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STAINLESS STEEL SHOCK PROOF GLASS COFFEE PLUNGER/M&hellip by Apollo
2.0 out of 5 stars Coffee full of grounds, 13 Feb 2014
It's a solid enough, and nice looking cafetiere but, as a few others have said, the filter leaks the grounds into the coffee, so you get a cup of coffee full of floating black specks. As there's only a few reviews that pick up on this problem, it could be an issue with the odd lame duck slipping through quality control, rather than a design flaw, but it might be worth bearing in mind that you might get unlucky with this product.
(Still, that probably goes for any cafetiere...)
Anima: Signs of Life/Course of the Heart (GOLLANCZ&hellip by M. John Harrison
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
This is a fine collection of two of M John Harrison's best novels. Neither is what you'd call "life affirming", but if you don't expect fluffy escapism from fantasy, these novels are wonderful.
It makes sense to group these two together, as there's a definite overlap in themes and mis en scene. Both present flickerings around the edges of reality that can't, quite, be dismissed. The difference between Harrison's work and most urban fantasy is the sheer weight and stress of his portrayal of reality and the crushing impact it has on anything numinous in the text. Both novels are grounded in the monetarist capitalism that occupy protestors find so offensive at the height of its powers… Read more
Meltdown Man by Alan Hebden
Meltdown Man by Alan Hebden
5.0 out of 5 stars A lost treasure, 17 Sep 2013
A lot of 2000AD's early '80s output gets overlooked in favour of bigging up the few pieces Alan Moore produced for the comic. Alan Hebden typically gets frozen out by this. Okay, he didn't go on to infest the American comics industry with a load of third rate pastiches of Ramsey Campbell's worst work, or rip offs of Superfolks, but Hebden did produce solid, entertaining and hugely inventive adventure stories, of which this is one of the best. The collection gets a further lift from Massimo Bellardinelli's beautiful artwork. This book is a joy, and deserves to be read and reread. It's nice to see that Rebellion have remembered why 2000AD spent five or six years as the best comic on the face… Read more