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Scandinavian Christmas Stockings: Classic Designs to Knit for the Holidays
Scandinavian Christmas Stockings: Classic Designs to Knit for the Holidays
by Mette N. Handberg
Edition: Paperback
Price: £10.68

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book but be warned - the stockings are small, 1 Feb. 2015
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This is an absolutely wonderful, inspiring book. Lots of lovely designs and motifs that offer a different type of Christmas imagery than what I am used to here in the UK. Dancing stick men and women, reindeer and cats worked in black; hearts and flowers; teddy bear and snowflakes. Worked using the traditional Christmas colours we're used to in the UK - red, white, green - but mixed up with sludgy greys and and blues (and black, as previously mentioned) that work tremendously well. I am itching to get started!

There are approximately 22 patterns for stockings, and patterns for a pair of mittens, an elf cap, and leg warmers.

My caveat concerns the size of the stockings. They are small. They are worked with 2 - and 3-ply wool on US-size 2-3 needles and are 60-66 stitches wide. I haven't completed one yet, but the test piece that I did using 3-ply wool on size 3.25 needles over 64 stitches measures 10 inches across. So the the finished stocking is going to measure around 5 inches across, which is smaller that I'd expected.

Now, if you know what you're doing, this isn't a problem, because you can use thicker wool and bigger needles; and if you're really confident you can scale up the number of stitches too.

The book is worth buying for the charts alone, which can be adapted and used in jumpers, scarves, etc. The charts include (in addition to the designs for the individual stockings and items) three alphabet charts for personalising the stockings; a chart of numbers; and some 'runner' designs for borders.

The authentic wool cannot be bought in the UK (not anywhere I've found anyway) but can be got online. And really you can use easy-to-come-by Shetland or any other 2, 3 or 4-ply wool as a substitute so don't let the wool issue put you off.


Boxer
Boxer
Price: £7.99

0 of 6 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars I am giving this item a one-star review because it ..., 6 Jan. 2015
This review is from: Boxer (Audio CD)
I am giving this item a one-star review because it does not come with a lyric sheet. After listening to the songs several times, I am unable to make out the lyrics, which are a very important component of a song. How much trouble would it have been to include a lyrics sheet with the packaging? And how arrogant not to.
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Absolute Pleasure
Absolute Pleasure
Price: £13.66

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars If you like listening to a live audience...., 2 Jan. 2014
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This review is from: Absolute Pleasure (Audio CD)
...then this is the CD for you. The band's performance is humdrum, but the engineering quality is so poor that they are hard to make out against the noise of the audience.


The Darker Side
The Darker Side
by Cody McFadyen
Edition: Paperback
Price: £8.99

1.0 out of 5 stars Smoky Barrett is a fraud, 9 Jun. 2013
This review is from: The Darker Side (Paperback)
She is a detective who doesn't actually do any detecting. At least not in this book.
She is supposed to be a manhunter in the Will Graham/early Alex Cross mould; someone with spidey senses that allow them to get into the minds of criminals and use the insights thus gained to track them down.
Well, half way through the book - with three murders to go on - the only insight she has is that the killer might be a Roman Catholic. Well, since part of his MO involves a crucufix.......
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SPOILER ALERT
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Then, over half way through the book, one of her team ACCIDENTALLY come across a YouTube video in which the killer provides a full account of what he's doing and why he's doing it.!!!!!! Yes - accidentally, whilst surfing the net in their leisure time. At this point I stopped reading. As a reader, I deserve better than this type of cheat. I want detectives who work things out, convincingly, not unconvincing strokes of luck.
This book reminds me very much of the later Alex Cross novels; in the earlier ones, he was convincingly established as an ace profiler, but in the later ones he just runs around the country scratching his head with bafflement whilst the bodies mount up, bewailing the fact that the perp has outfoxed him - the Great Alex Cross - yet again.


Nerf Super Soaker Scatter Blast
Nerf Super Soaker Scatter Blast

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Broken or faulty, 6 Feb. 2013
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The one I got didn't work - the pump action did nothing - and I had to go to the bother of sending it back


The Soul Collectors (Darby McCormick)
The Soul Collectors (Darby McCormick)
by Chris Mooney
Edition: Paperback
Price: £6.99

1.0 out of 5 stars This is a seriously wierd, seriously flawed book, 8 Aug. 2012
This story starts out as an adventuristic crime thriller, with a gung-ho heroine who - despite being blown up/put down regularly - still keeps going after the baddies. This level of escapism I can live with, although it is not what I expected. What I do find very unsatisfactory is that the nature of her protagonist(s) just does not hold up. They are portrayed as having endless resources - for example access to, and the ability to handle, a collection of rare deadly spiders; access to sarin gas; access to state-of-the-art tracking devices and the equipment needed to monitor them; crack-shot snipers on their side and an array of fire power; knowledge of IED devices; the ability to zip backwards and forwards across state lines in gangs, running rings around the local constabulary, the FBI, the Secret Service AND our plucky heroine. All whilst mad as hatters, deformed to the point of grotesqueness and living underground with no electricity. I know that fiction requires a suspension of disbelief, but this is really pushing it.
Also, at the end, nothing is explained.


Take Shelter [DVD]
Take Shelter [DVD]
Dvd ~ Jessica Chastain
Price: £5.99

5 of 14 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Imperfect Storm, 14 May 2012
This review is from: Take Shelter [DVD] (DVD)
I read good reviews of this film from critics whose opinion I value, and was expecting a psychological thriller along the lines of 'is this man going mad, or are his fears real'. I had high hopes for it. Seven out of seven of us found it boring, to the point that two of the gang went off to do the washing up.
The film has scene after scene after scene of the main character yet again agonising over his mental health before then going out and doing something stupid. The point about his dilemma - am I sane; and, if so, why do I have these strong urges that I cannot find rational grounds for? - was made time after time after time, at the expense of moving the plot along (or so we thought. At the end of the film we find out that this repetition of behaviours WAS the plot.
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Compulsion: An Alex Delaware Thriller
Compulsion: An Alex Delaware Thriller
Price: £3.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Wierd, rushed ending, 11 April 2012
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Am I the only reader to have found the ending to this novel a bit rushed and unsatisfactory? The way the main plot, in particular, gets resolved requires a huge dose of serendipity, and illogical behaviour on the part of the baddie.


Three Stations
Three Stations
by Martin Cruz Smith
Edition: Paperback
Price: £7.99

6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars AN example of what the 1* and 2* reviewers are on about, 30 Oct. 2011
This review is from: Three Stations (Paperback)
Just to give an example of what the 1* and 2* reviewers are on about. On pages 24 - 27 you have a detailed description of the long-standing character Zhenya observing Maya being disbelieved and mis-treated by the militia police. On page 39, after Zhenya and Maya have hooked up as allies after she has escaped the disbelieving militia WITH HIS HELP, a new chapter begins with 'Zhenya didn't understand why Maya refused to go to the militia.' A fundamental error that should have been picked up and tightened by the editors. I love Renko - he deserves better.


Moonlight Mile
Moonlight Mile
by Dennis Lehane
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £4.95

3 of 7 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Gone, 27 Feb. 2011
This review is from: Moonlight Mile (Hardcover)
A very slow, unrealistic plot, full of loopholes. Snitty male characters, stereotypical villians and a sort-of 'what happened' ending. Female characters who are hardly there, with the purpose of the main female lead to alternately support the hero to the hilt and then change her mind and cause him a dilemma. Lots of rants about what's wrong with society, dull stuff about the rug rat. I had to force myself to finish it, but it was so mind numbing that I'd be pushed to give you a coherent account of who did what to whom, and why. The American amazon web site is chock-full with one star reviews for this book. Please check them out before buying it.


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