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Philips Shaver Series 9000, Wet and Dry Shaver with SmartClean S9031/26
Philips Shaver Series 9000, Wet and Dry Shaver with SmartClean S9031/26
Price: £216.64

4.0 out of 5 stars Smooth, comfortable shave and a great design., 18 Sep 2014
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Attractive design that's nicely balanced in the hand and shaped for a comfortable grip. The 'contour detect technology' means the shaving heads move in 8 different directions for a really thorough shave with the help of 'v-track' blades that guide the direct the blades. It does leave skin smooth and soft without signs of irritation after shaving. Out of use the razor sits nicely inside a charging unit that contains a cleaning cartridge, 1 included. The cartridge is really important if you want to keep the blades in optimum condition and you will have to keep on buying them in the future; they're not cheap, at the time of review they're almost £18 for three. Three will last for approx. 9 months, 3 months per cartridge, depending on your personal shaving routine. Everything about this razor has been designed to make shaving as effortless and precise as possible. You're buying into high end technology. Does it work better than other brands?. I think it's much more about how nice it is to use and how nice it is to look at but; there's no doubt you'll get a great, smooth, quick shave. I would recommend especially as the original price is now tumbling. Perfect Christmas gift.


20th Century Ghosts
20th Century Ghosts
Price: £5.99

4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent variety of themes and beautifully written., 16 Sep 2014
A collection of 15 short stories, originally published in 2007, from the pen of Joe Hill. I read the book five or six years ago and, while I didn't appreciate all of the stories, I was genuinely blown away by the scope of the subject matter and quality of writing.

What Hill does here is what his father has done for longer than I care to remember; he brings people and places to life and twists ordinary situations into the surreal. This is a blend of emotion/fantasy/horror and though visceral in places it's also subtle and understated. Nothing here scared me, nothing here was how I expected it would be, this isn't traditional horror writing though some of the characters and themes are undoubtedly 'horrible'. This is a showcase of how contemporary horror has moved on and how well it can be written.

The stories are now being released as Kindle 'singles'. I don't know how many will be released in that form but possibly all of them. They're cheap to download and a nice place to start if you haven't experienced this author before. I'd recommend you to download the whole book. At least then you have other stories to delve into if you're not enjoying the single.

Be prepared for a lot of 'weirdness' 20th Century Ghosts is neither straightforward nor is it usual storytelling.


Pop Art
Pop Art
Price: £0.49

3.0 out of 5 stars Emotional story with light horror. Not his usual style., 15 Sep 2014
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This review is from: Pop Art (Kindle Edition)
Pop Art was originally published in the UK in 2005 and is one of the stories from 20th Century Ghosts; a horror anthology by Joe Hill. It appears more of the stories are being re - issued as Kindle singles. Might be in your interest to download the entire book if you're interested. Probably cheaper to do so.

Pop Art is extremely surreal to the point of absolute weirdness. It's the story of an unhappy, lonely boy who forms a deep friendship with another boy but; Art is far from usual.

The story is very short and took less than an hour to read. Is it a horror?. Pop Art has some contemporary horror elements worked in but it's not a horror in the traditional sense in fact it's quite emotional.

I didn't particularly enjoy Pop Art. In my opinion it's one of the weaker stories from 20th Century Ghosts. I prefer my horror less 'warm and cuddly'.


Hornby R768 00 Gauge Cows
Hornby R768 00 Gauge Cows
Price: £5.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not the greatest. Paint finish isn't great. They look clumpy., 15 Sep 2014
This review is from: Hornby R768 00 Gauge Cows (Toy)
Husband bought this set of 10 cows, 2 different colour schemes, for our grandson's train set. They're perfectly to scale with all of his other bits and pieces but the paint effect is quite poor and they're clumpy to look at. Grandson isn't bothered but he's 3 and only interested in the trains whizzing round. Wouldn't buy again. If you have a large train set and are placing the cows somewhere not too obvious you probably won't notice. Up close - not great.


The Story of Baby P: Setting the record straight
The Story of Baby P: Setting the record straight
by Ray Jones
Edition: Paperback
Price: £11.95

4.0 out of 5 stars Politics, the system, the media and a little boy - disturbing., 15 Sep 2014
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I'm intentionally keeping this review short and sharp. The death of this child, and others like him, doesn't require trivial comments.

Extraordinarily insightful study of what happens when politics and press get into bed with one another over the brutal death of a child. This isn't the story of little Peter. This is an account of the circus that opened up around his death and makes for uncomfortable reading. I was staggered by some of the information here. Certainly an eye opener.


Imaginext Dragon
Imaginext Dragon
Price: £21.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Great ROARING interactive dragon that's lots of fun., 15 Sep 2014
This review is from: Imaginext Dragon (Toy)
We have an Imaginext Castle and it was sort of inevitable that we added a dragon at some point. He's absolutely great and while not a huge size he's still quite impressive at 34.3 x 27.4 x 12.4 cm. Through a variety of infra red signals, from dragon to castle, and manual buttons the dragon ROARS, moves his head, opens his mouth and flaps his wings. Requires 2 x AAA batteries, included, and he fits in perfectly with the other figures from the Imaginext castle range. More than happy to recommend.


Hornby Ceramic Mug
Hornby Ceramic Mug
Offered by addedpeppa
Price: £7.95

4.0 out of 5 stars Medium sized mug with vintage appeal., 14 Sep 2014
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Bought for my husband who has been a Hornby fan since childhood. The mug is the right size for a medium cuppa and decent quality. It's all about the train decoration and I particularly like the whole vintage look. Presentation box is sturdy enough and adds that extra 'something' if you're giving as a gift. There's a lot of red on the mug and box which gives it a festive feel. Nice for Christmas and I'm happy to recommend.

4* not 5* simply because at this price I expected more decoration, maybe a bit of gold finishing on the handle and rim, instead of so much plain white porcelain.


The Leper House (Kindle Singles)
The Leper House (Kindle Singles)
Price: £0.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Surreal and unsettling short story., 13 Sep 2014
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Loved the scene setting and sense of detachment as the principle character becomes lost in the dark on a strange road. There's a whole play on what's real and what's not and it works. The story is too short for me to go into any detail. I don't want to spoil it for you. I'll only say that if you enjoy surreal, unsettling fiction then you should enjoy 'The Leper House'. I did. Love to see it worked further into a full length novel. Found the idea behind the real 'Leper House' really intriguing.


Rooms
Rooms
by Lauren Oliver
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £10.49

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Gentle, slow story of ghosts and human sadness., 13 Sep 2014
This review is from: Rooms (Hardcover)
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Rooms isn't a haunted house story in the traditional sense of the word. The ghosts here are quite gentle, sad and faded. I expected spooky goings on and 'bumps in the night' having read the blurb. That's not what Rooms is about. This is the story of real time people moving into an old house that's packed with the memories of previous occupants. It's also packed with their possessions. To begin with there are two ghosts. They live a disembodied life travelling around inside the walls of the house watching and listening as a new family, the Walkers, settle in. The Walkers aren't an awful lot of fun. They're a sad bunch with tragedy in their past. None sadder than younger son Trenton. I'm not giving anything away but; eventually someone else enters the house and this 'someone else' hasn't been invited. Jealousy and intrigue begin to stir the dust and memories as a certain type of rivalry builds. Unfortunately, for Trenton, he has an ability, 'a gift', that puts him right in the firing line. It would seem mixing secrets and ghosts leads only to tragic consequences.

This novel is screaming out for some tension and darkness to properly define the supernatural elements and separate the living from the dead. Sometimes it was hard to tell!. It's all nicely told and the plot's OK it's just a little bit bland and a little bit cliched.

Can I recommend?. If you like your haunted house stories on the very light side and you're happy with a family based mystery you'll probably love it.


Imaginext Castle Lions Den
Imaginext Castle Lions Den
Price: £39.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect castle playset for 3 years upwards-lots of interaction., 12 Sep 2014
This review is from: Imaginext Castle Lions Den (Toy)
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This is a great toy and both my grandson and my granddaughter love it. The castle in large, 61.5 x 15.5 x 40.6 cm, and requires 2 AAA batteries, included, for the lights, music and noise features. There are three floors to the back of the toy and a rooftop balcony area. To the front the 'lions mouth' gateway has illuminated eyes and makes a roaring sound to ward off attackers. Accessories included; 2 x guards, 1 x dragon knight figure, two of each helmets, axes and shields plus throne, king’s crown, lion figure and a crossbow that fires six small disks. There's a lot of interaction...much more than I anticipated. It is a little bit scary for very young children but I was so happy to find such a great action set aimed at the 3+ age group. I've struggled to find my grandson something appropriate for his age and this is perfect. Solid, well made structure that stands firmly without wobbling and stands up to all manner of rough and tumble game play. If you have any dragons or knights from other sets then throw them in. We've added our Mike the Knight toys and he fits in perfectly. Having said that; Fireman Sam has also taken part!. Really happy to recommend this toy. We think it's great.


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