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IMEDEEN. Time Perfection. 120 tablets
IMEDEEN. Time Perfection. 120 tablets
Offered by Nutriglow
Price: 59.43

5.0 out of 5 stars Recommended, 11 Sep 2014
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Excellent service! Wonderful product.


First Snow [DVD] [2006] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]
First Snow [DVD] [2006] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]
Dvd ~ Guy Pearce
Offered by passionFlix UK
Price: 5.09

4.0 out of 5 stars Fortune's Ironies, 10 Sep 2014
Suspenseful, unpredictable, unnerving and insidiously spooky. Also marvellously acted and beautifully shot (at times the cinematography is pure art house). The film is compulsively watchable while its themes are of universal importance: fate, friendship, love, betrayal, death. Some falling off in the second half but the ending more than makes up for it -- it manages to be at once shocking and very moving. And there is a kind of a coda which sends shivers down your spine. In my opinion First Snow provides much greater entertainment and is much cleverer than some recent blockbusters, eg Jack Reacher.


The Monogram Murders (Hercule Poirot Mystery 1)
The Monogram Murders (Hercule Poirot Mystery 1)
by Sophie Hannah
Edition: Hardcover
Price: 9.00

21 of 30 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Poirot's Second Death, 10 Sep 2014
Overwritten, over-long, rambling, unsubtle and simply wrong. You know that from the very first chapter which teems with irrelevancies, inaccuracies and silly quirks. (Poirot drinks coffee before dinner because it is 'the best coffee in London' -- he is served vermicelli -- he lives in a lodging house -- even his French sounds self-conscious and somewhat uncertain.) A faint flutter of interest is generated when a distraught character introduces her enigmatic problem, but that evaporates fast as the novel plods on. Hannah's skills have been vastly over-rated and extravagantly praised. The author of amorphous, elephantine and annoyingly self-indulgent thrillers, she is quite the wrong kind of person to do a take on Christie. Of course there are readers who rave about the book but then, in the words of Mrs Oliver, "Some people would read ANYTHING."

Makes you appreciate Christie's effortlessly clever plotting, her concision, wonderful readability and talent for creating suspense and delivering ingenious twists. I very much doubt if the MM would have received any publicity at all if the detective's name had been not Hercule Poirot but something else.

The Christie Estate should never have allowed it.


Jack Reacher [DVD]
Jack Reacher [DVD]
Dvd ~ Tom Cruise
Price: 4.00

2.0 out of 5 stars XXXXX, 3 Sep 2014
This review is from: Jack Reacher [DVD] (DVD)
Sensationalist populist nonsense, unsophisticated and frequently very crude and very nasty; a crowd pleaser of the worst kind, catering for the most mindless of audiences -- it is of course the novel's fault, rather than the film's. Lee Child's plot is one long series of cliches, gratuitous shocks and unlikely twists while the dialogue is either ponderous or of the witlessly puerile variety. JR would have counted as a B-movie, had it not been for the stellar cast, among them Rosamund Pike, Robert Duvall and iconic film director Werner Herzog, who should have known better. (I suppose the money was good.)

Judging by his writing Lee Child, not unlike J.K.Rowling and Dan Brown, takes himself very seriously indeed, laughably so. The fact that Jack Reacher has such staggering following tells us something very worrying about current popular taste. Tom Cruise is a fine actor, one of the best action heroes of his generation, and he should never have got involved in this rubbish -- the JR fans do not deserve him -- most of the negative reviews of the film are exclusively focused on the fact that he is the 'wrong size'..

Some interesting camera shots, hence the 2 stars.


Crime on the Coast and No Flowers by Request
Crime on the Coast and No Flowers by Request
by John Dickson Carr
Edition: Mass Market Paperback

3.0 out of 5 stars Contrasting Fictions, 2 Sep 2014
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These two novellas from the early 50s couldn't have been more different -- both in subject matter and in quality. The only similarity is that each chapter has been written by a different member of the Detection Club, in the manner of The Floating Admiral, Ask a Policeman, Scoop and Behind the Screen.

Crime on the Coast is a thriller that is too patchy, too silly and too inconsequential to merit any serious discussion. It is in fact embarrassingly awful. No Flowers By Request, on the other hand, is excellent and will be enjoyed and appreciated by aficionados of the Golden Age of detective fiction. It is a whodunit masterfully started by Dorothy L. Sayers, engagingly continued by E.C.R.Lorac, Anthony Gilbert and Gladys Mitchell and ingeniously completeted by Christianna Brand. It features an attractive heroine as the narrator. I would give 1 star to number one and 5 stars to number two, which is the fair thing to do.

5+1=6:2=3.

Uneven, yes, but the book is worth acquiring for No Fowers By Request alone.


Gossip [DVD] [2000]
Gossip [DVD] [2000]
Dvd ~ James Marsden
Offered by Bridge_Records
Price: 2.01

4.0 out of 5 stars The Damned and the Beautiful, 1 Sep 2014
This review is from: Gossip [DVD] [2000] (DVD)
Although it has an unpleasant subject, the film is interesting and half way through it actually becomes quite riveting. There is a shock ending and a final surprise which may not be entirely convincing but that doesn't matter since the film, as a whole, works; it manages to be at once suspenseful and thought-provoking. The three main protagonists are excellent.


A Slight Trick of The Mind
A Slight Trick of The Mind
Price: 7.72

2.0 out of 5 stars Misconceived?, 29 Aug 2014
The novel is interesting in its attempt to 'humanise' Holmes but it is, in my opinion, mainly of curiosity value. There are three strands: Holmes's visit to Japan post-Hiroshima, Holmes and his bees in Suffolk and Holmes and the Case of the Glass Armonicist -- which the nonagenarian sleuth is in the process of writing up, Dr Watson clearly not having done so. Death is the common factor in all three stories, but the novel as a whole doesn't work. It is rather patchy, inconclusive, not particularly well written, often irritating (in its use of Americanisms, among other things) and, ultimately, tedious. One associates Holmes with Plot and this is a plotless concoction, no matter how ambitiously it has been conceived. Back to the language -- all the time characters 'exit' -- viz. 'he exited the room' -- it sounds pretentious and absurd -- what's wrong with 'go out'? Perhaps the film with Ian McKellan will be better.


Hercule Poirot and the Greenshore Folly
Hercule Poirot and the Greenshore Folly
by Agatha Christie
Edition: Hardcover
Price: 9.48

5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful, 21 Aug 2014
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Charming predecessor of Dead Man's Folly. Worth buying for the Tom Adams cover alone. Wish Harper Collins reissued all the Christies with the original Tom Adams covers -- the cleverest Christie covers so far: ingenious, surreal, subtly sinister -- real work of art!


EvoDigitals 16GB Blue MP3 WMA Player (samsung memory) USB With FM Tuner, Voice Recorder + More
EvoDigitals 16GB Blue MP3 WMA Player (samsung memory) USB With FM Tuner, Voice Recorder + More
Offered by EvoDigitals
Price: 9.95

1.0 out of 5 stars A headache, 21 Aug 2014
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Useless. Big, big mistake buying it. Needs a battery -- that little fact had slipped my attention completely -- should have read the description properly. Shockingly primitive, the way you are asked to operate it. The smallest of icons, next to impossible to decipher. The worst is that it started getting stuck both when Off and when On and the only way to start it was to take out the battery and the replace it again. Returned it, got no message back and no refund. Have written to Amazon to complain. NB Buy expensive, always read readers' comments first-- compare products before buying!


Her [DVD]
Her [DVD]
Dvd ~ Joaquin Phoenix
Price: 8.50

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Virtual Love, 8 Aug 2014
This review is from: Her [DVD] (DVD)
This is brilliant. Manages to be at once funny, moving, sad and thought-provoking. The film presents us with a weird and somewhat disturbing vision of the future. (Among other things, note the men's fashion! The way they wear their trousers!) JPh gives a mesmerising performance. So does Scarlett Johansson -- or rather, her voice.


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