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Avojo Black Peel Off Mask Set of 4 Sachets (10ml each)
Avojo Black Peel Off Mask Set of 4 Sachets (10ml each)
Offered by Instant Beauty Fix
Price: £10.00

3.0 out of 5 stars It washed off with lots of cool water and my face looked rosy and glowing, 28 Jan. 2015
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I wear glasses so had trouble applying this evenly. I put it on in the bath - the instructions do not say whether your face should be wet or dry - and it did not set properly. It could be, I was impatient and didn't give it the full 25 - 30 minutes.

It washed off with lots of cool water and my face looked rosy and glowing.

Good product if you are not encumbered with spectacles and have the patience to wait.


Psychopathic Cultures and Toxic Empires
Psychopathic Cultures and Toxic Empires
Price: £5.81

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant Book - Some sweeping generalisations, though, 26 Jan. 2015
Will Black writes eruditely and in a way that holds the reader's attention. I found myself having to read this book in one sitting.

Black remarkably and incisively identifies much of what is psychopathically wrong in our culture. Not an easy thing to do, due to its broad subject matter, with recognisable psychopaths in all walks of life, politicians, teachers, priests, social workers, rock stars, PR gurus, the list is endless.

If I may offer constructive criticism, this book would be infinitely more powerful if Will Black had researched and interviewed his own witnesses to psychopathology.

I deucted one star as I disagreed with his view - which he is entitled to, as an atheist - that all religions are scams of some sort.

Good writing, good topic.


The Doll and other stories: Strange tales
The Doll and other stories: Strange tales
Price: £1.29

5.0 out of 5 stars A Carteresque Collection of Fantasy, Magic, Innocence and Horror, 23 Jan. 2015
Miriam Hastings writes with beauty and sensitivity. It is no surprise to learn she is an award winning author. This book is a collection of three short stories.

The first story, The Doll, is deceptively simple, in the voice of a young girl, albeit in third person narrative. Yet each sentence packs in so many layers of different meaning, emotion and nuance. The reader is left wondering if he or she imagined it all. The end is such a tour de force - true horror - I can picture this as a tv suspense drama.

Horns is an amusing tale of a young man. The author stretches the story to its limit, rather in the similar manner of a stand up comedian, except of course, it treads the fine line between tragedy and farce, with all sorts of unexpected turns and surprises.

My Fall is completely different. Hastings constructs a veritable fairy tale scenario of exotic characters in faraway lands. This strangeness is invoked by the reader having to imagine which countries the story takes place. We have the juxtaposition of beauty, lightness and joy with darkness, weightiness and horror. The story has the surreal elements of a dream, underpinned by the shadow of a nightmare.

It has elements of Angela Carter fantascism, a collage of magic, circuses and otherworldliness.

Miriam writes with varying shades, textures and tones, such that the stories remain with you for a long time afterwards.

I can recommend the author's award-winning novel,The Minotaur Hunt also available on Kindle.


SINGLE BED DUVET COVER & 1 PILLOW CASE SET WOODLAND CREATURES, OWLS, FOX, FLOWERS / TREES, BROWN, ORANGE, GREEN
SINGLE BED DUVET COVER & 1 PILLOW CASE SET WOODLAND CREATURES, OWLS, FOX, FLOWERS / TREES, BROWN, ORANGE, GREEN
Offered by Price-Right-Home
Price: £12.19

4.0 out of 5 stars Cheerful and Attractive - Speedy Delivery, 21 Jan. 2015
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Fabric a bit thin, but otherwise as cheerful and attractive as described.

Have not opened the package yet (but could see through the fabric).


Disclaimer
Disclaimer
by Renée Knight
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £10.39

3.0 out of 5 stars Psychological Thriller -Obsession Genre, 20 Jan. 2015
This review is from: Disclaimer (Hardcover)
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A psychological thriller, revolving around a mysterious manuscript, it is undoubtedly well written. Set in London, I was able to relate to scenarios at the British Library and the underground.

Apparently the rights to this book have been sold in 25 countries and is set to become a Hollywood film.

Indeed, _Gone Girl_ by Gillian Flynn had similar treatment, and, while the writing is polished (you can almost imagine a team of ghostwriter editors knocking it into shape) it is not literary. It's pure "holiday reading" and to be honest _Disclaimer_ one-third of the way through is beginning to have rather too many coincidences for my liking.

The characters have pretentious names. For example, Catherine Ravenscroft, or, Stephen Brigstoke. Brigstoke is the creepy first person narrator, a stalker type of dubious credentials, ex-schoolmaster suspected of being a paedophile, then there's the son, Nicholas Ravenscroft, 25, a troubled Kev-type. Catherine herself is a successful documentary film maker with concomitant luvvie-style work colleagues, also famous on national tv.

The writing technique is to narrate Catherine's ordeal in the third person, so the reader remains in dread as to what is about to happen to her.

There is a big market for this type of fiction. It deals with obsession, paranoia, horror, sinister threats, same old, same old. To be honest, I did not much care what happened to the characters.

This is not to disparage the novel, because despite not liking the genre much, I did enjoy Gone Girl the movie, so that's not to say this book is not successful.


Reply to a Letter from Helga
Reply to a Letter from Helga
by Bergsveinn Birgisson
Edition: Paperback
Price: £5.94

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Bawdy Icelandic Saga, 17 Jan. 2015
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A bawdy romp telling of one man's sexual fixation with a love interest of his youth. Problem is, he is already married, as is she.

It is written in the form of a response to a letter from his love obsession, Helga. It is set in Iceland against a back drop of farmsteads and Icelandic mythology.

It very cleverly hooks the reader's interest insofar one continues to turn the page to discover the point of the letter and why Helga has written to our lovelorn narrator, who writes from the vantage point of an old man with not long for this world.

It is a short novel, less than 100 pages. However, because of the poetic and literary style of writing, it is not fast reading, and each line is vastly concentrated with many ideas, nuances, references and feelings.

It has a Chaucerian feel to it, with the contrast and similarites between life, death, sex and carnality.

However, it is all rather unlikely the narrator, supposedly a simple Icelandic peasant farmer, would also be erudite in the Greek classics and can quote Voltaire at will, not to mention ponder the meaning of purity and depravity like a learned philosopher, as the author would have us believe.

All in all, the narrator comes across as rather pleased with himself. Reminds me of August Strindberg or even Knut Hamsun. So unbearably smug, for all the fine wisdom.

All very jarring!


The Collection
The Collection
Price: £6.99

5.0 out of 5 stars For the Good, the Bad, I Don't Want to be, A Page in your Diary, Babe..., 17 Jan. 2015
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This review is from: The Collection (MP3 Download)
Alison Moyet and Vince Clark, who made up Yazoo, brought out some of the best music of the '80's. In particular, Upstairs at Erics, which tells the heartrending breakdown of a real relationship, and You and Me Both, a funky electronic masterpiece that really showcased Moyet's remarkable bluesy voice.

This compilation is not as good as the two separate albums, above, in that the concept is destroyed by definition, with the tracks in no logical order. I guess we should be grateful to be able to have the mp3 download, as neither of their othet albums are available, except in audio CD format.


Catch A Fire (Remastered)
Catch A Fire (Remastered)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Why Don't You Come With Me, I'll Take You To A Land of Liberty..., 17 Jan. 2015
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Easily one of the best albums ever made. It is right up there with the all-time greats.

Bob Marley and Peter Tosh wrote wonderfully poetic lyrics. Marley sang everything with such a serious face and with great intelligence.

One classic song after another: Concrete Jungle, Four Hundred Years, Stop That Train, Funky Reggae, Midnight Ravers. I like it. I like it. I like it.

In the background we have marvellous keyboards and "wailing" backing vocals.

Outstanding. A record of great stature and merit.


Up, Up And Away
Up, Up And Away
Price: £8.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Classic. Mellow. You will never tire of listening to this., 17 Jan. 2015
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This review is from: Up, Up And Away (MP3 Download)
One of the best records you will ever hear. Stills sounds fresh and relevant today. This was a favourite of singer-songwriter Nick Drake.

My favourites? If I Could Reach You, On The Beach, Another Day, Another Heartache, Let the Sunshine In/ Aquarius, Carpet Man, etc, etc. In addition, they handle Laura Nyro classics so well. For example, the beautiful Stoned Soul Picnic and Wedding Bell Blues.

I never tire of listening to this. I am pleased to see that at last this is available in mp3 download format.


Showing Up: How to Make a Greater Impact at Work
Showing Up: How to Make a Greater Impact at Work
by Tim Robson
Edition: Paperback
Price: £11.99

4.0 out of 5 stars Come out of the playground, come out from behind your job title: Show Up!, 16 Jan. 2015
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Inspirational book which examines workplace dynamics. It is healthily sceptical of those of us who treat the workplace as an extended version of school, with the boss the forbidding headmaster.

Robson's philosophy is anti-conventional. He eschews unecessary time spent in meetings and conferences, cc-d emails and fancy job titles.

He makes lots of IT analogies (apps, ubuntu), references social media and tv shows.

I found it a little disjointed with so many mixed metaphors. However, I have given it four stars as I liked his ethos of lateral thinking and that, like me, he hates "being cc'd in to other people's emails."


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