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The Maze of the Magician: The First Turn of the Wheel of Fate
The Maze of the Magician: The First Turn of the Wheel of Fate
Price: £4.20

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Like no sic-fi Fantasy I've read, 23 Feb. 2014
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The concept and idea of this is so different and exciting - I love the idea of so many different characters being involved in a story and seeing how it all ties together. The other worlds have a wonderful realism to them whilst remaining in the fantasy 'other place'. The different characters as the story develops are fascinating and intriguing, and you are drawn in immediately and want to see them grow and how they deal with the very unique situation they find themselves in. This is going to be epic - a must read.


The Secret Garden
The Secret Garden
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Secret Garde, 21 Jan. 2013
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This review is from: The Secret Garden (Kindle Edition)
I read this book many year ago when I was in middle school, and was absolutely delighted when I was looking through Amazon's free classics available for kindle and found The Secret Garden again. Just remembering the words from so long ago bring back the amazing evocation of spring, joyous excitement and new growth - a perfect read for the new year, I felt. Any book that can elicit that much excitement and thrill just through the memory of it has to be an amazing story - and it is in the Classics section for a reason.

The Secret Garden is one of those wonderful books that are written for children, but are still just as enjoyable for an adult as you go back to read it in later years. I don't think it's just about rekindling some of the childhood memories, the book is so captivating and full of Magic itself, that you can't help but feel that you are completely caught up in the children's' secret, and feeling the spring time growing up all around you. The characters for the children are written perfectly, with the innocence of behaviour and circumstance written so that you feel sympathy for them, not frustration at their bratty and spoilt behaviour. I love all the broad Yorkshire characters, from sweet Martha to the worldly 12-year-old Dickon - Burnett is able to describe the Yorkshire Moors with such clarity and wonderous effect that I defy anyone to not want to book a week up on t' moors, or create their own magical garden full of flowers and plants and birds and creatures.

The book also holds something which I think is important for adults to understand as well. Through the growing of the garden and the development of the children, Burnett describes the importance of positive thinking - through either Magic, religion, or whatever you believe in, it 'du na matter' what its name is. I'm a firm believer that things happen for a reason, trying to remain positive, and making your own things happen for yourself. This is a great thing to instill into children, but a lesson that we can all take as we grow up and begin to come across the uglier things life can throw at us. Lost jobs, broken relationships, dreams seeming to struggle to get off the ground; The Secret Garden shows how some fresh air and a decent outlook to work miracles, and I guarantee that reading this will give you a fresh, exciting view on life and what you can do with it.

I'll leave you with a line from the book that near broke my heart with its wonderful aptness:

"Where you tend a rose, my lad, a thistle cannot grow."


The Secret Supper Club
The Secret Supper Club
Price: £4.49

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The Secret Supper Club - Dana Bate, 21 Jan. 2013
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As a bit of a foodie myself, I was definitely drawn into the plot line of a woman struggling with her job, relationships and life in general, who seeks solace in baking, cooking and eventually, the running of her own underground supper club. Set amidst the backdrop of one of the political captials of the world, Washington DC, the legal grey area of the whole setup of a supper club is thrown into sharper relief, with higher risks and bigger consequences. I have to admit, as the main character Hannah attempts to juggle the supper club plans and her very analytical role in a `think tank', there was a lot of political/business/financial stuff that I didn't understand, but whilst that made those sections a little dull to read, it added to the realness of the character, as you began to appreciate that Hannah doesn't much understand either.

However, when it comes to the details of the menus, shopping and cooking for the supper club, the pages are a real treat to read through. From Jewish holiday foods to state-specific classics, each supper club is themed and the guests - and readers - learn something new every time. The passion and enthusiasm Hannah has for her cooking is more than evident, and as well as getting more than a little hungry, you really feel for her as she battles to get her dream of working as a caterer realised against her pushy parents, who are mortified at the thought of her even cooking as a hobby. Quite frankly, it's enough to inspire anyone to get out and away from any dead end job and go out and realise their own dreams!

As you can imagine with a secret underground restaurant, there are more than a few hiccups along the way, and the bad to worse scenarios keep you eager for more as you think, along with Hannah, that things can't possibly get any worse. And then they do. There are twists and sudden surprises abound, as seemingly everything in Hannah's life falls to pieces around her, but her fiesty attitude and hilarious comedic value keep it light hearted and great reading, whilst tugging at your heart strings along the way. There are lovely bouts of `will they, won't they', and the wonderful insight a reader gets from being an outside perspective and being gobsmacked at how blind some people can be to seemingly obvious signs of attraction. People watching at its best!


Guitar Hero 6: Warriors of Rock - Guitar Bundle (PS3)
Guitar Hero 6: Warriors of Rock - Guitar Bundle (PS3)

2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic birthday present!, 27 Sept. 2011
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I bought this for my fiance for his birthday, and he has not put it down for 2 weeks! the way the 'career' section has changed, its now a quest which puts an interesting spin of things, setting you specific challenges as opposed to just playing through songs - not like that wasn't fun anyway! The quick play is even quicker now, and the extensive song list has something in there for fans of every kind of rock music. with guitar hero it really is a no brainer, you know its going to be amazing - the guitar that comes with this pack looks really cool too!


Guitar Hero: Metallica - Game Only (PS3)
Guitar Hero: Metallica - Game Only (PS3)
Offered by FUN-N-MORE
Price: £19.49

5.0 out of 5 stars Not just for Metallica fans!, 27 Sept. 2011
I bought this game for my fiance for his birthday, as he is a huge fan of metallica and has wanted this for ages. He didn't actually have guitar hero so it was cheaper to buy the guitar with another game, and this metallica game seperately - would highly reccommend doing it this way! The game is absolutely fantastic, he was really impressed with how 'metallica' the menus etc were, and the bonus features were interesting, as neversoft actually got the band together and put them in the funny suits with little bobbles on to get the movements for the game absolutely perfect. The game is great fun anyway as any guitar hero would be, and has songs other than metallica on ther for the other halves who aren't quite die hard fans, so don't worry! Just a great game, money very well spent :)


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