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Thirteen Reasons Why
Thirteen Reasons Why
by Jay Asher
Edition: Paperback
Price: £5.59

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing, 27 Jan 2013
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This review is from: Thirteen Reasons Why (Paperback)
As I picked up this book I'd been reading a lot of happy stories lately (or at least ones with happy endings) and was craving a change, so it seemed like exactly what I was looking for. I was also intrigued by the dual-narrative of Hannah's voice on the tapes against Clay's thoughts as he listens to them. It was depressing, and just good enough to keep me reading all the way to the end (I'm far less hesitant than some others to put a book down if I'm not enjoying it) but overall I was disappointed by it. I was expecting this book to make me a bit more emotional but I just found myself not caring that much, and not really sympathising with Hannah. Her first few reasons for her suicide seemed a bit under-whelming. Nothing that you'd wish on yourself, but they really didn't seem extreme enough to kill yourself over. Yes I know, everything is magnified in high school, and the fact that people might get affected by something more than you'd imagine is the main message of this book, but even with that in mind I still didn't find it convincing. As the reasons progressed nothing really changed. I was waiting for something really awful and shocking to happen and it just...didn't. OK, so it did get slightly worse towards the end, but still, all the way through the only word on my mind was 'over-reaction'. Suicide generally comes from the kind of hopelessness that makes you blame yourself (not everyone else) for everything and when you feel truly alone, as if no one cares for you. This isn't true in Hannah's case, which Clay points out as he tried to help her and she pushed him away. Even when Clay points this out, he still continues to feel responsible which is a natural reaction for someone in his situation but to us readers just makes Hannah less sympathetic than I feel she should be.

Speaking of which, I had a feeling there was going to be a big twist with Clay, that it would turn out that he actually hurt Hannah more than he thought, in a way that didn't occur to him before but would make complete sense when told from her point of view. If this had happened it would have been a far more effective way of demonstrating the main message I mentioned earlier. Instead Clay's part in the story was dealt with earlier than I expected and Hannah even says that he didn't really do anything wrong, and if anything she wants to apologise to him for rejecting him, but she just had to put him on the tape to complete the story. After that I wondered just how shocking/moving/any-other-cathartic-adjective-that-would-apply-if-this-book-was-written-well this book could get from then on and the answer was what I expected: not very.

In summary, there's nothing awful about this book, just quite a bit that's unconvincing, underwhelming, and makes you wish it was better.

Peep Show - Series 7 - Complete [DVD]
Peep Show - Series 7 - Complete [DVD]
Dvd ~ David Mitchell
Price: £5.40

4.0 out of 5 stars Great series, crappy DVD, 11 Jan 2012
As a review quote on the box points out, it's really unusual for a show to still be as good in its seventh series, which is why several TV series get cancelled around that point, or the creators decide to pack it in before then out of fear of staleness. And this is exactly what makes Peep Show such an accomplishment. It helps by frequently changing the situation of its characters. This does kinda break the rules of 'situation comedy' as the situation in one is usually the same all the way through the show's run, but Peep Show isn't the first sitcom to do this, and if it improves the show (which it does) then that's all that counts. An example of how the situation can change is Mark and Sophie's relationship - in the first two series he fancies her but she doesn't seem all that interested, and him trying to seduce her is one of the most crucial recurring plots in the show, then in the third series they're in a relationship and love each other, in the fourth series they're engaged but while Sophie still loves Mark, Mark has decided he actually doesn't like her that much, then in the fifth series Sophie hates his guts.

But this series changes things around more than ever! Not only is Mark now a father, but him and Jeremy have swapped roles - Mark is now unemployed, while Jeremy has suddenly got a good job with a none-too-shabby income! Then, as if the show hasn't been turned upside down enough, along comes the ending to the last episode...I won't spoil it but I'll say this: it could have been a way to end the show for good with everything up in the air, but the confirmation that there will be at least two more series of the show leaves us wondering, just what will this all mean in the future? How will things work out? One thing we don't need to wonder however is whether the show will still be good, 'coz if it's made it this far there's nothing to worry about.

Now I guess I should explain the title. Annoyingly, as good as the show is, this is the first one to not have any special features. They could have added deleted scenes ('coz obviously there were some) or they could have even added some of the interviews from 'Peep Show Night' as they are pretty interesting, and it would have been nice if there was some way of always being able to access them as I doubt they'll be repeated, meaning that they're simply left to fade into oblivion. Also, it's about time the series was released on Blu-Ray as the past few series were aired in HD. While these annoyances have knocked a star off, the most important thing is of course that the show is still good as ever, so if you're a fan then knock yourself out. Although if you're new to the series don't start here! This sitcom has quite a lot of continuity throughout so start at the beginning.

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0 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars As hair styling technology progresses, this oldie lags further and further behind..., 17 Aug 2011
This product has a lot going for it: firstly it's very versatile as it can be used to pull off pretty much any style, be it a slicked-back one, a spiky one or just a messy one. Although most products could do any style with some hard work, it's usually clear that there's one particular style they're optimised for whereas this one can do them all equally well. One disadvantage is that even though it won't fall victim to gravity, it will still usually lose the style if you lie down or lean your head on something, but as long as you can spare twenty seconds to sneakily sort it out in the mirror this shouldn't be a problem.

It says that it's meant for short hair, but this only really means hair that's not down and below your chin. As long as your hair fits that criteria, it can be as thick, or as sky-high as you like and this will still work well with only a small amount. Speaking of which, this product is very good value! Because only a small amount is needed, the fairly large tins of it will last long and when they do eventually run out it's not expensive to replenish.

So with me having given it nothing but praise so far you're probably wondering about the title and rating of this review? The big problem is how difficult it is to wash out, both from hands and hair. After applying, I washed my hands several times with soap and hot water and I could still feel a trace of the product lingering there. As for the hair? The only people this won't effect at all are people who never want their hair to be free of it, preferring to keep it styled all day and night for the rest of their lives. But for anyone else who isn't like that, be it because they regularly go somewhere where heavily-styled-hair is inappropriate, they like to use other styling products, or simply because they like to occasionally have pure fresh-feeling hair with nothing in it, then you'll either have to use a strong shampoo, and even then you'd have to use it repeatedly, or there's a special procedure with a Dax shampoo that's specially designed for removing these products, but do you really want to give a company more money because of a flaw one of their products has?

The reason this flaw is big enough to knock a hefty two-stars off this review is because it would be more acceptable if it was just an inevitability of such a strong product, but we know it isn't! These days there are several other products that have all the advantages above but don't have the flaw. One of these products is even made by Dax, which is called Dax Wax Washable. It claims that it has every single quality of this product but washes out easily, but if this is true then why do they keep on making this one? If there's still people who prefer this then surely that can only be because there's something this one has over it? If so then it means that the claim on the tin is untrue, and if not then Dax are just continuing to sell something obsolete. Who knows which one it is? Does it matter? Both are pretty bad...

TIGI Bed Head For Men Matte Separation Workable Wax 75g
TIGI Bed Head For Men Matte Separation Workable Wax 75g
Offered by HAIR ANGELS
Price: £10.75

46 of 47 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars BEST! WAX! EVER! NO EXAGGERATION!, 21 July 2011
I've reviewed quite a few hair styling products and this is the first I've given five stars to, but that is something it has definitely earned! Generally, points that work in a wax's favour are a decent scent (doesn't have to be to die for, just something you can tolerate having in your hair all day), a strong hold (and one that actually lasts for a long time, instead of starting off well then gradually flopping in a span of a few hours), a nice matte finish (the wax doesn't have to be INVISIBLE, I don't mind if it slightly darkens the hair, but I find that too many waxes have too much shine and make your hair look like you've dunked it in a vat of frying oil) and easy to wash out by simply flooding it with water and adding shampoo.

Most of the waxes I've tried satisfy some of these requirements, such as VO5's MattWax which has the matte finish and is easy to wash out, but doesn't hold very well, or Shockwave's styling wax which is way too shiny and a slightly harder to get out. Then there's Loreal's StudioLine wax which is amazingly bad! I detailed it more in my one-star review of it, but in summary it smells disgustingly alcoholic, has a useless hold, is so shiny that it's just obnoxious and is harder to wash out than anything that I've ever put in my hair before.

But, as you have probably guessed, this wax satisfies all of the above requirements! I have several different hairstyles which I randomly choose from each day, but no matter which one I decide on, this wax does the job beautifully! Neat and regular spikes, messy and random spikes, messy bedhead with no spikes, neatly slicked back, neatly slicked down, slicked back but slightly raised, even a subtle fauxhawk! It really is the best wax I've ever used, and the best one I ever will use as there is really nothing that could make it better. It's more pricey than anything from VO5 or StudioLine, but the difference in quality really is that noticeable - certainly more noticeable than the amount of weight it may relieve your wallet of.

If you've been looking for the perfect hair styling product, you've found it! I tried several cheaper ones before deciding that I should go for a more expensive one, and I don't regret doing so at all - if anything, I regret not doing it sooner!
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1.0 out of 5 stars WORST! WAX! EVER! NO EXAGGERATION!, 15 July 2011
On trying this wax out, I've gotta say that things were off to a bad start as it smelt hideously alcoholic! This was almost enough to put me off trying it at all, but no way was I wasting the good money I'd spent on it.

Now, Loreal's studio line range has a scale out of 5 on the tub/tube for each of their products for how strong the product's hold is. This one is a 4, which would make you expect a strong hold that would last you at least throughout the day, with just one point knocked off from the big 5 as it doesn't make it rock hard like a strong glue would, which is to be expected as wax is never meant to be hardening, otherwise it's...well, most likely not actually wax!

Try working it into your hair and you have reason to expect that this product is going to turn out well, as it shapes the style that you want quite effectively and doesn't show any signs of weakening anytime soon. How wrong you are! Within the first hour it will have started weakening and after a few more it will have completely disappeared!

When I say disappeared, of course, I only mean the style! As for the residue and the alcoholic smell? They stick around for much longer. Even when you try washing your hair, it doesn't wash out particularly easily, something which seriously sets it back, because with the technology we have in this day and age, being difficult to wash out is pretty much inexcusable - any product from the likes of VO5, Brylcreem, got2b etc. disappears within seconds of shampoo being put in the hair!

The only other product that gets away with being this hard to wash out these days is Pomade, which is quite similar to most waxes, except it never dries and is harder to wash out, which is just like this wax. So, could this wax be marketed as a pomade instead? Definitely not, as the advantage Pomade has is that it has a very strong hold (it's petroleum based, so its effect is similar to if you put Vaseline in your hair), which as detailed above, certainly doesn't apply to this product.

If you want a pomade, buy a pomade. If you want a wax, buy a different wax. Whatever you do, avoid this product at all costs!
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Garnier Fructis Style Manga Head Free Style Putty 150ml
Garnier Fructis Style Manga Head Free Style Putty 150ml
Offered by Direct Pharmacy
Price: £4.45

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Holds well depending on the style, can't do anything too extreme in spite of the product's title!, 15 July 2011
When you open this product up it may look like there's not much of it, however this is simply because you need only dip two or three fingers in without even scooping, work it between your hands and already you'll have enough to work your style, with a nice matt finish so that your head doesn't look like you've dunked it in a deep-fryer!

So why does it only get 3 stars? Because although it is good, it's not good enough compared to the expectations that the product's name may provoke. Although it can create 'messed-up spikes' like it says on the tub, they should have left it there. However, they just HAD to spoil it and also write 'manga head' on the tub as well.

I don't know what mangas they've been looking at but almost all of them are too wild and complex for this product. It can certainly create a simple messed up style by casually scrunching and rubbing a bit into your hair, but if you dream of having hair like Goku from Dragon Ball, Shobu from Duel Masters or pretty much anyone from Bleach, and you think you've finally found the product for you, then I'm afraid you'd best crush your dreams, because there's no way this product will pull any of them off.

Don't get me wrong, I'm not saying it would be realistic to expect that a hair styling product for home use could pull of such mad hairstyles, just that you shouldn't advertise that you can do it otherwise you'll be disappointing a lot of people! If you want to look like any of the characters mentioned above, just use a wig!
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VO5 Extreme Style Rework Putty - 150 ml
VO5 Extreme Style Rework Putty - 150 ml
Price: £3.79

3 of 7 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Does a hair product that can hold for ages but can be reworked at any time sound too good to be true? It is., 15 July 2011
The idea of this product is that you can mould your hair into any mad style and it will hold, but you can also restyle it throughout the day if you feel like it.

The trouble is that in order to be reworkable the hold has to be weakened, after all it can't be one of those rock-hard frozen holds can it? Unfortunately, the weakened hold means that if it's a sticky-uppy hairdo, it won't take long after styling to fall flat and make you look a bit silly.

What's more, although the hair can be moved around, it can't properly be reworked substantially without shedding some hair in the process. And even if you manage to rework it into another style you want, once again, it won't be long before it falls flat.

Overall, VO5's rework fibre putty is a product that tries to combine strong hold with reworkableness (I know, that isn't a word) and ends up doing neither particularly well!

Spyborgs (Wii)
Spyborgs (Wii)
Offered by 6 Hungry Weasels
Price: £5.84

1 of 11 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing, 30 Aug 2009
= Fun:2.0 out of 5 stars 
This review is from: Spyborgs (Wii) (Video Game)
This first appeared in 2008 as an interesting looking game. It was based around a saturday morning kids action show, which had five different superheroes each with their own cool powers, progressing through varied stages balanced between action and puzzles, usually solved with one of the special abilities of one of the characters. The levels were divided by 'commercial breaks' which included mini games satirically based around adverts of fictional products. As the first trailer showed, one of them involved mutant goldfish playing banjos in an advert for toilet unblocking stuff. It's quite simple, a game that involves that just can't be bad. Seriously! Overall, the game looked to be humorous and unique, and I among many others was looking forward to it.

It disappeared for about a year, but now it has reappeared, stripped of two of the main spyborgs, the kids action show feel, the minigames, the puzzling sections, and pretty much everything else that made the game look unique. All that remains is repetitive shooting and bashing. Followed by more shooting. And then some more bashing. I'm really disappointed that this game has changed like that, as it has not improved it at all. Okay, the graphics look nice, and I like it's attempt at adding 360 style achievements, but the old version was better. There are some puzzles in it, but they're very generic in terms of problem and solution. Another thing people have been praising is the focus on two player co-op, but quite often, games that focus too much on it become boring in single player. There may be some people that this will appeal to more, but I'm not one of them.

EDIT: In response to comments, I've played the game since and haven't changed my mind about it!
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The Natural History of Umbracula: A Definitive Study of a New Species
The Natural History of Umbracula: A Definitive Study of a New Species
by Alison Winfield-Chislett
Edition: Paperback

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Hilarious, 23 Mar 2009
Intelligent and hilarious, you'll wish that you'd had the idea to take photos of stray umbrellas. Winfield-Chislett is a sadly undiscovered comic genius who would clearly be the one at a party who has the funniest jokes and who everyone wishes they knew. I wish I did!

The Vicar of Dibley - Holy Wholly Happy Ending [DVD]
The Vicar of Dibley - Holy Wholly Happy Ending [DVD]
Dvd ~ Dawn French

28 of 29 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars PLEASE READ THIS!, 3 May 2008
This is a very good DVD with a very good ending to a very good sitcom, HOWEVER, don't buy the combination of this with the complete Vicar of Dibley DVD. If you put these collections together, you will have the same contents as 'The Vicar of Dibley Ultimate Collection', but if you just buy that instead, it costs over £20 less. So, the message is: DON'T BUY THIS WITH THE COMPLETE COLLECTION, BUY THE ULTIMATE COLLECTION INSTEAD AS IT IS CHEAPER.
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