jenny wren

Helpful votes received on reviews: 77% (155 of 202)
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Top Reviewer Ranking: 33,707 - Total Helpful Votes: 155 of 202
Chemistry of Essential Oils Made Simple by David 9tewart
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
I thought I would be put off by the religious aspect, but I wasn't; it doesn't intrude in a bible-bashing kind of way, at all. This is an excellent book, full of integrity. Being a person who was scared of chemistry, having never done it at school, I am finding it really gripping now! The pace is just right. There's a lot of info about essential oils and their quality and a useful critique of the available aromatherapy books. The author has his own opinions and is not afraid to share them. This is more a book geared to the French school of aromatherapy, where oils are taken internally and in other ways, and not to the British 'massage model.' Stewart does a lot to dispel the fears that… Read more
Brilliant Bread by James Morton
Brilliant Bread by James Morton
33 of 36 people found the following review helpful
I've just bought this book and am half way through reading it already. And that's it, really, for me, I'm usually underwhelmed by cookbooks, and breadmaking books that explain things in a way I can relate to, that really grab me, are hard to find. I think this is possibly the best book I've ever bought on breadmaking. James has a truly individual and quirky way of explaining how all things bread actually works, and there's nothing too technical here, thank goodness. I also have Paul Hollywood's book and shall sell it, James's book is far, far better because it is geared to the domestic home baker, because that is what James is. It is SO refreshing to read a book that is full of… Read more
The Satanic Verses by Salman Rushdie
The Satanic Verses by Salman Rushdie
4 of 10 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Pretentious tosh, 30 Oct 2012
This must be one of the worst books I have ever read. If it hadn't been written by Rushdie, but by some unknown author, it would have remained on the slush pile. No author should crave the indulgence of the reader to read his book; he should remember he survives due to those who read. It is badly written, full of hideously clunky metaphor and a style that feels like Rushdie simply emptied the contents of his head onto the page at regular intervals in a kind of verbal vomit, did not bother with editing, but persisted purely out of a sense of his 'right' to write. I really wanted more from this book, but its utter pretentiousness drove me away. I would have banned the book on account of it… Read more

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