review is from: Ajax Penumbra: 1969 (Hardcover)
Loved this prequel to Mr Penumbra's 24 Hour Bookstore. It's a slight book, more novella. We meet Ajax Penumbra as a young man working on the acquisition of rare occult texts for a very special library. He comes to San Francisco at the height of the Summer of Love in 1969 in search of a lost book of prophecy and just when he has despaired stumbles across the 24 Hour Book Store and people who can help him. Just loved the ideas in this, the history of San Francisco as buried archaeology, the hints Penumbra gets as to the true nature of the store. My only complaint is I wanted more!


Saint Odd (Odd Thomas 7)
Saint Odd (Odd Thomas 7)
by Dean Koontz
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £9.00

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful conclusion to the series, 14 Feb. 2015
In this the finale of Koontz's Odd Thomas series of books. Odd returns to his home town of Palo Alto which he left over a year ago following the death of his beloved girl Stormy. He has roamed America, drawn to where he is needed, coming to the aid of the mute spirits of the restless dead that only he can see and thwarting the plans of wicked people driven by devotion to darker forces. Now he is compelled to return home to the desert town of Palo Alto by the premonition that the satanic cult he defeated in his most recent encounter have Armageddon level plans for the little town. Although Odd at first works covertly Koontz swiftly switches into top gear and creates a last stand for Odd that is beautifully crafted and paced.

I would advise readers to take on the rest of the series first. It isn't so much that Saint Odd cannot be read on its own, it can, but the newbie would not have a full understanding of the character of ever humorous truly humble Odd and comprehend the attachment to him that so many fans have.

There are also story elements the uninitiated would miss out on. Followers know that Stormy and Odd were given a prediction by the mummy of a gypsy fortune teller that said they would be together forever before she was gunned down by the spree killers Odd thwarts in the first book. Therefore much of the pleasure of Saint Odd is that unlike previous episodes the clued up reader knows what is going to happen to Odd and the joy is in the journey. We meet again characters cherished by Odd. Koontz carefully crafts a fitting last tribute to a most beloved character that includes many tropes Koontz has touched on before including beatitude, parental abuse, humility, the supernatural, evil and the nobility and iniquity of human nature. My personal favourite element was Koontz's return to the setting of the fairground, a place where the strange meets the mundane that Koontz has written about many times right back to his early books such as Twilight Eyes. I love his descriptions of this liminal world where the weird and outsiders find acceptance among the world of the carnies.

This is the power of, to borrow a quote, a good man gone to war, and is dazzling and heartbreaking.


Foxglove Summer (Rivers of London 5)
Foxglove Summer (Rivers of London 5)
by Ben Aaronovitch
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £10.49

5.0 out of 5 stars Magic without sentimentality, 14 Feb. 2015
Peter Grant, the junior detective on the much mocked occult division of the Metropolitan Police, is sent to the countryside to help with the investigation into the disappearance of two young girls. This is in contrast to the dark grit of his usual haunts on the streets of London and allows for plenty of entertaining misadventures. At first, as Grant stumbles through a world of river spirits, bees and an ancient Roman road it really seems as if he's not needed. But things do in time take a turn for the weird and Grant finds himself in combat with fierce and bloody forces.

I waited with baited breath for Aaronvitch's new book and wasn't disappointed. He surprises by turning from the ongoing story in his previous books of a psychopathic spirit and murderous ex-partner to a rural idyll and a warm relationship with the dazzling Beverley Brook, roaming spirit of a Thames tributary. it seems almost as if he isn't needed and the only weird is a retired member of the magic brigade and his fey bee loving daughter. But when the weird comes it is written with an earthiness that makes it utterly convincing, compelling and refreshing. Loved it.


Pure Jongo T4X Wireless Speaker with Wi-Fi and Bluetooth - Ice
Pure Jongo T4X Wireless Speaker with Wi-Fi and Bluetooth - Ice
Price: £138.10

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Don't buy this, would give 0 stars if I could, 10 Feb. 2015
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
Well, when I first plugged this in, installed the app on my tablet and used it for the first time it didn't seem too troublesome. The app successfully connected to the wireless with my password, the Bluetooth connection was fine and I happily streamed some music from my Spotify. You don't need to be subscribed to Spotify and you can play from anything through the Bluetooth: iPlayer radio, Google Play, etc. My only concern then was knowing that Bluetooth is quite power hungry, when I'm listening to music via my car stereo I always plug my phone in to charge at the same time.

But then I switched on the next morning for a lazy listen to the radio in bed and spent two hours fighting with it before I gave up. The issue is that the connection drops out, and from looking at the Google Play app store I'm far from alone. I tried everything, going through the app troubleshooting, disconnecting and reconnecting, checking my wireless signal (full power), asking my family to come offline on their devices but nothing worked. Don't buy it.


Kent's Kitchen Beef Gravy 220 g (Pack of 3)
Kent's Kitchen Beef Gravy 220 g (Pack of 3)
Price: £8.40

4.0 out of 5 stars Good tasting for gravy or stock, 10 Feb. 2015
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
This is a thick goop that dissolves fairly easily in boiling water. The instructions are for gravy starting the goop mixed with water cold and bringing to the boil, but it worked fine as stock. It mostly dissolved well but there was a bit of residue. The made up gravy is a good tasting cloudy mixture, not too salty or bland. There is no use by date so this would last a very long time. And it is indeed gluten free.


Airfix 1:48 Scale Red Arrows Model Kit
Airfix 1:48 Scale Red Arrows Model Kit
Price: £16.99

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars How many?, 10 Feb. 2015
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
I found this kit a little misleading as it has three Red Arrows on the cover but the kit is for only one aeroplane. It's a standard Airfix model, fiddly but satisfying. The kit includes the model, decals and instructions but no cement (glue), paints or paintbrush and these do cost about another £12, if you don't have a good range you are better getting one of the kits that comes with them.


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