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Rubbernecker
Rubbernecker
by Belinda Bauer
Edition: Paperback
Price: 3.50

3.0 out of 5 stars 'Rubbernecker' Belinda Bauer, 25 Aug 2014
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On the one hand, this is an apparently unusual approach to a ‘whodunnit’. Both main characters have severe communication problems: one suffers from Asperger’s Syndrome, while the other is desperately trying to break out of a coma. Characters who are dead, dying, in a coma, or otherwise engaged are, however, increasingly common in contemporary fiction, particularly the type of ‘crossover’ fiction that this book closely resembles. The situations of both characters are sympathetically described, and I felt involved in their predicaments, but only up to a point. There are quite a lot of clunky passages where the author seems to be trying to create something more psychologically complex, but they don’t quite work. The ‘whodunnit’ plot is quite cleverly handled, but somehow feels contrived. Overall, I’d say it was OK, but no more than that.


Maxsima - LP-E10 Battery For Canon EOS 1100D, Rebel T3, Kiss X50, LPE10
Maxsima - LP-E10 Battery For Canon EOS 1100D, Rebel T3, Kiss X50, LPE10
Offered by Cameramarket UK
Price: 10.05

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5.0 out of 5 stars Maxsima - LP-E10 Battery for Canon EOS 1100D, 28 July 2014
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Like other reviewers I was delighted to find this battery, because it's almost one third of the price of the 'official' Canon LP-E10 battery. It charges up and performs perfectly when in the camera itself. Result: double the battery power when using the camera a lot. What could be better?


Canon EF 50 mm f/1.8 II Lens
Canon EF 50 mm f/1.8 II Lens
Price: 75.00

5.0 out of 5 stars Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 II lens, 28 July 2014
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This is an excellent lens at a great price. It arrived very promptly, well packed. I thoroughly recommend it.


Only by the Night
Only by the Night
Offered by DVD Overstocks
Price: 4.15

5.0 out of 5 stars Only by the Night Kings of Leon, 25 July 2014
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Brilliant


Happy Valley [DVD]
Happy Valley [DVD]
Dvd ~ Sarah Lancashire
Price: 11.52

2 of 7 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Happy Valley Sarah Lancashire, 25 July 2014
This review is from: Happy Valley [DVD] (DVD)
I didn't catch this series when it was broadcast, but bought the DVD because of the huge amount of praise it received. I watched the first episode, and found the characterisation strong, with some genuinely humourous scenes, and the underlying plot draws one in. However, I found viewing the second episode really distasteful. The narrative dwells on the suffering of the character taken hostage in an unpleasant way. What really put me off, however, was the treatment of the hostage's rape, conveyed by very brief visual and verbal hints that had an almost salacious quality.
I was surprised by these elements in an otherwise well-written script, particularly one that clearly trades on the idea of a strong female lead, but I will not watch any more of the series because I suspect this thread of sadism will reappear, in the same kind of very rapid, almost subliminal glimpses.


The Suspect
The Suspect
by Michael Robotham
Edition: Paperback
Price: 6.29

2.0 out of 5 stars The Suspect Michael Robotham, 25 July 2014
This review is from: The Suspect (Paperback)
I've now read two Robotham titles, 'Say You're Sorry' and this one. He can plot well, and has the basic thriller-writer skills: pace, energy, unexpected twists, characters you can quickly identify with. Yet in both books he embeds small but extraordinarily unpleasant details that leave a nasty taste in the mouth long after finishing the book. No thanks, Mr Robotham, I certainly won't buy anything else of yours.


Pentel 5.0mm Bullet Point Retractable Permanent Marker Retractor Mechanism with Tip Protector - Black
Pentel 5.0mm Bullet Point Retractable Permanent Marker Retractor Mechanism with Tip Protector - Black
Offered by Office Needs
Price: 4.90

5.0 out of 5 stars Pentel 0.5mm retractable marker, 25 July 2014
Brilliant, retractable( so useful) broad stroke black marker invaluable for parcel labelling, writing quick notices, etc.


Winter's Bone
Winter's Bone
by Daniel Woodrell
Edition: Paperback
Price: 6.29

4.0 out of 5 stars Winter's Bone: Daniel Woodrell, 25 July 2014
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This is a very bleak, sparse narrative, following the struggle of a young woman to hold her family (ailing Mum and two young brothers) together against the background of a frighteningly dysfunctional culture, the 'poor whites' of the Ozark region of the US. It is a damning indictment of the current, dominant 'You can have it all' US culture, laying bare the rancid underbelly of the American Dream. The society in which she moves is feral, where it is almost literally a 'dog-eat-dog' struggle for an amazingly basic way of life. Paradoxically, her peers and relatives consider themselves bound by ideas of family loyalty, and the extreme disparity between their fantasy of 'family' and what they actually do to each other is drawn out in excruciating, unsparing detail.
There is some hope, in that the main character does succeed in her immediate aim of keeping a roof over her and her family's heads. Yet one is left with a chilling sense of the profound horrors that people will endure, and still continue to exist, day after day, year after year.


Barton Hollow
Barton Hollow
Price: 5.85

5.0 out of 5 stars Barton Hollow The Civil Wars, 25 July 2014
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This pair's voices are perfectly suited to one another, and the result can be excruciatingly beautiful, as on 'Falling,' for example, or 'Billie Jean.' Pity they're having a 'hiatus' at the moment: let's hope they reunite.


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First4Spares 35mm Stair Tool For Miele Vacuum Cleaners
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Price: 5.49

5.0 out of 5 stars 35mm stair tool for Miele vacuum, 25 July 2014
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Excellent: fits my Miele vacuum perfectly.


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