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Last Dance with Valentino
Last Dance with Valentino
by Daisy Waugh
Edition: Paperback
Price: £12.99

4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Not what it said on the tin, 28 Mar. 2011
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I was very much looking forward to this book as the hook on the cover was that it showed the `real' Rudolph Valentino and revealed his great, secret, love.
I couldn't have been more disappointed. Valentino hardly appears other than in the beginning as a dancer/gigolo and odd glimpses throughout where he is a near-corpse in hospital.
The book is actually about Jenny, an annoying character who spends most of the story trying to catch up with Valentino in Hollywood. If this was set in modern times, she would be at best a sad groupie and at worst a stalker!
If the book were well written and constructed, I might forgive the absence of the supposed lead character. However, the over-use of flashbacks is intensely irritating after a while and I just couldn't care less about Jenny by the end.
The author states the volume is the result of 14 years research - if so, it doesn't show. There is nothing in the historical notes to indicate how she came up with Jenny and very little detail that anyone remotely interested in the era wouldn't know already.
The whole premise of the story is that someone laid flowers on Valentino's grave for years after his death and she was never identified. It is a big `ask' to hang a whole novel off one tiny fact and the author isn't up to the challenge. I suspect Waugh will make a great many sales on the strength of the deception that Valentino is at the epicentre of this book. I doubt very much, however, that she'll make any long-term fans if this is your first experience of her work.


Ornamental Knots for Beaded Jewellery
Ornamental Knots for Beaded Jewellery
by Suzen Millodot
Edition: Paperback
Price: £9.99

5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Ok I suppose, 15 Nov. 2010
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I bought this after seeing Suzen at a bead fair. The book is OK and covers a range of knots but there are a few down sides.
You seem to need a heck of a lot of cord to make anything of any gravitas in the way of knots. Anyone buying the book thinking cord is cheap in relation to chain had better think again. Also, a lot of the knots are small and lack impact.
Having said that the instructions are quite easy to follow and you get what it says on the tin. I'm just not 'grabbed' by the whole thing in the way I thought I might be.
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Bead Tempted
Bead Tempted
by Vigdis Mo Johansen
Edition: Paperback

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Tempting, 27 July 2010
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When I got this book I was a little disappointed at the lack of proper instructions but it is growing on me. The pictures are great and there are masses of projects. The items are displayed by colour and often projects are shown later on in a different colourway so you can judge the difference between warm and cool tones. A lot of the products used aren't available here in the UK but there are some interesting ideas on reusing old jewellery, buttons and even watches so there is bound to be something everyone could replicate. Some of the projects are a bit wacky (giant heart on a maribou 'ribbon') but the fun of this book is to use it as inspiration for your own ideas. It makes me smile and that can't be bad!


Mixed Metals: Creating Contemporary Jewelry with Silver Gold Copper Brass and More
Mixed Metals: Creating Contemporary Jewelry with Silver Gold Copper Brass and More
by Melinda A. Barta
Edition: Paperback
Price: £16.99

7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Metaltastic, 27 July 2010
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There are two reasons why I buy jewellery making books. The first is to learn a new technique and such books don't have to be pretty, just informative. The second is to gain inspiration. These books have to be sumptuously photographed and something you want to look at again and again.
Mixed Metals falls into the second category. All the techniques are well known and simply make use of chain, jumprings, headpins and all the usual paraphenalia of jewellery making. What makes the book exciting is the over-the-top use of materials. The pieces are rich and extravagant.
There aren't a massive number of projects but each one is photographed twice; once in a sort of gallery preview to the chapter in which it appears and then again alongside the instructions. This is useful because you get two views of the finished project. There are no step-by-step 'how to' pictures but I find these annoying anyway (how many views of someone's hand holding some pliers do you need?).
The book is divided into chapters for each type of metal and then there's a mixed metal section. Most of the pieces would be expensive in their shown format but you can always substitute plated metals for silver and gold; glass for gems etc. Some of the pieces are simpler than they look and would make great beginner's items (Garbo, First Lady, most of the earrings).
Suppliers are listed in the back of the book and hail chiefly from the States. This could annoy some people but bead stock changes so quickly these days even if you lived over a shop in the UK you will find items unavailable to you at some stage. It is easy to find substitute chains, charms and semi-precious stones and, if there was smething you just had to have eaxctly as shown, you could always make it from PMC or wire.
The majority of the items are quite chunky, which is my style, but if you wanted something more delicate you could always make just one portion of a necklace and hang it from a ribbon or chain. There are no rings or brooches but again, ideas from the book could be adapted.
The views on Amazon give you a pretty good idea of what the book has to offer so why not try it?


Strike
Strike
Offered by A ENTERTAINMENT
Price: £3.93

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Undecided, 23 July 2010
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I'm still undecided whether I love this or hate it. I bought it after seeing a video ad and thought it was a good way to get the modern songs I liked without buying loads of CDs. I also admired the sheer front of doing such a variety of material in a rock and roll style.
However, the songs seem frantically cheerful after a while and become a bit 'samey'. Unless you're in a good mood it can really grate. Some of the production sounds 'tinny' (but that could be my ancient kit).
Having said that, it does what it says on the tin. If you have a glass a wine and are prone to dancing round your living room inappropriately dressed, you'll probably love it!


The Lord of the Rings (Animated Version) [DVD] [1978]
The Lord of the Rings (Animated Version) [DVD] [1978]
Dvd ~ Christopher Guard
Offered by Splintered Visions
Price: £10.74

5.0 out of 5 stars Flawed but fab, 23 July 2010
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This was the first version of LOTR that I saw and it is still my favourite. Many scenes in this cartoon are similar to those in Peter Jackson's epic. Yes, it isn't the complete story and ends abruptly but there is still much to savour. If you haven't seen it yet, it is well worth a punt.


Eat Up!: Seeking out the Best of British Home Cooking
Eat Up!: Seeking out the Best of British Home Cooking
by Charles Campion
Edition: Hardcover

3 of 7 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Put down, 10 April 2010
There are no pictures. A recipe book with no pictures? As Charles himself might say, 'wrong on so many levels'.
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Canteen: Great British Food
Canteen: Great British Food
by Cass Titcombe
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £12.99

14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars It's great to be British, 17 Mar. 2010
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I love this book. It has great, quirky, illustrations and all the British classics you could want. I am sick of everyone raving about foreign food as if GB is some culinary dive. Yes, Thai, Italian and so forth are lovely now and again but tasty British grub has its place too. Smack your lips over Devilled Kidneys and Fish and Chips. Veggies are more than catered for with Mararoni Cheese and Mushroom Pie. Being biased, I was pleased to see Wales well represented with Glamorgan Sausages, Welsh Rarebit and Cawl. Those with a sweet tooth can indulge it with Carrot Cake and Victoria Sponge. What I particularly liked about the book is that recipes for suggested accompaniments are included - so you get great, fool-proof, jams, chutneys and sauces. Not only that, but the book gives suggestions on how to store things and how long they can be kept.
This would make a great gift for a foody friend. Better still, keep it for yourself and pass off that home-made beetroot relish and strawberry jam as your Grandma's secret recipes!


Encyclopedia of Wire Jewellery
Encyclopedia of Wire Jewellery
by Sara Withers
Edition: Paperback
Price: £12.08

66 of 74 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Don't believe all you see, 17 Mar. 2010
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I couldn't wait to get hold of this book as I purchased Ms Withers tome 'Decorative Beads' many years ago and found it excellent.
I couldn't have been more disappointed. When buying from Amazon the only thing you have to go on is the cover pictures. The designs shown on the Encyclopedia of Wire jewellery are intricate and beautiful. Naturally, I thought you would be shown how to make them inside. However, five of the designs are not even Ms Withers' own work but are made by other artists and only appear in a design gallery at the back of the book. Even where techniques are explained, only basic details are given and the pretty variations shown are for illustrative purposes only. Yes, I appreciate that the author says you can use the techniques (and your own imagination) to progress beyond the basic skill level but, with all due respect, if I wanted to just puzzle over a picture and work things out for myself I don't need to buy the book! Any coverage, in picture form, of London Fashion Week would allow me to do the same! Something which describes itself as an 'Encyclopedia' should be more comprehensive. On top of which, the pictures are small and the wirework amateurish (some of the 's' clasps are so spindly I wonder if they would hold). I feel I have been misled and, if it hadn't been so cheap as to make returning it pointless, it would be winging its way back to Amazon right now! There are better books on the market so give this one a miss.
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The Barchester Chronicles [DVD] [1982]
The Barchester Chronicles [DVD] [1982]
Dvd ~ Nigel Hawthorne
Price: £6.95

7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Rich rewards, 4 Feb. 2009
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There is only one word suitable to describe this feast - rich. The acting is superb, the costumes and scenery divine and the whole experience is like a long, warm, scented bath. If you like your TV where you have to listen, concentrate, marvel and enjoy - this is for you. Rarely have wit and pathos been married together so well. Don't just sit there - buy it!


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