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The House is Full of Yogis
The House is Full of Yogis
by Will Hodgkinson
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £10.39

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars An alternative way to look at life, 26 July 2014
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Basically a story of Nev ( Will's father ) who is not satisfied with the way his life is panning out and it takes a severe dose of salmonella poisoning to make him take stock change direction and join a cult. Cults like this have been around for ages and if you're susceptible to their message it only takes a small push ( or in Will's father's case a near death episode ) to make you jump ship. Religions and cults serve as a way for humans to make themselves happy and give them reason to carry on - not everyone needs that reassurance but if you do ,go for it , who knows one of the myriad choices may actually be correct you just have to pick the one that you find acceptable. Whatever awaits us when we die will always be a subject that causes lots of controversy but whatever it is the main thing we need in this life is simply to be happy and not to impose what you believe on anyone else unless they genuinely want to know. You don't have to be a member of a Religion or Cult to be spiritual !!


Secrets She Left Behind (A Topsail Island novel - Book 2)
Secrets She Left Behind (A Topsail Island novel - Book 2)
Price: £4.79

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Second part of "Before the Storm ", 21 July 2014
The second part of the excellent novel " Before the Storm " but contains a lot of that novel so can be speed read in parts. Maggie spends much of the novel enduring prejudice from people she used to regard as friends and she still feels wracked with guilt. Keith's mother has also disappeared giving an extra dimension to the story - but you must read " Before the Storm " first so that all the characters make sense.


The Escape Artist
The Escape Artist
Price: £3.59

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Tug of love baby !!, 21 July 2014
This review is from: The Escape Artist (Kindle Edition)
Excellent story about a wronged wife who risks losing her 11 month old baby just because of a Judge's wrong decision and her lawyer ex-husband with his new wife's determination to wrest the child from her. After losing the court battle she decides to get as far away as possible with her baby , make a new life and disappear for ever. Another Diane Chamberlain book that you won't be able to put down


Summer's Child
Summer's Child
Price: £2.00

9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Up to her usual standard, 21 July 2014
This review is from: Summer's Child (Kindle Edition)
Another excellent mystery by Diane Chamberlain where an eleven year old girl finds a new born baby abandoned on the beach in front of the holiday cottage they're staying in and no-one seems to be able to find who had given birth to her. Fast forward twenty two years and the child , adopted by her parents, is still living with the girl in the same cottage and the mystery of her birth still hasn't been solved when the presenter of a program that investigates similar mysteries is contacted by the girl to try and find her birth mother. The presenter also happened to be one of the children who was holidaying at the same place when she was abandoned so he has a vested interest in the case. Plenty of red herrings and false leads make this a book the grabs you from the start and I doubt you'll guess the final outcome - Excellent mystery and brilliant ending.


Before the Storm
Before the Storm
by Diane Chamberlain
Edition: Paperback
Price: £7.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent page turner., 18 July 2014
This review is from: Before the Storm (Paperback)
Excellent novel about Andy who suffers from foetal alcohol syndrome and is accused of burning down a church hall full of adolescents and adults having a sleep over. The book raises many topics including antinatal depression, prejudice and alcoholism. After reading you should follow with the equally excellent novel by the same author " Secrets She Left Behind" that carries the story on to its conclusion.


Problem Child [DVD]
Problem Child [DVD]
Dvd ~ John Ritter
Price: £2.70

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Too corny and predictable to stand the test of time., 14 July 2014
This review is from: Problem Child [DVD] (DVD)
Was probably good many years ago when it first came out on VHS but now seems dated and rather stupid - but it's worth watching if you've got nothing better to do but the humour is terribly slapstick and corny although there are a few politically in-correct scenes that probably would not get through the PC Police now.


CafePress Surfing Evolution Greeting Card - 4x5.6 Multi-color
CafePress Surfing Evolution Greeting Card - 4x5.6 Multi-color

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars No 1 for unusual designs and quick delivery, 14 July 2014
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Excellent value and unusual design that doesn't seem to be available in normal card shops and super fast delivery.


Top Hook
Top Hook
Price: £2.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Too wordy !!, 14 July 2014
This review is from: Top Hook (Kindle Edition)
Reasonable story about espionage and a high level mole in the CIA who appears to be passing secrets to the Chinese and deflecting suspicion from himself by making innocent colleagues appear guilty. It starts off very well but gets tedious especially the account of sorties from the USS Thomas Jefferson that are wordy to the point of tedium and are best speed read or omitted altogether. Another book that's stretched to nearly 600 pages but would have been much better if all the padding had been left out.


Blow Dry [DVD] [2001]
Blow Dry [DVD] [2001]
Dvd ~ Alan Rickman

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Light hearted comedy, 10 July 2014
This review is from: Blow Dry [DVD] [2001] (DVD)
With a plethora of stars ranging from Bill Nighy to Alan Rickman and Warren Clarke with lots of others thrown in for good measure a film can't be bad but this offering comes pretty close. It's set in 2000 but looks as if it were set in the late 1970's and is about a national hairdressing competition with so much campness it nearly doesn't work but somehow it does. Not in the least way highbrow but funny enough to make it worth watching - if you've seen and liked "Very Annie Mary" you'll like this film.


The Joy of Six [DVD] [2012]
The Joy of Six [DVD] [2012]
Dvd ~ Judi Dench
Price: £9.70

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A bit too experimental !!, 7 July 2014
This review is from: The Joy of Six [DVD] [2012] (DVD)
Six short films ranging from five minutes to twenty minutes all providing a glimpse of how we behave in common situations from getting to grips with the internet to sexual hang-ups but looking at the situations from an off hand and sometimes humorous way. Some of the films make you sit back and think " Yes that's what society has become - and we're poorer off because of it ". Worth watching to make you reflect on where humanity is headed !!


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