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To Train Up a Child: Turning the hearts of the fathers to the children
To Train Up a Child: Turning the hearts of the fathers to the children
by Debi Pearl
Edition: Paperback
Price: £5.14

2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Until Amazon remove this book, I will not shop here again., 29 Nov. 2013
Until Amazon remove this book, I will not shop here again. It advocates child abuse. Every time I want a title I can only buy from amazon, I will donate the money to the NSPCC instead.


Knits Men Want: The 10 Rules Every Woman Should Know Before Knitting for a Man Plus the Only 10 Patterns She'll Ever Need (Stc Craft)
Knits Men Want: The 10 Rules Every Woman Should Know Before Knitting for a Man Plus the Only 10 Patterns She'll Ever Need (Stc Craft)
by Bruce Weinstein
Edition: Paperback
Price: £11.99

6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Very nice patterns, instructions could be clearer., 16 Mar. 2011
I bought this book after searching high and low for a sweater pattern for my Dad's birthday and wasn't disappointed by those on offer here. The tone is light-hearted, the photography is excellent and the patterns are relatively easy to make. My only criticism lies in the sometimes unclean instructions - the tables don't say that the gauge refers to how many stitches per inch - something essential when selling a US book in Europe as we tend to work in cm.


Phantasy Star Zero (Nintendo DS)
Phantasy Star Zero (Nintendo DS)

3.0 out of 5 stars Old School!, 13 Aug. 2010
= Fun:5.0 out of 5 stars 
I spent waaaaay too much time playing Phantasy Star for the Dreamcast but was horrified by the xbox version, which IMHO just felt like a lazy port. As a result, I was really sceptical when I started playing PS0. I needn't have been. This is a wonderfully fun game, very true to earlier versions. It poses enough of a challenge for experienced players, yet the controls are simple enough that anyone can pick it up and enjoy.

My only real complaints are that the main plot arc is rather short (though there are new quests to complete, once you've beaten the big boss) and that the camera gets REALLY annoying. If you can struggle through the first few quests though, you do get used to it.


Being You
Being You
by Mary E. Holmes
Edition: Paperback

3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful!, 15 Nov. 2008
This review is from: Being You (Paperback)
This is a very eloquent, well-written little book, describing extraordinary events in a way that everyone can relate to. This astonishing true story deals with identical twins, separated at birth, who meet for the first time 30 years later. 'Being You' deals with the emotions involved in a very sensitive, heart-warming and often funny way and is well worth the read.

A feel-good book, perfect for Christmas.


Fecundity!
Fecundity!
by Meg Plummer
Edition: Paperback

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brave, 6 Oct. 2008
This review is from: Fecundity! (Paperback)
This is a remarkably brave book, dealing with themes rarely broached in mainstream media. By showing us a future in which the government has the nation's DNA on file, children are monitored at all times by their parents and crime is almost non-existent, Meg Plummer has created a Britain that is neither utopian nor distopian - a very rare thing in any book dealing with 'tomorrow'. In fact, with the introduction of ID Cards and Biometric passports, Fecundity! manages to address a multitude of issues relevant to us today.

The characters, despite their unusual lifestyles (by today's standards) still come across as very human and are not the generic 2D models often presented in novels where the plot of the story is the driving force. In fact, the atypical relationships forged add a great deal of depth to the somewhat conceptual plot and the down to earth language of dialogue, coupled with the sparing use of colloquialisms, really make the loving but often strained relationships more believable.

It did take me a few pages to get into the story, the opening sequence being of a rather unsavoury nature, but after a few pages I was thoroughly involved and could really identify with the characters, making the rest of the book fly by.

By far the the most unusual and interesting thing about Fecundity! is the fact that the reader can vote as to the outcome. In today's 'Big brother' society(And I mean it in both the 1984 and the Channel 4 sense!), this could well be the future of the novel. The book, as a form of interactive media has a long way to go and Meg Plummer seems to be at the forefront, enabling readers to interact with her characters and their environment in order to change this fictitious future at fecundity.uk.net.

I would heartily recommend this book.
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The Princess Bride
The Princess Bride
by William Goldman
Edition: Paperback
Price: £7.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Magic., 10 Sept. 2007
This review is from: The Princess Bride (Paperback)
This is, simply put, the best book ever written. It's funny, touching, exciting and unusual - particularly the premise that Goldman is, in fact, translating a far older manuscript.

It really does everything it promises - there's adventure, swordfights, beautifulest ladies, true love, giants, evil villains, heroes, pirates, death defying magic and about as much sarcasm as anyone could ever hope for. It's a wonderful book for grown-ups on account of the humour and a brilliant book to read to both little girls, and boys because the content would please either.

In short, this is my favourite book in the whole wide world and I simply can't praise it enough.


Lost Soul (Satylea Scrolls)
Lost Soul (Satylea Scrolls)
by Dot Taig
Edition: Paperback

5.0 out of 5 stars Charming., 15 Mar. 2007
"Charming" is possibly the most appropriate word to describe this book. It follows the adventures of Finn, a boy from the moon who was "born" (I use the term loosly!) different to everyone else. His unscheduled birth meant that there was no soul mate ready for him and so Finn sets off to find his own, meeting the charismatic Blue Rabbit along the way.

My rather incoherant ramblings don't do the story justice and I think the best thing to do would be to look at the website :)

If you search for "amberlyte" it is the first link on the list and has information about the author and maps of Finn's home.

While the story itself is lovely, its also got quite educational, featuring a host of famous historical figures, information about the moon and the stars.All in all, wonderful book.


Dizzy Up The Girl
Dizzy Up The Girl
Offered by 247dvd
Price: £3.98

8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful, 25 Jan. 2007
This review is from: Dizzy Up The Girl (Audio CD)
This album is simply beautiful.

While everyone raves about Iris following the Ronan Keating cover, I'd like to mention some of the less known songs from this CD such as Slide, and All Eyes On Me. The latter in particular is worth note as it somehow manages to be melancholy and upbeat all at once. My favourtie song on this Album (and possibly at all) is Black Balloon. I was lucky enough to see it performed live in Cambridge on the Let Love In tour and was blown away by just how moving it is.

This album is possibly the best CD you'll ever buy. I know it IS the best in my collection.


Space Channel 5
Space Channel 5

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best. Game. Ever., 25 Jan. 2007
= Fun:5.0 out of 5 stars 
This review is from: Space Channel 5 (Video Game)
Seriously, this game is incredible!

I actually first played this game on a trip to America shortly after it came out. I liked it so much I went home and bought a dreamcast, then Space Channel 5. I think the best thing about this game is its simplicity - anyone can play it and enjoy the colourful, cheery setting. Though it doesn't have a two player mode it's still a great game for parties and gatherings because you can quite easily take it in turns to play. The various levels are divided into little sections which makes "tag-team" play really easy. Well, easy if you can bring yourself to hand over the controller - this game is honestly the most addictive thing I've ever played.


Let Love In
Let Love In
Offered by westworld-
Price: £8.98

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Goo's grew up., 11 Dec. 2006
This review is from: Let Love In (Audio CD)
Compared to earlier albums like "Hold me Up" and "Dizzy up the Girl" this CD is incredibly adult yet at the same time optimistic, hopeful and crammed full of energy. With the incredible lyrics of "Let Love In" and "Beautiful" this CD shows just how mature and powerful the Goo Goo Dolls song-writing has become.

It's even better once you've seen it performed live!


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