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All God Worshippers Are Mad: a little book of sanity
All God Worshippers Are Mad: a little book of sanity
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Uncompromising and thought provoking, 5 Jan 2014
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This is a book of two halves. In the first half the author makes his initial claim very clearly and convincingly that the fundamental beliefs common to all monotheism are not merely wrong but incoherent. The argument is persuasive and it is hard to deny the conclusion that to sincerely hold to such beliefs is so contrary to logic that it is a form of lunacy.

In the second half of the book the argument moves steadily into what I suspect was probably the author's reason for writing the book, namely the danger of Islamism or Islamofascism or Islamic fascism, call it what you will, that confronts the world today. The best section of the book comes toward the end when twenty reasons are given for recognising the fascistic character of Islamism. I thought the approach of a twenty point checklist comparing Islamism with Nazism was a compelling way of getting the argument across. Personally, I thought this section was worth the price of the book by itself, since it is a fairly short book and doesn't cost much. I found the whole thing thought-provoking and if you agree with the basic argument, as I found that I did, then by the end our prospects for the future look quite intimidating.


The Most Hated Man
The Most Hated Man
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Relentless Thriller, 14 Nov 2013
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I've never read a book like this before and I'd be prepared to bet that you haven't either. The Most Hated Man (let's call it MHM) is an unusual mixture of crime thriller and political thriller, plus something that is uniquely its own.

On the one hand you have the story of two police officers tracking down a homicidal crazy (if you think that's what he is, you'll have to make up your own mind) called the snuff-killer amid a media feeding frenzy. We're shown some very unflattering pictures of life amongst the underclass (and some of these kids are so horrible you'll want to kill them yourself) but also the tragedy of the bloody deaths of these lost and abandoned teenagers.

On the other hand you have a terrifying image of the future of Islamic jihad in Europe and the scenes of the serial killer (if you think that's what he is, again, you'll have to make up your own mind) called Hereward talking to his victims, and this is what raises the book to another level. Its like a violently horrifying version of books that you would normally only find in the non-fiction politics section of the bookshop amongst writers like Melanie Phillips, Bruce Bawer and Mark Steyn, only more so. MHM really rips into multiculturalism and feminism and tears their insides out.

So the book is not about clever-clever plot twists and the usual kind of thriller tricks, instead its simply relentless in the way it piles on the pressure and makes you feel like your cosy little world is going to completely fall apart, and soon. MHM grabs you by the throat and it won't let go. There is no safety here. There is no reassuring, comfortable bolt hole for you to escape through. It makes you face the uncomfortable truth and its scary.

If you are sick of political correctness, you should love this book. If you support political correctness, this book will make steam come out of your ears. But, either way, it forces you to think. It might give you sleepless nights. If you're going to read MHM I would advise you to set aside your conventional presumptions and expectations because this really is new and different. Its serious hardcore.


The Curious Tales of Mr Mayhew and Mr Broker
The Curious Tales of Mr Mayhew and Mr Broker
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fascinating and Intriguing, 14 Nov 2013
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Its impossible to categorise this very unusual and appealing collection of short stories. Some are supernatural, some are political, some are dramatic, and throughout there is a strong element of dark comedy. Each story is preceded by a scene with Mr Mayhew and Mr Broker, who tell the tales, and these two characters return at the end of each story to comment upon it.

If you have read anything else by JP Tate you'll already know that his writing is full of ideas. This is also very true of The Curious Tales. The short story format means that he explores a particular idea in each tale. Its entertaining but its also thought-provoking. Different ideas means different types of story, which is why its so hard to categorise the book as a whole. For example, the story Pig-Squeal is as bleak and soulful as anything you'll read anywhere but, in complete contrast, the story Sadie's Triumph is so humorous that its almost an out-and-out comedy.

You could read this book as something to dip into occasionally one story at a time, or you could read the whole book all the way through. Like Tate's other writing it has a lot of unconventional points of view in it so, whether you agree or disagree - or both! - I think its best as a `dip into' book because when you get to the end of a story you may want to take some time out to think about it for a while! But having read so many books which don't seem to have any ideas in them at all, its refreshing to read something that throws ideas at you fast and furious. For that reason I'd say that this provocative roller-coaster ride is a five star read.


Dutiful: a love story of consensual sadomasochism
Dutiful: a love story of consensual sadomasochism
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5.0 out of 5 stars Something Special, 14 Nov 2013
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In a market that's flooded with endless cheap 50 Shades knock-offs, this novel really stands out as something special. I was taken by surprise at how much insight and understanding it has into its characters. I feel like I learned a lot about myself! Be warned, it is written in a style that requires an intelligent reader - but I managed! It is a book I shall re-read in the future, it has so many fascinating ideas in it that I am sure it will be worth reading more than once.

The story is about Izzy, who has a very nice lifestyle with her husband Gabe, an important part of which is the sexual role play that they enjoy together. Gabe is the dominant and Izzy is the submissive. The story then introduces other characters, especially Izzy's boss at work, Lilith. We discover that Lilith is contemplating a relationship with a man where she would be the dominant and he would be the submissive. But Lilith is frightened to pursue the relationship because she thinks there is something wrong with people who like sadomasochism.

So a lot of the novel is about the contrast between Izzy and Gabe's successful relationship and the things that can make a relationship of this sort go wrong as a result of someone (i.e. Lilith) not being able to accept their own sexuality and being frightened by cultural taboos, etc. This really got me thinking!

Things then get even more interesting when we find out that Izzy has a secret desire to start a sadomasochistic relationship with Lilith! I won't say any more because it would spoil the plot but this all builds up to a climax as Izzy gets closer and closer to confessing her own masochistic feelings toward Lilith. It had me on the edge of my seat at times!

But what surprised me most about the book was how romantic it was - really breathtaking - Izzy's relationship with Gabe is a real love story. It is the love they share that I'll remember most about this book, which is something I wasn't expecting from a book on this subject. Highly recommended!


Ealdraed of the Paega: The Fables of Ealdraed, Volume 1
Ealdraed of the Paega: The Fables of Ealdraed, Volume 1
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5.0 out of 5 stars Sword and Sorcery for Grown-Ups, 14 Nov 2013
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If, like me, you find heroic fantasy about `mighty-thewed' Conan rip-offs a bit childish at times, but you also find epic fantasy that requires you to read two 1,000 page books just to get introduced to the main characters a bit long-winded, then The Fables of Ealdraed might come as a pleasant change to you as it did to me.

The central character, Ealdraed, is a hero but a grown-up hero. It's as if the kind of finely drawn character that you can find in epic fantasy has been relocated into the shorter, punchier format of heroic fantasy. Some of the characters he meets in the story are worthy of having their own books written about them. The Bhelenese courtesan and spy, Maev de Lederwyrhta, is already a firm favourite of mine. I'd like to read more about her in the future. And the oriental slave girl Eiji, who is such an extraordinary mixture of the aggressive and the submissive, is the most fun of all.

Each chapter of the book is a story in itself, so you get the satisfaction of not having to wait to find out what happens. But each chapter begins from the point where the previous one ended, so the book is also one continuous story from cover to cover. Across ten chapters Ealdraed journeys through the varied countries of his world having a fresh adventure in every one. The author has put some helpful maps online that can be accessed from a link in the e-book.

Some of the adventures are allegorical, which I assume is the reason the book is called the `fables' of Ealdraed. Like all the best fantasy, these `fables' tell us something about the real world we live in. An unusual feature of the book is the way that all the supernatural elements may have natural explanations, so it is left up to the reader to decide whether the magic is real or not. Could this be the first sword and sorcery novel for readers who don't believe in sorcery?! And since the hero's main weapons are the spear, the javelin, and the knife, could it be the first sword and sorcery novel without either a sword or sorcery?!!

All in all, then, a very enjoyable variation on a familiar theme. It has the adult elements of epic fantasy combined with the immediacy of bloodthirsty heroic fantasy. Maybe The Fables of Ealdraed is the best of both worlds.


Arnova 9 G2 8GB 9.7 inch 2.3 Android Tablet (1Ghz Processor, WiFi, Webcam, 3G Ready)
Arnova 9 G2 8GB 9.7 inch 2.3 Android Tablet (1Ghz Processor, WiFi, Webcam, 3G Ready)

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good product if you upgrade the operating system, 11 Mar 2013
I received this as a gift and and it was pretty mediocre until I downloaded and installed a new OS . Now it performs well and at the price is a good buy. If you are comfortable with the process of upgrading the OS (or know someone who is) then this is a good tablet for the price, The upgrade for android V4.xxx can be downloaded from the Arnova website. If you are a complete novice my advice would be to spend a little more and buy a tablet with pre-installed V4 Android.


Silverlit Space Phoenix 3-Channel Remote Control Space ship
Silverlit Space Phoenix 3-Channel Remote Control Space ship
Price: 49.99

7 of 10 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars caution : this toy has limited functionality, 29 Nov 2011
= Durability:4.0 out of 5 stars  = Fun:1.0 out of 5 stars  = Educational:1.0 out of 5 stars 
My experience of this toy was somewhat different
Build quality - certainly not commensurate with the price.
Fun /playability rating - I found it completely uncontrollable. Unlike conventional rc helicopters, this toy cannot fly backwards. When I tried to fly it , it simply surged forward at great speed and all i could hope for was to steer it left or right. It simply would not hover in a stable fashion. I eventually gave up in frustration and exchanged it for one of the many mini helicopters available for a cost far less than this toy. Perhaps i was unlucky and had bought a faulty model, however to avoid disappointment and tears for the young ones this xmas PLEASE CONSIDER BUYING A CONVENTIONAL MINI HELICOPTER -you will pay far less for a better quality toy and get a far better flying experience.


Kitchen Devils 5 piece Black  control Knife block
Kitchen Devils 5 piece Black control Knife block
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Price: 34.99

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Kitchen devils make light work .........., 12 Oct 2011
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Great product. Bought along with the KD sharpener, these knives make light work of all those carving, cutting, paring jobs around the kitchen. A gift for my Mum who is in her eighth decade, the keen blades take the effort out of food preparation - she loves them.


Trust Wide Screen Design Tablet TB-7300
Trust Wide Screen Design Tablet TB-7300

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars good things to say, 24 Mar 2011
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Bought the tablet a few months ago. Worked straight out of the box, Simple to set up for my preferences.
The build feels solid and robust.
Minor criticism is that the printed instruction manual is rather poor but adequate and hey they are doing their bit to save the rainforest
It took me about an hour to feel completely at home with the pen, if you are serious about digital artwork , a tablet is a must and this one does the job.


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