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After Me Comes the Flood
After Me Comes the Flood
by Sarah Perry
Edition: Paperback
Price: £8.39

3.0 out of 5 stars More ambition than substance, 17 Dec 2014
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This book has as it's framework a very intriguing promise and in it's overall execution- an almost surreal mind-world- one potentially rich with exciting possibilities, but, unfortunately, Perry doesn't pull it off consistently.

Having said that of course, the foundational aims are impressive and so it's only fair to cut the author some slack and when the book is good, it is rather good but it's weaker points too often emerge, to the point where you have to sigh at the pretension, which is a killer for any text.

On the whole though the book is well-written, as indeed so many are these days, but of course that does not necessarily translate into great literature. This is something still largely mis-understood by many MA Creative Writing courses the world over- great technicians are being turned out, but unfortunately few Big Writers [I could tell this author had been through such a process without even reading her bio].

So after being excited by the initial prospect of this novel, I couldn't help harbouring a continual feeling of disappointment as it unfolded with an execution that too often fell short of the ambition. The simple, modernist elegance of the premise- one man on a typically English muted odyssey, finding himself in a peculiar, dreamlike situation- seems to have to labour against a lot of post-modernist over-cooked prose and descriptions of minutiae that could be poetic, but frankly aren't.

I so much wanted to enjoy this book, which is why I may have been overly harsh in my comments on it, but I am very critical of this 'literary fiction' genre these days, which is frankly getting packed out with technically accomplished tomes targeted largely at the chattering classes, but producing on the whole very little of substance or affect. As an initial calling card from Ms Perry this comes a little crumpled although there is promise of better to come... perhaps. Until then, her report card from me reads 'must do better.'


Mysteries and Conspiracies: Detective Stories, Spy Novels and the Making of Modern Societies
Mysteries and Conspiracies: Detective Stories, Spy Novels and the Making of Modern Societies
by Luc Boltanski
Edition: Paperback
Price: £17.09

5.0 out of 5 stars A great achievement, 16 Dec 2014
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Applying analysis direct from the continental school of socio-poltiical philosophy Boltanski gives us here a very erudite and as one would expect, expert and in-depth psycho-sociological study of the detective story structure and narrative.

Remarkably, although at times 'dense' in it's own epistomolgy as it charts and dissects the modern phenomenon of the detective story, it is nonetheless remarkably readable which is quite an accomplishment.

Boltanski focuses primarily on the period from the mid 19th century to 1914 and mainly on British and French texts. This may at first seem a rather limited range but it fits the authors thesis extremely well, as it coincides with the development of a bureaucratic, civilian policed nation state of which the UK and France became the leading European examples.

Using this as a foil for the investigation of crime and detective narratives to emerge from that period offers up a deeply rich source of observations and opportunities for critical thinking for the author to chart and he does it with such skill, this reader at least found himself getting drawn further and further into the whole, fascinating process.

It's a huge subject of course and it is probably important to bear in mind that this is less an exercise in literary analysis, and more a socio-political study of the various dynamics at work within developing, nation state liberal democracies leading up to the Great War. All the favourites are dissected here as well as some more lesser known tales for the English reader, and you end up with an extremely rich experience that encompasses the dynamic but authoritarian nature of capitalism, racism, liberal politics, leftist agitation, establishment fear [particularly of anarchists] and much, much more. A great achievement all round.


Mr. Goodlad Worker Complete, 15 Kg
Mr. Goodlad Worker Complete, 15 Kg
Price: £11.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Complete paws up from our hounds, 16 Dec 2014
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Both our dogs- a crazy young adult and an ancient old trooper Lab- love this dry food. The consistency and size of the biscuits is good and it is well fortified with vitamins and minerals. Both wolf it down along with their supplementary wet canned food, absolutely no hesitation and never anything left behind. Complete paws up then from our hounds and all at a very competitive price too. Well worth a try.


Escape Fitness GripR Soft Weighted Bag - Green, 4 Kg
Escape Fitness GripR Soft Weighted Bag - Green, 4 Kg
Price: £32.12

4.0 out of 5 stars A very useful supplementary weight for my exercise routine, 13 Dec 2014
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A very useful supplementary weight for my exercise routine. It's essentially a very good quality, large heavy bean bag made of a durable, waterproof material that is tactile and clearly hard wearing. The weight is a handy size too, eay to hold in two hands. The beauty of this type of weight is it's flexibility- you can exercise pretty much any part of your body in some way or another with it. Coming in a variety of weights its good for light or more serious training.


Esselte Pendaflex A4 Vertical Suspension Files - Assorted (Pack of 10)
Esselte Pendaflex A4 Vertical Suspension Files - Assorted (Pack of 10)
Price: £12.49

5.0 out of 5 stars Got serious filing to do? For quality, look no further..., 12 Dec 2014
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Very good quality hanging file folders as you would expect from Esselte. The folder material is very strong and one feels immediately that they are not going to tear or spindle easily as with cheaper examples and the hanging strip is firm and positive too. Add the strong, no-nonsense colours and you have a great stationery product for the serious filer- highly recommended.


Handbook of MRI Technique
Handbook of MRI Technique
by Catherine Westbrook
Edition: Paperback
Price: £40.84

4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent, essential core-reference guide to MRI techniques, 12 Dec 2014
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Pretty much the central go-to book for technicians and others involved in the MRI scan process this latest edition is as with the others, well structured and clearly written with plenty of understandable, instructive illustrations.

It covers all bases in specialist depth where necessary and is an excellent point of reference for everyone involved in radiology. Well worth the investment.


International Strategy
International Strategy
by David Collis
Edition: Paperback
Price: £23.79

4.0 out of 5 stars Very useful for professionals and students of various economic and management disciplines, 12 Dec 2014
This review is from: International Strategy (Paperback)
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Aimed fairly and squarely at corporate managers who have to deal with current or developing business plans that involve negotiating global markets, this is a bang-up-to-date book that both analyses second decade 21st century globalisation and provides sound, practical and at times innovative business management models to optimise commercial performance in those markets, both developed and developing. Markets that are going to become harder and more competitive to crack than ever before.

This book is actually so wide ranging and adaptable in it's strategies, it is useful for all size of business, from the SME dipping it's toe into the global market, to the already established corporate international player. Very useful for students of various economic and management disciplines too. A great handbook.


Philips HR1863/01 Viva Collection Juicer, 2 Litre, 700 Watt, Brushed Aluminium
Philips HR1863/01 Viva Collection Juicer, 2 Litre, 700 Watt, Brushed Aluminium
Price: £49.99

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Stylish and effective juicer, 7 Dec 2014
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A very good juicer that also looks rather stylish with it's brushed aluminium and good quality black plastic. Operationally it's excellent- straight forward to use and easy to take apart and clean- it claims this can be done in less than a minute and this is pretty much a maximum. It produces juice quickly and very efficiently whether from fruit or vegetables- stick them in the top, press down and out comes the juice, couldn't be simpler and making up to 2 litres in one go is great for family use. For what you get, pretty good value too really.


BT Video Baby Monitor 7500 Lightshow
BT Video Baby Monitor 7500 Lightshow
Price: £161.99

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent all-sing-and-dancing video baby monitor, 7 Dec 2014
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A fantastic baby monitoring bit of kit that applies the best of current technology in an effective and easy to use way. It's easy to set up and has some very good additional extras, such as being able to gauge the room temperature and also giving a pleasant night-lightshow on the wall/ceiling with soothing lullaby sounds.

The camera is very flexible in it's positioning and angles of view and can be operated by a small but optimum-sized touchscreen monitor which has a very impressive range- up to 300m if outdoors. I find the monitor itself the perfect size for carrying around and with not just a really good picture of your little pride and joy, but HD sound as well that allows you to listen to the baby's breathing.

Difficult to fault really- top of the range state of the art baby monitor you are looking at here that's well worth the investment.


Turtle Beach Ear Force Stealth 400 Premium Fully Wireless Playstation 4, Playstation 3 and Mobile Gaming Headset
Turtle Beach Ear Force Stealth 400 Premium Fully Wireless Playstation 4, Playstation 3 and Mobile Gaming Headset
Price: £69.99

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Impressive wireless headphones, 4 Dec 2014
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This is the first set of wireless headphones that I've used for a fair while and I must say I'm impressed. Solid build, easy to use with some thought clearly having been put into it's ergonomic design and the sound quality for me personally, was very good with an excellent range. The wireless connection was easy to establish and holds well with no interference I've been able to discern, making this facility fantastic- you really do have the freedom to move around as you wish and the battery life of 8 hours is I would think, more than enough for anyone's needs, certainly mine.

All round excellent bit of kit for gaming at a keen price too.


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