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The Very Best Of
The Very Best Of
Price: £5.02

3.0 out of 5 stars Singles are great but not much worth listening to thereafter, 25 Jan. 2016
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This review is from: The Very Best Of (Audio CD)
The hits are all within the first 7 tracks on the album. They are all great (with the exception of 'World of our own' which sounds a bit too much like a second rate copy of 'I'll never find another you' for my tastes) and need little further recommendation. Once you get beyond these though there is not that much worth listening to. Judith Durham (whose voice is surely the group's principal USP) does not feature on several tracks in the second half of the album, which has a lot of uninspired folk songs you can hear any folk act sing elsewhere and a few oddities, most bizarre being 'Emerald City' which puts words to the choral movement of Beethoven's 9th. This being the 60s, there is the obligatory Dylan song ( although in fairness their version is better than both the Hollies and the composer's) and a particularly anodyne version of whiskey in the jar which cannot lace the boots of Thin Lizzy's version.
I do quite like Lemon Tree and the hits are more than enough to justify buying the album, I just wouldn't bother with most of the rest.

Sharp Objects
Sharp Objects
by Gillian Flynn
Edition: Paperback
Price: £6.29

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1.0 out of 5 stars Poorly plotted nasty little shocker full of unlikeable characters, 24 Jan. 2016
This review is from: Sharp Objects (Paperback)
Like thousands of others I came to this after Gone Girl, which I thought was good if somewhat over-hyped given the poor ending.

This is Flynn's debut novel and a nasty little piece of work it is too, just like the heroine, who goes on drug binges with her 13 year old half-sister, jumps into bed with both policemen and leading suspects at every opportunity (despite having supposedly been celibate for the ten years prior to the start of the book) and who seems to have spent much of her adult life taking a knife to herself. Given what an unlikeable psychological basket case she is it seems completely unbelievable that she has held down job as a journalist for some years. All the women in this book are completely hateful (I am glad the author is female as if it had been a man doubtless all kinds of opprobrium and accusations of mysogony would have been heaped upon him), not that most of the men are particularly likeable ether.
Gratuitous unpleasantness around sex and self-harm aside, the 'baddies' identity is pretty obvious from an early stage, and the unmasking seems very clunky on the page, perhaps it will be better handled by a screenwriter when hollywood comes calling.
Not a great advert for the people of Missouri. Flynn must really hate them.

4 Pairs Ladies Winnie The pooh Piglet Eeyore socks 4-8 uk , 37-42 eur
4 Pairs Ladies Winnie The pooh Piglet Eeyore socks 4-8 uk , 37-42 eur

3.0 out of 5 stars Fine except not as pictured., 5 Jan. 2016
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Decent socks but not as pictured, I particularly wanted a replacement for the (pictured) stripey purple pink and yellow socks which were my daughters 'lucky' ones on the squash court until she lost one of them but none of the designs were as pictured. Otherwise they are fine.

The Girl on the Train
The Girl on the Train
by Paula Hawkins
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £6.00

2.0 out of 5 stars Not bad but not worth the hype, 5 Jan. 2016
This review is from: The Girl on the Train (Hardcover)
I don't know what the timeline of the respective compositions was, but this book seems very derivative of the Gone Girl. It uses the present tense diary narrative style popularised by Philippa Gregory novels, not to mention the Gone Girl itself and er...50 shades of grey.

It rattled along as a good page-turner should but confess I got the 'twist' pretty early on and it seems other reviewers did too.
I thought the plot was a bit clunky, with Rachel conveniently getting drunk and having no recollection of key events every time something plot relevant happens. And then for no reason at all she remembers something and all becomes clear. The three different narrators are all pretty similar people, if you opened a page at random and read a few paragraphs of their thoughts it would be hard to tell which of Rachel, Anna and Megan's thoughts you were reading. All three are equally up themselves and not particularly sympathetic.

Is 'Witney' supposed to be Witney, Oxfordshire? It doesn't have a train station.
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The North Star Grassman And The Ravens
The North Star Grassman And The Ravens
Price: £4.98

3.0 out of 5 stars Very good, unless you've already got 'The Lady', 24 Dec. 2015
Overall this is a very good, if somewhat uneven , album. Sandy has a beautiful voice and there are 5 outstanding tracks, Next time around, Blackwaterside, Late November, John the Gun and the title track. On the debit side there are also a few that sound as if they were culled from a late night jam session after closing time (namely Down in the Flood, Brenda Lee's rockabilly classic Let's jump the broomstick and track 13) where she sounds much less engaged with the music generally. The good tracks are so good though that they easily outweigh the duds and you can always just skip the latter.
The only reason not to buy this album is if - like me - you came to it having already bought the compilation 'The Lady'. That stunning album unerringly selected the best four tracks from this album and I suppose I shouldn't be surprised that a 'best of' compilation should have taken the best available options from the original material.

The Kingmaker's Daughter (COUSINS' WAR)
The Kingmaker's Daughter (COUSINS' WAR)
by Philippa Gregory
Edition: Paperback
Price: £7.99

3.0 out of 5 stars Re-run of the White Queen and The Red Queen from a different perspective, 5 Dec. 2015
Like the other books in this series, this is good read which rattles along at a good pace. The only drawback is that, assuming you've read the others in the series, you know exactly where this is going. Having read [retty much the same period from the perspective of Elizabeth Woodville and Margaret Beaufort, you end up asking yourself whether telling the same story over and over again from a different protagonist's view point is an interesting concept or spinning one book's worth of research/material out into a whole series of books is actually a bit of a con. Anyway, I quite enjoyed being conned, although I didn't particularly warm to Anne Neville who, despite Ms Gregory's attempts to portray her as a strong woman, is pretty much done to throughout rather than a do-er herself.
George comes over more sympathetically in this book than the others, although Philippa Gregory fails to portray her self-confessed favourite Elizabeth Woodville as a convincing villain and Anne's deathbed reconciliation with the younger Elizabeth serves to vindicate Elizabeth senior of much that she had been accused of earlier in the book.
As ever, worth a read, but having read 5 in this series now the law of diminishing returns is beginning to set in.

by Ann Wroe
Edition: Paperback
Price: £14.99

3.0 out of 5 stars So, was he or wasn't he? Er, nobody knows., 18 Nov. 2015
This review is from: Perkin (Paperback)
I came to this book as a recommendation from the list of sources at the end of Philippa Gregory's White Princess (the Elizabeth of York story). There is a wealth of detail in this book, but I have or say that a lot of it is of tangential - if no- relevance to the Perkin/Richard story and not only uninteresting but conveyed in a prose style that is unnecessarily wordy and the book could have been 150 pages shorter without any dramatic loss of content or import.
What I - and everybody else - wants to know of course is was he (Richard) or wasn't he? Wroe seems to infer pretty strongly throughout that she thinks he wasn't but eventually concludes that it is not proven either way. Parkin/Richard confessed to being a fraud after capture by Henry VII but given the confession was clearly given under duress it is hard to believe in it. While a backstory in Tournai was duly concocted with considerable detail, whilst he was still at large Ferdinand and Isabella offered to produce some parents and a backstory for him in Portugal, an indication that history is always written by the victors and you can't believe a lot of what henry Tudor left us as 'the truth'. even the three people who were present at Perkin/Richard's unveiling after capture all had compelling reason for saying that he wasn't Richard, so their testimony can hardly be believed. The obvious thing for Henry to have done would have been to ask Richard's sister, who just happened to have been his wife and the Queen of England at the time, but her recollections on the subject have not been handed down to us.
Having presented us with hundreds of pages of researched historical detail, the book ends oddly with a flight of fancy involving the dead man's soul being broken up, liquefied in hell and ultimately recovered by an angel. No idea what Wroe was on at the time of writing this section but it clearly has no place in a detailed historical analysis.
Ultimately an interesting if flawed book. Like a lot of historical romantics I would love to have had proof that Perkin was indeed Richard (or, failing that, definitive proof that he wasn't). It seems that, while the majority still hold that he wasn't, until the bodies of the Princes in the tower are produced, the romantics can continue to dream.

Fight Song
Fight Song
Price: £0.99

2.0 out of 5 stars Taylor Swift soundalike competition winner, 21 Oct. 2015
This review is from: Fight Song (MP3 Download)
Winner of this month's Taylor Swift soundalike competition. Last month it was black magic by Little Mix. I know Taylor Swift is popular but do these artists really have to do quite such an obvious vocal impersonation?
That said, quite catchy.

Dear Future Husband
Dear Future Husband
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Price: £4.30

3.0 out of 5 stars Good, but..., 21 Oct. 2015
This review is from: Dear Future Husband (Audio CD)
very catchy song, if somewhat ripped off, sorry inspired by, Runaround Sue by Dion & the Belmonts. Did we really need the not too subtle fellatio reference in the third verse of a song aimed squarely at 11 year old girls though?

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3.0 out of 5 stars Catchy pop but beware sexual content, 13 Oct. 2015
This review is from: Title (Audio CD)
This is catchy pop for 11 year old girls (such as my daughter). The three hit singles need no recommendation and 'bang them sticks' and 'Title' are not far behind. Most of the rest is relatively forgettable but I'm guessing most listeners will focus primarily on the best half dozen tracks.

My main issue with this is the overt sexual references, principally the fairly unsubtle fellatio allusion in 'Dear Future Husband', which I have to put up with my daughter and her friends singing on car journeys, but also the prospect of finding 'me naked in your bed' on title.

That caveat apart it's superior pop/dance music.

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