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Picking Up the Pieces
Picking Up the Pieces
Price: £3.44

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Herwin is always a joy to read, 10 Jun. 2016
This is an interesting book that charts 18 months in lives of three very normal but very different women in Bristol. I started off disliking the character of Elsa and liking Bernie and by the final few chapters my thinking had reversed. Liz is the character for me that held the book together and she's so well written and her ending for me was the best; not the resolution of her personal dilemma but the appearance of her daughter.

I've read quite a few of Ms Herwin's books and think she has such a charmed way of writing, she can make so much of a simple situation but coming at it from another angle. For example this sentence is so well crafted: 'But she couldn't concentrate. Every time she opened a book, the words danced on the page. Like beads in a child's kaleidoscope they rearranged themselves.'

It's definitely a book aimed towards the female market and that's okay but it's not frothy and floaty like some chick-lit, and any red-bloodied male could get into this and maybe take something from it.

I wasn't too keen on the religious references and that's my only reason for the 4 stars rather than 5 and that's just down to personal taste.

My favourite line in the book was: Her control pants were digging in something cruel' how many women will associate with that line. It's a perfect example of an experienced author connecting with her intended readership.


Comedy Adult Bedtime Stories volume 1
Comedy Adult Bedtime Stories volume 1
Price: £0.99

3.0 out of 5 stars Not enough beef on its bones, 24 May 2016
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Humorous but very basic standard of writing. I was put off by the way the author didn't be daring enough to be ruder and used a weaker almost subdued way of putting over the sauciness and sexuality within the pages. A fun read though but it starts to get boring after a few tales.


Fables and Fabrications
Fables and Fabrications
Price: £2.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Edwards can always be relied upon to deliver a good yarn, 24 May 2016
I've read much of Jan Edwards' work and this collection of tales reaffirms my belief that she's a consummate storyteller of great talent. Each offering is as different from the other like concrete and porridge, something other authors have a problem with in their collections. There's a superb fable about witch that runs a backstreet café with a twist at the end that hits you before you have the chance to brace yourself.

My favourite story is, The Abused and Him; a dark tale that chills the soul and leaves you with unanswered questions and thoughts of being haunted by the monster that killed you inside before you killed his physical being. (Well that was my interpretation and that's the beauty of Edwards' writing she allows the reader to tie up loose ends or make assumptions that suit their own psyche).

Jack Jumps Out of the Box, is written in the style of an American gumshoe detective which conjures up images of an old black and white movie. So well written is this piece that you'd be forgiven in thinking it was written by an American although the characters within it are staples from English children's fables and nursery rhymes.

A Taste of Culture has a lovely tongue in cheek ending and, Pet Therapy has this fabulous piece of prose that makes magic of the mundane: "She manoeuvred her wheelchair round and listened to hushed voices drifting along the corridor. It was a pale-sage tunnel that stretched through the building from main entrance to the carefully-shaded conservatory designated as the residents' communal room."

If you're looking for something that you can dip in and out of for a delicious yet different treat then this is for you, my only advice is savour it and don't be tempted to read it all in one sitting, save it for moments when you can enjoy it without distraction.
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Flux Design Small Fuchsia Pink Vintage Leather i-Clip Wallet Card & Note Holder
Flux Design Small Fuchsia Pink Vintage Leather i-Clip Wallet Card & Note Holder
Offered by Hothouse Designs Ltd
Price: £24.99

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars the only downside was the colour is more red than pink and not at all like the image on Amazon, 3 May 2016
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Arrived packaged really well, the only downside was the colour is more red than pink and not at all like the image on Amazon. This said it's a fabulous little wallet and although it can be tricky re-inserting notes at the till, the card holder is brilliant. The company needs new photos that are more like the product though.
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AmazonBasics CD / DVD Binder 400 Disc Capacity Nylon Black
AmazonBasics CD / DVD Binder 400 Disc Capacity Nylon Black
Price: £14.99

5.0 out of 5 stars No problems with this at all, 6 April 2016
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What can I say but that it does what it was designed to do. Once full is quite heavy and cumbersome, but this is expected when it holds 400 DVDs. Worth the money.


Neverlight
Neverlight
Price: £2.99

3 of 18 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Not worth wasting time and money on, 6 April 2016
This review is from: Neverlight (Kindle Edition)
Having had the misfortune to read Mr Weatherer's 'The Soul that Screamed' (reviewed previously), I decided to read the Amazon preview, and as I thought, this confirmed my suspicions that the 'writer' has not grown into his much longed for author boots yet. The writing is stilted and one dimensional with nothing to propel the reader through the text. As a professional writer and reviewer, (meaning I get paid to do it), it appears the young Mr Weatherer as ignored previous critiques and advice to obtain some expert training/tuition. His inability to not use a cliché is back, in the first tale' tongues wag' and in the second 'she was naked as a babe'.

Having already seen Abarath on the Inkitt site I didn't expect it to be the opening piece for an anthology, maybe it could have been shoe-horned between later pieces.

Why he chose to write '(name omitted)' from a work of fiction is beyond me, why not just invent a village name instead of coming over as superior to your readers by withholding something from them. Also in his first piece, Albert had a torch that didn't survive the descent into the maze yet his friend and narrator had a flash light - was the friend an American?

Finally, 'hellish screams' isn't a very original use of language and the use of the word fervour sounded odd; although not incorrect, maybe, urgency or vehemence would have fitted better. And what's with a comma before a closed bracket - basic punctuation lessons needed or sack Siobhan Marshall-Jones, the editor that obviously didn't do a very good job of editing this lack lustre writing.

I find it difficult to believe that this author is worthy of the accolades heaped upon him by friends in his reviews, and award winning? What award and who else was considered - this is high school standard prose at its most average. I make no apologies for the negativity of my review, maybe it's time to get a proper job and stop playing at being a writer. Who know's, maybe there's a vacancy at the local supermarket that fits your skill set.
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The Job Lot [DVD]
The Job Lot [DVD]
Dvd ~ Sarah Hadland
Price: £6.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Funny as...., 19 Mar. 2016
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Bonkers comedy, well acted and just on the edge of silly. If you're looking for something fun tio watch then this could be the one for you. Certainly made me smile through many a winter evening.


Large Waterproof Vintage PU Leather DSLR Camera Bag Cross Body Portable Case Fit DSLR with 2 lenses For Canon EOS 1300D,1200D,100D,750D 700D 650D, 60D 70D 7D 6D, Nikon D3300 D3200 D7200 D7100 D5500 D5300 D5200 Sony Fuji Pentax Bridge & DSLR Camera
Large Waterproof Vintage PU Leather DSLR Camera Bag Cross Body Portable Case Fit DSLR with 2 lenses For Canon EOS 1300D,1200D,100D,750D 700D 650D, 60D 70D 7D 6D, Nikon D3300 D3200 D7200 D7100 D5500 D5300 D5200 Sony Fuji Pentax Bridge & DSLR Camera
Offered by BV-electronics
Price: £29.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Does the job it was designed to do, 19 Mar. 2016
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There's room for all your bits and pieces including phone, notebook etc. Well made and good looking, this is a great product for someone wanting a bag that looks less like a camera bag, reminds me of a satchel meaning people are unaware that it has expensive camera equipment inside.


Love and Marriage [DVD]
Love and Marriage [DVD]
Dvd ~ Alison Steadman
Price: £9.74

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Light hearted humour, 19 Mar. 2016
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I enjoyed this very much, living outside the UK I often look for series I missed and this one was humorous and well written and the cast are brilliant, Steadman and Imrie shine.


Peak Design Cuff - straps (Digital camera, Black, Microfiber, Strap)
Peak Design Cuff - straps (Digital camera, Black, Microfiber, Strap)
Offered by Jack the Hat Photographic
Price: £17.45

5.0 out of 5 stars Worth every penny, 19 Mar. 2016
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This is by far the best wrist strap on the market, the ingenious cuff is nothing short of brilliant. Made well and robust you know from the start that this is the only one on the market that'll make sure your expensive camera is protected from being dropped. Don't wast money on the cheaper versions, if you want the best then buy Peak Design. I'm so glad a pro photographer friend recommended this to me.


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