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Haunted: Number 5 in series (Otherworld)
Haunted: Number 5 in series (Otherworld)
by Kelley Armstrong
Edition: Paperback
Price: 6.88

2.0 out of 5 stars Rather silly, 4 Jun 2014
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This volume mirrors the first two, with the respective "heroines" endlessly agonising over their respective men. And this time it is all happening in an extremely contrived supernatural setting. A sad letdown from the previous volume "Industrial Magic", when it seemed that Ms Armstrong had at last found her stride.


The Viognier Vendetta (Wine Country Mysteries)
The Viognier Vendetta (Wine Country Mysteries)
by Ellen Crosby
Edition: Hardcover

2.0 out of 5 stars Poorly researched, sloppily written, 19 May 2014
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This book, the (presumably) last in the series, concentrates all the failings of the previous four:

1. It gets facts wrong, describing a British knight (Sir Thomas Asher) as a "peer" and an "aristocrat", when clearly this was a bought knighthood.
2. It (like previous ones) has a supposedly upper-class (or would-be upper-class) Brits address Lucie with "love" in casual conversation, as if we were in Coronation Street
3. The connections with wine are extremely superficial, as is, by all appearances, the author's knowledge
4. The heroine's emotional insecurity (and, in fact, her winemaker's insecurity, poorly disguised by macho bravado) have by now become extremely irritating

On the positive side, this book is more interesting as a thriller than the earlier volumes, and it does represent an unwitting critique of capitalism - "a fool and his money...", most of the figures in this book being either crooks or fools.


Bitten: Number 1 in series (Otherworld)
Bitten: Number 1 in series (Otherworld)
by Kelley Armstrong
Edition: Paperback
Price: 5.59

2.0 out of 5 stars What a pathetic protagonist, 9 May 2014
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The fundamental flaw of this book is to have such a weak character, who always defers to male Pack members (after token resistance), actually recounting the plot. That simply doesn't work, in the sense that one stops caring what happens to such a feeble "heroine".

The male werewolves (both Pack members and "mutts") come across as stereotypical macho types, but unfortunately machismo always wins in this novel. (The redundant, stereotypical sex scenes, which can fortunately be skipped without missing anything, are part of the same pattern.)

Presumably this was written for a certain market; but Ilona Andrews ("Magic" series) or Michelle Sagara ("Cast in..." series) do that type of fantasy incomparably better. Kelley Armstrong should learn from them.


Firebirds Rising: An Anthology of Original Science Fiction and Fantasy
Firebirds Rising: An Anthology of Original Science Fiction and Fantasy
by Sharyn November
Edition: Paperback
Price: 5.88

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2.0 out of 5 stars A very loose definition of YA, 1 May 2014
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This collection is unlikely to be of much interest to anybody above, say, 14. The target audience age would seem to be between 12 and 14: Mostly simplistic writing, clichés abounding, twee settings - barely readable (and thus rather pointless) for more mature audiences.


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Price: 21.99

1.0 out of 5 stars Did not work, 3 Feb 2014
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When the OEM cartridge had run out we replaced it with this one - but the message to replace toner kept coming up. So compatibility is questionable (of course the Colour Direct cartridge we had may have been defective).

Regrettably: Stick with Brother originals.


Intruder (Foreigner Novels)
Intruder (Foreigner Novels)
by C. J. Cherryh
Edition: Mass Market Paperback
Price: 4.66

2.0 out of 5 stars Time to stop, 21 Jan 2014
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The plotlines are getting thinner and the style is becoming increasingly formulaic - as if the text, and especially the dialogue, were computer-generated. And one irritating aspect of earlier volumes (endless fussing over Toby and Barb) has been replaced by equally tedious, puerile musings by Cajeiri that would not be of any interest to an audience above YA. FAR too much padding. This should be a quarter of the actual size, and the style needs drastic revision/revitalising.


Kong Catnip Spray
Kong Catnip Spray
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Price: 5.99

1.0 out of 5 stars Waste of money, 19 Dec 2013
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This review is from: Kong Catnip Spray (Misc.)
Both our two cats expressed no more than a faint initial interest in cat beds repeatedly sprayed with this article. The scent in fact fades very quickly - the concentration is just too low, hardly surprising in an aqueous medium.


Guardians of Paradise (Hidden Empire)
Guardians of Paradise (Hidden Empire)
by Jaine Fenn
Edition: Paperback
Price: 6.56

2.0 out of 5 stars Unfocused, 18 Aug 2013
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This third instalment gives the impression of having written before the first two ("Principles of Angels" and "Consorts of Heaven":

It contains numerous strands that are barely woven together, the writing is far less tight than in the "earlier" two volumes, character motivation is superficial (especially the implausible relationship between Nual and Taro), the intended audience seems to be adolescents (again, both in terms of writing style and content), and the overall sensation one is left with is boredom at a pointless story populated with uninteresting characters. For example, both Jarek (the "Sais" from "Consorts") and Nual have degenerated into caricatures of their previous depictions.

Ultimately, the whole concept (humanity threatened by an age-old enemy with supernatural powers) outstays its welcome.


Revolutionary Girl Utena: Black Rose Sage Set 2 Le [DVD] [US Import]
Revolutionary Girl Utena: Black Rose Sage Set 2 Le [DVD] [US Import]
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Price: 27.68

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2.0 out of 5 stars No improvement on the "Student Council Saga", 10 July 2013
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Again, a disappointment.

All the comments I made on the "Student Council Saga" (see my review) still apply. There is marginally less "humour", but on the other hand the repetitive sequences are even more repetitive. Viewing the set became a chore rather than enjoyable.


Revolutionary Girl Utena: Student Council Saga [DVD] [US Import]
Revolutionary Girl Utena: Student Council Saga [DVD] [US Import]
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Price: 30.65

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2.0 out of 5 stars What's all the fuss about?, 10 July 2013
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This was enormously disappointing - so many positive, even glowing reviews on Amazon.com, and the reality is:

- Artwork and animation are very old-fashioned, even primitive
- Attempts at "humour" are mishandled and out of place
- whole sequences are repeated unchanged in every episode - an obvious further cost saver in an already cheaply made production
- several episodes contribute nothing to the "plot".

About 20% of the advertised run time bears watching - the rest I fast-forwarded. Poor value in terms of money and time spent.

Who is the "Anime Insider" describing this as 'One of the ten "Best Anime Ever"' (back cover)? One could easily name a dozen far better than this.
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