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Locke and Key Vol. 5: Clockworks (Locke & Key Volume)
Locke and Key Vol. 5: Clockworks (Locke & Key Volume)
Price: £5.52

5.0 out of 5 stars Simply amazing, 6 Nov 2014
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Title says it all, I wish more writers would learn from this depth of story telling and suspense. The series gets better and better, in this volume tying up many set up arcs from earlier on, with some well placed flashbacks done in an inventive method which doesn't feel forced at all. There is no doubt this is building to what promises to be a phenomenal climax.


Angels And Demons: (Robert Langdon Book 1)
Angels And Demons: (Robert Langdon Book 1)
Price: £3.59

5.0 out of 5 stars This book is why the da Vinci code was so well received..., 7 Aug 2013
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I heard it said that after this book Dan Brown was approached by Hollywood to write a more fast paced action packed story that would be more suitable to translate to a script, that turned out to be the da Vinci code. The funny thing is after reading all of Brown's offerings about two or three times I still think Angels and Demons is far more exciting, intense and packed with suspense, mystery and drama than its sequel, not to say it's sequel is not good however. It is a shame in my opinion then, that after the success of the da Vinci Code's outing in the cinemas, Hollywood just decided to cash in by making a poor adaptation of this to film, butchering the book completely.

I believe many people were introduced to the character of Langdon via the success of the da Vinci Code and may not have read this book, and the poor film adaptation which focused more on the religious aspects rather than the scientific may have put many off...however if they gave it a chance they would find a truly fantastic thriller here with plenty of original mystery thrown in for good measure. The story begins with a gruesome murder in the modern home of the scientific world, then the revelation that a new breed of super weapon has been stolen and will be used to lay waste to the Vatican during the election process for the next pope... the further threat, that on every hour one of the candidates in line will be publicly executed in an horrifically twisted manner almost born from the mind of the Saw creators. Brown slowly increases the intrigue by introducing an ancient enemy, the Illuminati into the mix by way of a failed assassin acting on command from an invisible entity believed to be a high level Illuminatus and also a Vatican insider...this is a true page turner full of Brown's usual wealth of knowledge of art history, symbology, and clandestine groups, and is a fantastic start to the Langdon series.


Tapout Holdall Mens Black -
Tapout Holdall Mens Black -

4.0 out of 5 stars great value for money, 7 Aug 2013
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This bag is just the right size to carry all your kit for a full on training or sparring session and a fresh change of clothes afterwards. It is even more than adequate for a short holiday and is the right size to be allowed as carry on hand luggage, as it can easily accommodate a few changes of clothes, shoes, and has a variety of pockets, some discrete and some easily accessible and some vented which helps after a workout for damp things such as swim gear, hand wraps or heart rate monitor straps which you may not want to keep in a closed bag right away. It even has a flat pocket on the bottom which is convenient for books, folders or even a laptop if traveling abroad so long as you don't forget and drop it down.all in all a great all around gym bag, only one star knocked off due to the plastic clips for attaching the straps to the bag.this is a large bag that could be used to carry a lot and whilst they have worked well so far, it would be better to see a more sturdy method of fastening here such as metal clips/carbiners.


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4.0 out of 5 stars not quite as advertised, 7 Aug 2013
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First of all these plushies are amazing, I bought them as a gift for my girlfriend and she seemed to really like them, they are great quality, really soft, and just look right. The description however states that whilst not in original boxing these come with a lovely carry bag which is not true as mine did not. There was a very long delay with these arriving apparently due to high demand but the seller was very helpful and communicated this to me before I even had a chance to ask and included a small free gift to make up for it which was kind.


Locke and Key Vol. 4: Keys to the Kingdom (Locke & Key Volume)
Locke and Key Vol. 4: Keys to the Kingdom (Locke & Key Volume)
Price: £5.43

5.0 out of 5 stars Epic, 23 July 2013
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The saga continues, building on the madness and pace of the first three volumes and delivering more surprises on the way. Good and evil seem to go all out in this volume with tensions mounting and suspicion closing in around Dodge, be prepared for a cliff hanger that will have you buying volume 5 faster than you can blink.


Locke and Key Vol. 2: Head Games (Locke & Key Volume)
Locke and Key Vol. 2: Head Games (Locke & Key Volume)
Price: £5.43

5.0 out of 5 stars Keeps getting better..., 18 July 2013
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The second volume of this series definitely picks up the pace here, with characters and storylines already established well in the first, this volume can get right into the swing of things straight off the bat...however, don't let that fool you into thinking Locke and Key doesn't have any more mysteries to trade you with, or the ability to have you feeling delightfully out of the loop at times only to surprise you with little curveballs every now and then...the only criticism I can make here is that sadly it doesn't seem to be as long as the first volume but the quality and content is there in spades, getting volume three right away.
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Locke and Key: Vol. 1 Welcome to Lovecraft (Locke & Key Volume)
Locke and Key: Vol. 1 Welcome to Lovecraft (Locke & Key Volume)
Price: £6.40

5.0 out of 5 stars Prepare to make what seems like a worthwhile long term investment..., 17 July 2013
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This is a graphic novel with many nods and homages to many great horror, mystery and sci fi endeavours. What I love about it is that it has faith in its audience, with a first volume comprising of several well developed chapters setting up various plotlines, characters, and already throwing up and delivering a few nice twists and fascinating questions, you know that this is going to be a series where you can expect to be in on a long haul for some of the more deep rooted mysteries, but at the same time it will be an enjoyable ride.

The elements and nature of mysteries in this tale are perhaps most inspired by the miniseries "The Lost Room" focusing in the first volume on mystical keys/items that appear to have supernatural effects and/or, open doors to realms beyond or different to our own... The recent series "Lost" also appears to be somewhat influential by way of the nemesis we encounter in the climax of the first volume due to echoes, the way in which it is contained, and the unusual power and influence it appears to have, as are certain Japanese horror movies for its location and appearance.

The title is obviously going to draw Lovecraft fans in and they will not be disappointed as the township, Keyhouse, and many elements of mystery and dread permeating the tale such as madness, death, magic, hints at demonic forces, etc all echo themes from his short stories and novellas.

This is easily one of the best graphic novels I have read in a long time and pacing and artwork wise I would rate it up there with Civil War, Fear Itself, and Nemesis; as for the story it is rare to find something this deeply developed in a graphic novel. If you are a fan of the old series "American Gothic" or more recently "American Horror Story", and as I previously mentioned "Lost" and "The Lost Room" you should be very pleased with this to say the least.


The Room (Kindle Tablet Edition)
The Room (Kindle Tablet Edition)
Price: £0.69

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5.0 out of 5 stars Wow, 16 May 2013
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Highly original, creepy, atmospheric with a wonderfully eerie, Lovecraftian feel to it, and all the while providing genuinely enjoyable puzzles. Can't wait for the sequel!


Tuff-Luv Type View Hemp Clean Pad Case Cover with Sleep Function for Kindle Fire HD/Nook 7 HD - Black
Tuff-Luv Type View Hemp Clean Pad Case Cover with Sleep Function for Kindle Fire HD/Nook 7 HD - Black
Price: £24.99

4.0 out of 5 stars Almost COMPLETELY perfect, 27 April 2013
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OK I own many Tuff Luv products and believe them to be the single greatest third-party developer of cases in general. Their Kindle Paperwhite Embrace case is the best available case on the market in my opinion, and this one is pretty much the Fire HD's equivalent, (I was unable to find an Embrace for the Fire HD, but this one looks the same due to the aesthetic design so I assume it is supposed to be), anyway, I love my Paperwhite case from Tuff Luv so was very eager to get my hands on this.

Don't get me wrong, but two things REALLY disappointed me here when I first unpacked and saw it. First of all, if you look at Amazon's own Fire HD case you see they incorporate slots for the speakers, the Fire HDs speakers are pretty much the best of any tablet so you don't want to mess that up, having the back of a case block the speakers off then seems like a pretty major no no.... however, after long term use I have to say this complaint is not so serious as somehow, the audio doesn't appear to take much of an impact at all from this oversight, although other cases which block off the speakers do make the audio suffer very badly. Tuff Luv seemed to get away with this omission pretty much unscathed, though, for a company so innovative and considerate with all the little features they include in their products, it would be good if they could take this into consideration in future redesigns; the only reason I can think they may have not done this is that it seems to be compatible with both the Fire HD and the Nook, and they may well have speakers in different places so it would be awkward to do incorporate for both. The second thing that really let me down is that a very important feature I desperately wanted in a case I was going to buy which many other companies did not include in their cases, was a slot for a stylus. I do a lot of art and have several apps for it, I am fed up of losing styluses, and like keeping one together with my kindle if I am just taking it out with no bag or anything else. Now this case does have a slot for the stylus, it also has the convenient auto sleep/wake function magnet which we have all become so reliant on now, that many have forgotten we can actually turn our Kindles off and on without it... however, the magnet for the sleep wake function is tiny and positioned over one veeeery small specific place of the Fire HD's screen when you close it, if you have a stylus inserted in the slot, which is where the spine of your book would be, as you close the case it pushes your Kindle slightly down and out of the correct position. Even if the stylus is VERY thin this still occurs, the magnet and the sleep/wake location do not align correctly meaning that it completely negates the auto sleep/wake function of the magnet, and is a real shame for anyone expecting to enjoy both of these features at the same time.... This could have been easily remedied had they simply placed the elastic for holding the stylus on the outer edge of the case or simply used a wider magnet, hopefully this may too be considered if there is a future redesign.

So on with the good, slight barely noticeable speaker transgressions and stylus holder placements aside, this case nails everything else perfectly. The fabric is top notch, comfortable and lasting, the aesthetic design is subtle and elegant, resembling both a classic book binding with the decorative lines, and a diary/planner with the metal clip and elastic binder features. This is the only case out of many for the Fire HD that I have seen that actually has a perfectly functioning stand that does not slip or fall, with any of the others when you are watching a film on it, or talking on Skype, after a few seconds or minutes, bang, your stand slips open or collapses over and you feel like an embarrassed tool in front of anyone that may have been watching... not so here, two interlocking clips stop that from happening meaning a stand that *wow* actually stands... and remember the earlier comment about Tuff-Luv being innovative and considerate with little add-ons? Well they made it stand both ways, you have two levels of elevation due to the very simple and clever way it has been designed, all you have to do is simply flip the case down onto the backside and turn the Kindle to face you again and the screen auto-rotates and you can go from using the Kindle for things like watching movies or Skyping to the lower elevation for features such as typing web-browsing, etc, also Tuff Luv have been kind enough to include a little screen wiping pad that safely slots away into the binding of the case itself without adding any extra bulk to the overall design, another unnecessary but convenient addition that makes them stand out among other companies.

So for the money you get an amazing case here, functional, comfortable, and very beautiful looking whether you are a guy or a girl it is stylish, great to use, and looks like an elegant thin Filofax more than a recognisable tablet case, meaning if you are in a coffee shop or walking down a street and DON'T want to advertise to everyone that you have a tablet worth stealing, this case will be worth having to remain a little more subtle. I did not want to knock a full point off for lack of speaker slots or the stylus sleep-wake function issue, because this is fantastic and well worth the money without that, however, one thing certain other cases offer that this model does not, is the landscape/portrait rotation whilst in in the stand mode. It is only one minor omission, and they did include the two levels of elevation which other companies do not have, so for just these little gripes I will only deduct one overall star, as it is still in my opinion pretty much excellent. This case is still just downright awesome looking, comfortable, and more than worth the money.


Tuff-Luv Natural Hemp 'Embrace Plus' case cover & stand for Kindle Touch / Paperwhite (Sleep Book) / 6" E-Ink - Black
Tuff-Luv Natural Hemp 'Embrace Plus' case cover & stand for Kindle Touch / Paperwhite (Sleep Book) / 6" E-Ink - Black
Offered by Tuff-Luv
Price: £24.99

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars best there is, 27 April 2013
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I have purchased many items from this company, and have bought an earlier version of this style cover (hemp with similar design) for an earlier kindle model, and that too was pretty much perfect. the material is very comfortable and makes holding your kindle easy on the hands and more relaxing than using other cases that may be more robust and therefore detract from the pleasure of just getting comfortable and lost in reading. Amazon's own leather case is another product I own, and whilst I use the Fire HD version all the time because it is best due to the durability and speaker slot design it incorporates, the Paperwhite version in my opinion is too rough on the hands if you simply want to read due to the hard design and the edges which soon become a little uncomfortable, and many cases suffer due to this. - I do still love the Amazon one and use it whenever I take my Kindle to read at work because people there are a mess and I am paranoid about stuff getting spilled or dirty and the Amazon one you can wipe clean with a wet cloth, the Tuff Luv one being fabric makes this much harder and this in all honesty is the only criticism I can make of it.

Tuff Luv have managed to make a case here that is worthy of the name "Embrace", it is both durable and comfortable, you will definitely feel your Kindle is well protected as it is heavily padded and firm, without being too bulky (with the Kindle inside the whole thing is only a little thicker than a DVD case). The design is beautiful and the on/off magnet is well placed and works every time. The stand is a little pointless in my opinion but works very well, I simply feel that I personally would never have a reason to be using it on the Paperwhite but to each their own, it doesn't add to weight or the size of the product as it is incorporated into the overall padding and protection of the case so it is fine. The hand-strap however is very good and works well even if you have large hands though it may take a few hours to "break it in" a little and feel more comfortable, I use it all the time when reading now. Awesome product.


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