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Homefront 34" 2 in 1 Remote Control Tower Fan + TIO2 Air Cleaner System
Homefront 34" 2 in 1 Remote Control Tower Fan + TIO2 Air Cleaner System
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Price: £89.50

0 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good fan, 11 Aug 2012
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I love this fan. Because of its shape, it doesn't take up much floor or storage space but it's powerful & quiet enough for me to sleep through on the lowest setting. Only issue is that the back keeps falling off the poorly built remote but I can live with that.


The Steel Remains (Gollancz)
The Steel Remains (Gollancz)
by Richard K. Morgan
Edition: Paperback
Price: £7.19

2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic!, 25 July 2009
This is the first book I've read by Morgan but I'll certainly be checking out his other stuff because I liked his writing style a great deal. I can often work out what's going to happen in books but he kept me guessing right to the very end, which I always enjoy.

It's rare that I'm sold on a book within the first paragraph but I was instantly sucked into Richard Morgan's world and the first couple of pages saw me laughing out loud. Amidst its brutal and often sinister plot, I found the occasional humour entirely delightful. I knocked a single star off because the plotting is sometimes a little confusing and it can be hard to keep track of who's who, especially in the beginning but the writing managed to overcome that for me. And if this is the first of a series, hopefully things that are currently a little obscure will become clearer in later books.

I see some people are complaining about 'gratuitous' gay sex scenes. I thought all the sex scenes were entirely integral to the plot and although they were certainly explicit, they were also fairly short and not that frequent - we're not talking 'Laurell K. Hamilton style porn with a bit of plot thrown in' here, folks! They didn't feel 'bolted on' to me, they were just part of the story and I felt they helped explain the nature of the characters.

I can't help noticing that fewer people are complaining about the equally explicit heterosexual scenes or the two violent rape scenes. Sure, the gay sex won't be to everyone's taste and I think it's worth being aware that it might make you uncomfortable but if you're not equally disturbed by the same level of explicitness in the straight sex scenes, then you might want to ask yourself just why that is. Personally, I thought it was fantastic to see a complex gay man as a lead character in a fantasy novel - rock on with your wild, bad self, Ringil!


Leviathan
Leviathan
by Philip Hoare
Edition: Paperback
Price: £7.69

41 of 44 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars My top book of the year so far, 15 July 2009
This review is from: Leviathan (Paperback)
This book absolutely blew me away.

I'm a sucker for books that meander through different areas of human knowledge and Leviathan does this with almost effortless aplomb. Hoare delves into literature, history, science, anecdote, anthropology and art to explore our long and often difficult relationship with whales. Hoare manages to dive between poetic lyrical writing and the harshest of scientific facts with only an occasional misstep.

His writing just soars - I was alternatively speechless with wonder, livid with anger, enraptured with awe and on several occasions weeping with shame at how we've treated and continue to treat whales.
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The Shape of Snakes
The Shape of Snakes
by Minette Walters
Edition: Paperback

3 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Couldn't put it down, 2 July 2006
This review is from: The Shape of Snakes (Paperback)
I thought this was an excellent book and I loved the way it was written, I especially liked all the different reports and letters. One of the things I really like about Walters writing is that I can't always work out the murderer or motive but I also like that she writes about the larger issues around crime and the way that something like murder can profoundly disrupt lives.

Many reviewers seem to have missed the point that the central character was not just seeking justice for Annie but also for the abuse that she suffered. If she had not been viciously and very nastily assaulted she might well have let things drop. But she had to follow it up, not only because of the assault but also because of the way her husband and mother betrayed her when they believed the police officer rather than her. The events crystallised and focused her and it was only in 'getting justice for Annie' that she was able to make herself whole again.

Oh and frankly I'm staggered by all the reviews where people are more upset about the cat torture than child abuse, rape, racism and murder. And yes, I am a cat lover...


The Dresden Dolls
The Dresden Dolls
Price: £20.65

11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Stunning, 26 Dec 2005
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Ooh, I'm glad this one was on my partner's Christmas list! This is definitely one of my favourite musical discoveries of the year.
Instantly infectious and more-ish, it's like Weimar Republic cabaret crossed with really a vicious drumkit and the kind of nasty dolls that eat you in your sleep. If you like The White Stripes I think you might like this because although they don't sound all that similar they have a related purity and sparseness: the Dresden Dolls are just one guy on drums with a female singer playing thrashy sleazy honky-tonk piano.
It's music to have really vile and nasty gothic sex to. Maybe with whips and chains.
Or a nervous breakdown.
Your choice...


Something More (GOLLANCZ S.F.)
Something More (GOLLANCZ S.F.)
by Paul Cornell
Edition: Paperback

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Stunning, 9 Sep 2005
An absolutely incredible read, I just couldn't put it down and I was fairly reeling by the end. The plotting is superb, the characters complex, the spooky atmosphere of the house very creepy in places and the plot twists are just great, especially towards the end.
Some Christians may be upset by some of the revelations in this book but the author makes some very serious points about the nature of morality and whether one should ever do evil things in the name of God.


Textile Techniques in Metal: For Jewelers, Textile Artists and Sculptors
Textile Techniques in Metal: For Jewelers, Textile Artists and Sculptors
by Arline M. Fisch
Edition: Paperback

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Indispensable and inspiring reference book, 8 Jan 2005
I borrowed this book from my college library because I wanted to start crocheting in wire and it's so inspiring and useful that I'm definitely going to have to buy a copy.
There's masses of fantastic information about a wide selection of different textile techniques, including weaving, basketry, crochet and braiding. As someone who knows a lot about certain techniques like knitting and crochet but nothing at all about some of the others, I really appreciated the broad range of options that were presented.
Fisch makes working with metal (a material I've always found very offputting) seem approachable and possible and I thought the information about which metals are appropriate for which techniques and how to source the metal and tools was completely indispensable.
All this information is merged with lots of inspiring pictures from a wide range of jewellers and sculptors that show how individual and adaptable these techniques can be. As a sculptor, I was pleased that the information wasn't confined to one narrow field but explored the many ways that using textile approaches with metal could cross boundaries between jewellery, craft, clothing and sculpture.
Although only time will tell, I'm pretty sure that this book is one that I'm going to repeatedly refer to, even once I've learnt more about the various techniques highlighted.


Handmade Prints: An Introduction to Creative Printmaking without a Press
Handmade Prints: An Introduction to Creative Printmaking without a Press
by Anne Desmet
Edition: Paperback

110 of 112 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A fantastic introduction to printmaking without a press, 11 Nov 2004
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This is a really excellent book if you're interested in exploring printmaking but don't have access to lots of expensive equipment. Loads of different techniques, clear instructions, accessible writing and great images make this book indispensible for teachers, workshop leaders and artists alike. Printmaking can often seem quite scary to the beginner and this book gives a thorough but gentle introduction to techniques that you can try at home. However, don't assume that this is a book just for beginners, both the authors are professional printmakers and the standard of many of the examples reflects this - even experienced printmakers may find new ideas and techniques in this book.
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Artists' Journal and Sketchbooks: Exploring and Creating Personal Pages
Artists' Journal and Sketchbooks: Exploring and Creating Personal Pages
by Lynne Perrella
Edition: Paperback
Price: £13.48

49 of 50 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A very inspiring book, 16 Jun 2004
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I love this book. It's got a lot of great and useful information, it's beautifully visual and it really packs a lot into its pages. Since buying this book a couple of months ago, I've referrred back to it again and again. Every time I look at it I see something I hadn't seen before, which invariably sparks dozens of new ideas. Thanks for getting me out of an artistic rut, Lynne!


The Princess Bride [VHS]
The Princess Bride [VHS]
VHS
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Price: £9.77

4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Beyond Compare, 12 Jan 2004
An absolute classic, it remains one of my all time favourite films. If you haven't seen this movie then you really must, appeals to both adults and children and the performances are immaculate.


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