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Loved By the Sun
Loved By the Sun
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Not the Jon Anderson version, 10 Oct. 2015
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This review is from: Loved By the Sun (MP3 Download)
This is a retread by some no-name singer, not the one from the film. Avoid.


Scholar (Imager Portfolio)
Scholar (Imager Portfolio)
by L. E. Modesitt Jr.
Edition: Mass Market Paperback
Price: £7.99

2.0 out of 5 stars What was his editor thinking??, 10 Oct. 2015
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Started ok, and some interesting stuff until the guy gets to Tilbor. Then Modesitt turned off his brain and churned out routine stuff he's written n times before. Then a tedious military campaign; and then, horror!!! Modesitt realised that he'd reached his word count and still left the boy-girl bit unresolved. So he finishes it all in four pages, in a crude and unbelievable manner. Very lazy.

Bit of a hack these days, is LEM. But his editor should have smacked him and made him redo the last third of the book.


A Long Way 'Til November (The Royal Wizard of Yurt Book 9)
A Long Way 'Til November (The Royal Wizard of Yurt Book 9)
Price: £1.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another great novella in the series, 12 Sept. 2015
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This is the third "Wizard of Yurt" novella and a good one. No spoilers, but if you liked any of the novels or novellas then you will like this.

It is set after "Daughter of Magic" and features many familiar characters. It is told with the usual charm and humanity.

The only unsatisfactory bit is the cover, which doesn't help to sell the item. This is light fantasy! Most novellas do have a professional cover.

Recommended.


Universal 30 - 38 mm High Quality Universal Vacuum Cleaner Mini Attachment Kit for Intricate Cleaning
Universal 30 - 38 mm High Quality Universal Vacuum Cleaner Mini Attachment Kit for Intricate Cleaning
Offered by VacMagic
Price: £5.97

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Works fine, 12 Sept. 2015
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There are no instructions so it can be a little confusing. The thick unit plugs into the tubing of your vacuum cleaner. On the other end of the thick unit, put the thick-to-thin adapter. Then get the white tubing and stick that on the thin bit of the thick-to-thin adapter. Then you can plug any of the thin attachments into the other end of the white tubing.

It does work!


Fly From Here (Shm)
Fly From Here (Shm)
Price: £54.23

5.0 out of 5 stars Extra track, 19 Aug. 2015
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This review is from: Fly From Here (Shm) (Audio CD)
This is the Japanese version with an extra track - a full length version of "Hour of need" with intro and solo.


PRESTIGE BOUQUET & CHOCOLATES - Birthday Flowers Thank You Gifts Anniversary Bouquets by Eden4flowers
PRESTIGE BOUQUET & CHOCOLATES - Birthday Flowers Thank You Gifts Anniversary Bouquets by Eden4flowers
Offered by Eden4gifts
Price: £22.90

3.0 out of 5 stars Not as fresh as would like, 14 Aug. 2015
Nice flowers but arrived mostly already in bloom so recipient was a little disappointed that they lasted only just over a week. However the hot weather during their journey to Cornwall might be relevant.


The Starlight Raven
The Starlight Raven
Price: £3.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A new, complete Yurt novel, 13 April 2015
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This is not a novella but a full-length novel. And excellent it is too. It tells the story of Antonia, daughter of Daimbert and Theodora, and her attempts to fit together her parents' worlds.

The novel makes sense by itself and no previous knowledge of the world is required.


GOD'S UPGRADES - MY ADVENTURES
GOD'S UPGRADES - MY ADVENTURES
by JOHN LEACH
Edition: Paperback
Price: £7.99

3 of 5 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars A strange book, 17 Mar. 2015
I really didn't know what to make of this initially. I bought it in a Christian bookshop, and expected a volume of testimony. The author speaks at Spring Harvest, no less, and was head of Anglican Renewal Ministry (which closed down under his headship, curiously).

His central thesis is that God uses all the ups and downs to teach us things, and that they are intentional, not accidental. That is something I have found myself, and I strongly agree with it. Likewise his treatment of panic attacks as essentially adrenaline overdoses, and mention of "biofeedback" devices, and the rather breezy approach here will certainly help some of those subject to these. I can imagine that people who get cancer will find his account encouraging. There is much sound common sense in all of this.

The author's attitude to all his ups and downs in life is relentlessly positive, which somehow grated after a while. One felt for his poor wife, to be honest. His account of how he decided to become an Anglican vicar suggests that he decided it pretty much while drinking and fornicating at college - no indication of regret for any of that, but rather the contrary, which was rather disgusting.

Everywhere there is fulsome praise of the clergy. The flattery of the Welsh bishop in a deprived area who bought a Mercedes as his official car on "cost-saving grounds" - no doubt Creflo Dollar would say the same about his $65m private jet - was rather hard to take. But this is actually key to understanding the book, I think. For only one group of people flatter bishops as "deeply spiritual" etc, no matter how repulsive they may be - church liberals.

With that, it all becomes clear. This must be an example of what has been called "liberal evangelicalism", where Christian language and ideas are spread all over it like butter. There is much talk of God, and the unwary Christian will assume that the author means what he means. But ... he may or may not. It's not the same religion, in the end. The religion of the bible is salvation through repentance and turning to Christ, leading to the power of God transforming lives. This book is about being brought up by those terribly narrow Christians and coming to realise that we should all loosen up and be so appreciative of church officialdom and liturgy and all the other things that religious types like. We've heard that song before. It's just dressed up in fluent Christianese.

The endorsement by "Bishop Graham Cray" is a warning here. Cray started out working with David Watson at York. But he helped transform Greenbelt into a non-Christian religious event which banned Larry Norman.

I confess that I found the book rather distasteful after a while, even before I worked this out. It came across somehow as desperately smug. I haven't seen any of these books before; apparently Christian, but in reality quite otherwise. I don't mind if I don't see any again.
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Icon II - Rubicon
Icon II - Rubicon

3.0 out of 5 stars A bit average, 15 Mar. 2015
This review is from: Icon II - Rubicon (Audio CD)
It's very like the first Icon album but somewhat better, I think. The final track, Rubicon, has a great chorus although the verse less so.

But ... it's all rather sub-Asia. Professional enough but often uninvolving. I don't regret buying it but somehow I hoped for more.


Wild Card (Raine Benares)
Wild Card (Raine Benares)
Price: £1.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars, 13 Mar. 2015
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Top quality Raine Benares.


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