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RED WAGON Unisex Kids' Dino Boots, Green, 11 UK Child
RED WAGON Unisex Kids' Dino Boots, Green, 11 UK Child
Price: £42.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Cracking Pair of Boots, 20 Oct. 2017
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These are a very nice, if not always practical pairs of boots. My son absolutely loves them. They fit comfortably and are very well made. The Dino motif isn't too in your face. Subtle and understated Raaaaas! Considering the price is somewhere around the Clarks price mark and quality appears to be just as good (time will tell. I'll update if I have any issues,) these seem like a good buy. Unless you want school shoes, then these won't work Unless you're children go to dragon school like Zog.

Excellent fun, sturdy boots perfect for autumn yomping!


Bomb Cosmetics Countdown To Christmas Advent Calendar
Bomb Cosmetics Countdown To Christmas Advent Calendar
Price: £15.97

3.0 out of 5 stars Hard to open the doors., 19 Oct. 2017
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I have mixed feelings about this advent calendar. It's a great idea and the products are nice. It looks good too. As an advent calendar experience it rather lacks something.

Because the packaged needs to be well sealed to prevent moisture getting in. Under the cardboard doors is a foil film that is really tough to push through. Once you have pushed it through, many of the items, particularly the soaps are very difficult to get out. In the end, we just opened to top of the cardboard and slid the whole try our to pull out what we needed. This isn't necessarily a problem, but it does rather spoil the "what's behind the door?" idea of the advent calendar.

The products themselves are very nice, and considering what you can pay for cute cosmetics the current asking price (£16) seems pretty reasonable.


Unplugged
Unplugged
by Steve Antony
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £12.99

4.0 out of 5 stars A gentle, if slightly preachy, fable., 18 Oct. 2017
This review is from: Unplugged (Hardcover)
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This is gentle, if a little preachy, fable about the perils of spending too much time plugged into your computer (he says, writing on his computer.)
The illustrations are fun and the message an important one, though possibly not so much for its target audience.

My 12 yo needs to remember there's more to life than a black rectangle, but pre-schoolers? Hopefully, they're still seeing plenty of the outside world. Perhaps then this is a reminder to parents to get out more. We all know how easy it is to allow the black monolith take over babysitting duties.

My children enjoyed this book. It's a nice book. I'm not sure it will ever become a favourite. Though the contrast between colour and monochrome pages do give the book and extra dimension.


Satellite
Satellite
by Nick Lake
Edition: Paperback
Price: £7.99

2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Utterly completely brilliant., 8 Oct. 2017
This review is from: Satellite (Paperback)
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Satellite. There really aren't enough superlatives to describe this book. Comparisons to the Martian are inevitable. It shares a similar dramatic science theme. Yet whilst never supplying the visceral thrill of Andy Weir's runaway bestseller, Satellite has many facets that The Martian doesn't. Aimed at the Young Adult audience, its main characters are teenagers. All three of whom have been brought up, from birth, in space.

As the novel opens they are on the cusp of returning 'home' (to a place they've never even set foot on.) This being a novel, things don't go as planned, but the three do make it to Earth's surface. Once there, life is much more challenging than they expect, and they discover that they have not been made aware of all the goings-on on the planet they have orbited all their lives.

The story is heart-rending in places, told through a diary account of Leo, one of the children. The language is stylised, without capitalisation and text abbreviation. There are no emojis! The novel is very hard to put down. This is the first "shut down the world, I need to finish my book." book that I've read in quite some time. It is utterly compelling. The characters are great. All of them, central, supporting and peripheral. The science is interesting and informative and the narrative forces you to read on and on.

The book is perfect for it's teenage audience but older readers will find much to enjoy too.


Sony LSPX-S1 Glass Sound Speaker - Clear/Aluminium/Brown
Sony LSPX-S1 Glass Sound Speaker - Clear/Aluminium/Brown
Price: £799.00

3.0 out of 5 stars Great Sound. Astronomical price., 3 Oct. 2017
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This is a great quality speaker at a price that will make you scream.

I've never heard a portable speaker sound so good. There's even an opportunity to connect two together to listen in stereo (maybe.)
But whilst the sound quality is good, it isn't, in my opinion, £800 good. Sound wise you'd get better value for money with something like the House of Marley Get Together Portable Bluetooth Speaker. I've used that a lot at home and whilst the Sony is better, it isn't 4 times better.

So perhaps it's style. I'll be honest, style is not my watchword. This is undoubtedly impressive. Particularly if you want to pretend you have part of a comic book movie doomsday device or want to pretend your paraffin lamp plays music. I found the light pretty disappointing. It's a not particularly appealing yellowy colour. It will probably be vulgar to say this, but a bit of colour morphing would have made the speaker more interesting.

The glass feels very fragile too. This is definitely not a product for a house full of children. Which is unfortunate. If you have a minimalist house and like paying way over the odds for stuff, this speaker is probably perfect.


Maped Color'peps Superhero paint - Fluo & Metallic colour pack
Maped Color'peps Superhero paint - Fluo & Metallic colour pack
Price: £9.69

4.0 out of 5 stars It's a crayon, It's a felt tip, No - It's Superpaint!, 2 Oct. 2017
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Bright vibrant colours with a superhero twist. I've been very impressed with these paints. Bright vivid colours that dry as almost as bright as they come out of the bottle. They don't stain hands or clothes either, an important factor for children's paint. The paints are on the pricey side, but the quality is good. Sometimes it's better to pay a little more, to get paint that dries evenly.

The paints do flow out quite quickly so that's something to watch if little hands are using them.


Nivea Elegant Skin Gift Pack
Nivea Elegant Skin Gift Pack
Price: £15.00

4.0 out of 5 stars Solid products but mundane., 29 Sept. 2017
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This a nice, if unremarkable gift pack. A host of solid Nivea products, that you can use everyday. I'll be honest though I can't imagine buying it as a gift, as it is a little mundane.


Madness is Better than Defeat
Madness is Better than Defeat
by Ned Beauman
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £12.90

4.0 out of 5 stars Invigorating reading but not quite as good as I hoped., 19 Sept. 2017
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Ned Beauman is a singular talent. His books are anarchic and diverse, though there are some common themes between them. Madness is Better than Defeat, is not, as I first thought, a parenting manual, it's a riff on Heart of Darkness and Apocalypse Now. A film crew head into the jungle in Honduras hoping to film on location at newly discovered Mayan temple. The book opens in the 1930s. - The golden age of cinema, and filthy rich steel magnates. One such billionaire also decides to send a group of people into the jungle to bring back the temple to New York where he can have it reconstructed for his own personal use.

The two groups arrive at the same time, reach a stalemate on dismantling the temple or not, and both decide to stay there until the other group moves. This takes longer than expected, and the novel chronicles the exploits of the two camps as they start to go mad, pickling in their own juices.

"Madness is Better than Defeat" is a crazy novel. It's narrated by a former CIA agent, in the form of a confession, of sorts. The novel in its absurdities and setting is reminiscent of "Catch 22" and "Tree of Smoke." It describes the interplay between the two isolated groups and the relationships that form between them. It analyses classic powerplays and the fallibility of "Intelligence". It remains readable throughout without ever really going anywhere. The book has a spiritual element to it too, which borders on farcical.

As is often the way with Ned Beauman books, I'm undecided about what I think of it. I'm glad I read it. Much of it is a joy to read. Beauman's prose and writing style are gifts that keep on giving. Yet, I am left slightly underwhelmed by the novel as a whole. I'll continue to read his books because they always challenge. Beauman has a fresh interesting voice in a world where I struggle to find books that pique my curiosity (I think this is my age starting to show.) I can't help but feel he's an author with a truly great novel inside of him. Madness is Better than Defeat isn't it though.


Pirate Blunderbeard: Worst. Pirate. Ever. (Pirate Blunderbeard, Book 1)
Pirate Blunderbeard: Worst. Pirate. Ever. (Pirate Blunderbeard, Book 1)
by Amy Sparkes
Edition: Paperback
Price: £2.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars My son loved this book., 19 Sept. 2017
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My son, who is a reluctant reader absolutely loved this book. Apparently, it's funny and uses lots of interesting words. He said it's fully of inventions that he's going to use as inspiration for when he's an inventor when he's older. There's also chickens and dragons, but I'm not sure how they fit in.

There are few things more gratifying than hearing your reluctant reader son whoop with excitement when reading which is exactly what happened with Pirate Blunderbeard. We've often discussed whether books can be exciting, and now he finally believes me!

He immediately wanted me to order book 2 in the series, which is what we've done.


Marvel's Spider-Man 1000 Dot-to-Dot Book: Twenty Comic Characters to Complete Yourself
Marvel's Spider-Man 1000 Dot-to-Dot Book: Twenty Comic Characters to Complete Yourself
by Thomas Pavitte
Edition: Paperback
Price: £9.98

5.0 out of 5 stars Another Marvel-lous Dot-to-Dot, 19 Sept. 2017
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Another great Dot - to Dot book from Thomas Pavitte. If you have a number-obsessed budding Picasso, who likes Spider-Man this is pretty much the perfect gift. There's something magical about the way each picture unfolds. And they are quite time-consuming too. My children do sometimes get bored before finishing one, but being a dot-to-to it's easy for them to start off again where they finished.


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