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Crap Days Out
Crap Days Out
by Gareth Rubin
Edition: Hardcover

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Quotes things that are incorrect, but in the name of humour, 15 Aug. 2012
This review is from: Crap Days Out (Hardcover)
Although the author has been leads you to believe that sheffield people are known as dee dahs because neighbouring towns see them as lah di dah, rather than the true reason of notts and derbys inhabitants belief that yorkshire people pepper their language with thee and thah, it's only to make the passage more humourous... Made me wonder what else he was wrong about, but it is meant for fun not as a social commentary...


The Charmer
The Charmer
by Mandasue Heller
Edition: Paperback

3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Dire sub 'Mills and Boon' garbage, 19 Mar. 2012
This review is from: The Charmer (Paperback)
I've read quite a few books from this author, and find her to be pretty interchangable with Martina Cole - When she is good she is great, and when she is bad she's just awful... The sex scenes put me in mind of what Dave reads to Nanna in The Royale Family 'Queen of Sheba' episode - really dreadful Mills and Boon style junk... The main character is dull as ditchwater, and her boyfriend instantly forgetable... The other characters are two dimensional with very little to 'flesh them out'... I did finish it, and the ending was as weak at the rest - Seemed like she'd forgotten a few lines/scenes for it to actually make sense! Total garbage - only read if all other books unavailable! Glad I picked it up in a library as would have felt cheated spending a single penny on it!


The Birthday Cake Book
The Birthday Cake Book
by Fiona Cairns
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £18.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely Beautiful!, 20 Feb. 2012
This review is from: The Birthday Cake Book (Hardcover)
One of the best novelty cake books I have seen, since the book details how to decorate, how to create some rather unusual decorations of your own and the sponge recipes are also varied and interesting. Can't wait to make caramel liquorice fairy cake icing! Possibly not suited to the absolute beginner, but with a little help from a more experienced friend or a instruction video sourced from youtube, most people who have at least baked a cake previously should produce something that will make them want to bake again and again!


BaByliss 2856DU Pro 200 Purple Nano Straightener
BaByliss 2856DU Pro 200 Purple Nano Straightener

5.0 out of 5 stars So much heat - so very tiny!, 14 Sept. 2011
Possibly the smallest straighteners on the market, they heat up to 200 degrees and do it so fast, you can just plug in, turn on and start styling! The plates are about a inch by 4 inches or so, so only suited for short hair and fringes... Fantastic price and incredible product if you have short hair and need a small styler for taking out and about! Shame not gas powered, rather tnan electric, but we can't have everything!


The Jump
The Jump
by Martina Cole
Edition: Paperback

2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Spoiled by the terrible main character..., 10 July 2011
This review is from: The Jump (Paperback)
Generally speaking, I enjoy Martina Cole books - particularly the older ones - but this book is one of the worst I have ever read, and it's main flaw is the awful lead character who is so wet and pathetic you want to leap onto the page and kill her yourself! Sadly, Martina and her stereotypes of women either being virgins or whores (surely this cannot be because she has had a Catholic upbringing?) allows this 'virgin' to live, even though her character doesn't really move on or develop throughout the book... Cut her out of this tale, and it could have been another fun romp!


Bowie: A Biography
Bowie: A Biography
by Marc Spitz
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £20.00

17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Poor edit makes this book almost impossible to read..., 3 Oct. 2010
This review is from: Bowie: A Biography (Hardcover)
I thankfully did not buy this book, rather I borrowed it from the local library! I wanted to post a review to stop anyone else wasting their cash on it!

This bio is a mish mash of other bio's the author had read, badly edited so that the same phrase (or cliche) often appears in a sentence twice. Even more infuriating though is when he occasionally tells you about a meeting Bowie had with some no mark, then has forgot that the two had met already by the next paragraph...

Perhaps the publisher wanted the book put out quickly, so there was no time to reread prior to print, but it makes for a long and difficult read. Nothing new is revealed anyway, so don't put yourself through it as I have just done!

Avoid!


The Hummingbird Bakery Cupcakes & Muffins
The Hummingbird Bakery Cupcakes & Muffins
by Tarek Malouf
Edition: Hardcover

93 of 93 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Don't buy if you already have their cookbook!, 15 Sept. 2010
The recipes are great - just a shame that I'd baked them all before, when I bought their cookbook! The bun and muffin recipes are all the same as the original book, just without the biscuit, brownie and pie recipes... Don't buy this one thinking that the recipes are new, as they don't include a single new one... I had hoped that it was a book with new cakes and savouries, but I'm not sending it back - I am sure I can think of several friends who deserve this book for a present!


Shame On You
Shame On You
by Clara Salaman
Edition: Paperback
Price: £14.99

1 of 5 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Only read if you have an hour to spare..., 22 Aug. 2010
This review is from: Shame On You (Paperback)
This is one of the worst books I have ever read, and I read about 2 a week... Writen in the style of a feature length 'Take A Break' tale, it's loose, gets lost in itself and with the author seemingly desperate not to get beyond 300 pages, is hastily ended in a heavy handed manner... No redeeming features whatsoever...


Someone to Love Us: The shocking true story of two brothers fostered into brutality and neglect
Someone to Love Us: The shocking true story of two brothers fostered into brutality and neglect
by Terence O'Neill
Edition: Paperback
Price: £8.99

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing tale of sorrow and survival, 10 Jun. 2010
I tend to avoid true life stories of pain and suffering, but having read the blurb at the back of this book in the library this week, I took it out and read it cover to cover today - Truely amazing story of a young boy who suffered in care so horribly, to the point of having his brother die in bed next to him - he really believed in the 1040's that his brother hadn't died in vain, and that social services would get their act together... Just goes to show that nothing changes, and life today is no worse and no better than it was 60 years ago... I'd recommend this book to anyone who wouldn't normally read survivors stories - there is no schmalz, no desire for pity, just honesty and a will to carry on...


One Day
One Day
by David Nicholls
Edition: Paperback
Price: £5.84

5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Amazing how to see that so many people think this book is good - it struggles to be 'okay'..., 5 Jun. 2010
This review is from: One Day (Paperback)
Two people who meet on the evening of their graduation, suddenly becoming best friends for 20 years? Ok, I was prepared to go with that - but the two characters described would never have had the relationship the author wants us to believe, and this is the books main flaw... 'Spoilt posh boy' Dex and his best mate 'working class northerner' Em have next to nothing in common... You really have to leave reality on the door step to read this, as it plays out like a bargain basement Richard Curtis film... If you think that there is any value in that sort of writing, you are in for a romp! If, like me, you need to be able to believe in or at least care about the characters in the books you read, leave this one on the shelf...


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