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Detail of Distance
Detail of Distance
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5.0 out of 5 stars Nearly upstaged Seth Lakeman!, 12 Oct 2014
This review is from: Detail of Distance (Audio CD)
Wow, this guy is simply amazing live.

The CDs are a nice reminder and will tide me over until he's touring, but they are no proper reflection of the power and passion of the 'real thing'. Great for rehearsing the lyrics while I wait, though!

Saw him supporting Seth Lakeman recently - and Seth is incredibly good, and his whole band were on top form, *brilliant* set - but he had to work reeeaaalllly HARD to live up to the promise of Kim as the warm-up act. Just totally gorgeous-sounding, multi-talented, crazy-arse musician.

Aussies with bare feet totally rule :-)


On the Trail of the Mountain Monkey (The Chronicles of Alpha (Novellas and Short stories) Book 1)
On the Trail of the Mountain Monkey (The Chronicles of Alpha (Novellas and Short stories) Book 1)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Disturbing and provocative ... intrigued, 11 May 2014
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The description says this is a novella, but it covers a lot of ground - literally, actually. I would never have thought to find a saucy bedroom scene in the middle of a sci-fi about a character with prosthetics (who is obviously on the run from several different parties at once) - writer knows no fear!

I get a strong sense that this is a much bigger world than the little bit of it in this story, because there are a lot of terms for types of people and gadgets that I sort of just had to accept in context and not get too bogged down (a glossary might help!). The political climate is pretty obviously a big deal and I didn't *entirely* get my head around the relationships between the different groups of people ... but it was interesting enough to make me think one of the bigger books mentioned would be worth a look. Can't see any advertised on here though!


Happy
Happy
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5.0 out of 5 stars Happy for listeners ... Sorry for Emily!, 30 Mar 2014
This review is from: Happy (MP3 Download)
Emily deserves to go far ... she has all the power and control of any of the world-class female singers you care to name, and this was a bravura performance.

This track is absolutely fantastic fun to listen to, from someone with incredible talent and obvious drive.

You have a great future waiting for you, Emily: just remember to *relax and smile a bit* when you go and see those record producers and tell them to sign you up. Your ability as a singer isn't what lost you the votes, lovely! ;-P


Strong
Strong
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5.0 out of 5 stars Love this years' contestants ... But Lee was too Strong to fade away!, 30 Mar 2014
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This review is from: Strong (MP3 Download)
I was consistently impressed by every performance Lee gave - this guy is not just 'a good singer,' it's very obvious this is a true soul-urge and he sings from his toe-nails upwards. Every time.

Try listening to this track now without the distractions of judgement and staging, literally just The Voice, and it will give you goose-bumps. Such a moving performance. Again.

Lee, stop hanging about and get an album out there now that you don't have to worry about jumping through hoops for the Beeb.


Russian Fairy Tales (Illustrated) (Fairy eBooks)
Russian Fairy Tales (Illustrated) (Fairy eBooks)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Kindle version is lovely, 21 Feb 2014
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Just a quick mention for the nice job they've done converting this for Kindle - reading on an ipad but it looks designed to show up well on large-screen smartphones too. The text is well formatted and they've even included the pretty page borders.

The illustrations are just stunning anyway, but here they are pin-sharp and soooo vibrant ... Backlight really does the trick in making them pop!


The Guaifenesin Supplement: Alternative Medicine for a Healthy Body (Health Collection)
The Guaifenesin Supplement: Alternative Medicine for a Healthy Body (Health Collection)
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2.0 out of 5 stars Ropey, 16 Feb 2014
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The text appears to have been translated from some other language, or written by someone who does not write natively in English. Information is both sparse and repetitive.


Memoirs Of An Imaginary Friend
Memoirs Of An Imaginary Friend
by Matthew Dicks
Edition: Paperback
Price: £7.19

5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing, 15 Feb 2014
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This is one of the most charming, and informative books I have ever read ... And I read for a living! The personality of Budo is fascinating and absolutely inspiring. The description of Max and his specific problems is sympathetically informative - great for anyone dealing with an ASD child.

There are elements to the story that are genuinely scary and the overall plot is disturbing so this is not a book for children, but would be fine for young teenagers and upwards - to be recommended to them in fact.

This falls into a small category of books like Wonder, Curious Incident of the Dog in the night-time, Mockingbird and London Eye Mystery - and even The Thing with Finn - that bring different kinds of social challenges to life in a way that makes you really root for the 'guy with a problem' - but because you are wholeheartedly enjoying the story, not because 'you should'.

If you have enjoyed any one of them, seriously, read the others too!


All Creatures Great and Small: "If Only They Could Talk" and "It Shouldn't Happen to a Vet"
All Creatures Great and Small: "If Only They Could Talk" and "It Shouldn't Happen to a Vet"
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5.0 out of 5 stars Lifelong love ... Animals, weather, people And Yorkshire., 15 Feb 2014
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I read these in my childhood years because they made me laugh so often and the storyline of James's life is the ultimate soap in its way. He was fantastic at painting a scene and as good at describing people as he was at giving personality to the animals he treated. I can see why it was felt it would make good TV but in fact I absolutely loathed the series.

In retrospect I also learned an enormous amount about life in those times, animals and their care, the personality of Yorkshire and its people, the effects of the War and changes in medicine and pharmaceuticals, that have stayed with me to to this day. But those things just happened as the plot unrolled.

I re-read these a few years back - ALL the Herriot books - and still found them compulsive reading. I'd pick the next one up as soon as I finished the last page. Now I have digital versions I can take anywhere, if I want to step back into the busy, troubled, hilarious, sad, beautiful and heartwarming world of a vet in one of the UK's most gorgeous and unforgiving regions.


Misfits: Series 4 [DVD]
Misfits: Series 4 [DVD]
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Price: £6.70

4.0 out of 5 stars Go out in style, 15 Feb 2014
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This review is from: Misfits: Series 4 [DVD] (DVD)
So, After series three I had kind of come to the decision not to bother with the next season at all. But somehow I just flicked halfway into an early episode of series four, expected to keep flicking on, but got hooked into it after all.

This season was actually a great way to go out - the characters who annoyed me before grew on me this time, the wacked-out anarchic humour returned to form, the ideas became interesting again and I actually gave a damn who lived/died or succeeded by the end. In particular, the Probation worker was just an awesome player in this series - worth it just to see him, to be honest!


Afterliff
Afterliff
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5.0 out of 5 stars The meaning of Liff lives on, 15 Feb 2014
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This review is from: Afterliff (Kindle Edition)
I wouldn't have thought there could be more definitions in need of a name after the Meaning of Liff, but I have been proved totally wrong.

Loads of fun and surprisingly thought-provoking. So many places too that I had never even heard of before :-)


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