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The Waters under the Earth
The Waters under the Earth
by John Moore
Edition: Hardcover

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautifully written and surprisingly relevant., 15 Oct. 2016
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Beautifully written and surprisingly relevant. The 1950's were a time of massive social change, and this novel captures that change-the old order passing and a new one coming, often painfully, into being. It may seem strange to say this of such an 'English' novel, but reading it I couldn't help thinking of the upheaval caused over the last few years by immigration and the struggles some Brits have in adapting to the changes that it's brought.
John Moore often displayed a profound insight into the English psyche, and it's a tragedy that he's is all but forgotten. This would make a wonderful TV series (and his novel of a mixed race child growing up in the 50's, and encountering the subtle - and not so subtle - racism of the time, 'White Sparrow', would make a great film.
A truly great, tragically forgotten, English novelist.


The Lord Of The Grins
The Lord Of The Grins
by Mark Egginton
Edition: Paperback
Price: £11.99

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Funny, knowing, clever, (and a little bit 'silly' :-) ), 8 Oct. 2016
This review is from: The Lord Of The Grins (Paperback)
There are two kinds of parody. The first is basically mockery, often done by people who hate the work they're parodying, or simply as an attempt to cash in on whatever is currently popular. Ultimately, such works are boring and an effort to read because the author is writing in 'sneer' mode.
The second kind of 'parody', which we have here, is more of a tribute: the author actually loves and respects the original work and wants to share his joy in it.
Also, and again unlike the mocking kind of parody, this author knows Tolkien's creation backwards, and I'm sure there are jokes and references in here which only other Tolkien obsessives will get!
Basically, fun, knowing, clever, and a little bit silly - reminded me of a kind of Goons/Python/Carry On mash up.


Star Wars The Force Awakens Micro Machines First Order Star Destroyer Set
Star Wars The Force Awakens Micro Machines First Order Star Destroyer Set
Offered by K Direct
Price: £14.24

17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Avoid., 11 Oct. 2015
I'm assuming you'll buy this as a result of pester power. Try to be strong. Avoid. Pieces come apart virtually every time you open it, and be prepared for an hour's messing about adding stickers-some of which area a few millimetres across. Get the tweezers ready! Lazy production.


Hard to Be a God [DVD]
Hard to Be a God [DVD]
Dvd ~ Gali Abaydulov
Price: £9.00

35 of 40 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing., 15 Aug. 2015
This review is from: Hard to Be a God [DVD] (DVD)
One of the most absorbing films I've ever seen. Read a synopsis before watching - it won't spoil the experience, merely help you to orient yourself in the world of Arkanar. This is a film that's less about plot than it is about the effect of the events on the central character, and if you're struggling too hard to work out what's happening you'll distance yourself from the impact. I became utterly lost in the world and despite the three hours run time in a way I didn't want it to end. Don't let the length, the fact it's in black and white, or the sub titles, or you off-all those things intensify the experience, requiring as they do total concentration. The very fact it's in Russian (for a non Russian speaker, of course) just adds to the sense of it being in an alien world. I realise this film will have a miniscule audience compared to something like The Avengers, but this is such a unique film that you should really try and experience it. Don't approach it with any expectations, it's not like anything you've ever experienced.
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Minecraft: Pocket Edition
Minecraft: Pocket Edition
Price: £4.99

17 of 39 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Can't use unless Amazon.co.uk app is active.., 11 July 2015
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This review is from: Minecraft: Pocket Edition (App)
Will only work if you have the Amazon app installed and logged in, and you can't permanently disable 1-click purchasing, only switch it off-and it can be switched on again without requiring the password. This means I can't let my son use the tablet to play this game without watching over his shoulder to ensure he doesn't just go on Amazon and empty my bank account.
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Timex Men's T2N677 Quartz Watch with Black Dial Analogue Display and Brown Leather Strap
Timex Men's T2N677 Quartz Watch with Black Dial Analogue Display and Brown Leather Strap
Price: £37.52

2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars DO NOT BUY, 5 May 2015
Yes-it does run slow. Not a day it hasn't lost at least ten minutes. I'm in my fifties and remember Timex from my childhood so when I wanted a new watch I decided to give in to nostalgia. Big mistake. Nice looking-if you don't look at the hands to closely, as the look like they're made from paper! But it *does nor* keep time.


In Search Of The Dark Ages [DVD]
In Search Of The Dark Ages [DVD]
Dvd ~ Michael Wood
Price: £16.99

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars, 28 Mar. 2015
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Wonderful nostalgia.


The Penguin Book of Witches (Penguin Classics)
The Penguin Book of Witches (Penguin Classics)
by Katherine Howe
Edition: Paperback
Price: £9.98

20 of 26 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Really had it with Penguin Classics now., 28 Mar. 2015
I don't know when Penguin Classics became Penguin American Classics but it's just boring now. Virtually every single new edition I pick up is translated/introduced by am American academic and many use American spelling, but this one takes not just the biscuit but the whole packet. "The Penguin Book of Witches" is basically "The Penguin Book of AMERICAN Witches" Why? Like most of us "Old Worlders" I've gotten used to things like "The Civil War" being used to refer almost exclusively to the American one (as if no other country ever had one!) but to come across a volume like this one where "Witchcraft" is treated as an American phenomenon with barely a nod to the European tradition is actually insulting. My bookshelves are full of Penguin Classics, but I think it's going to be Oxford for me from now on.
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Tiger, Tiger
Tiger, Tiger
by John MOORE
Edition: Hardcover

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars, 15 Feb. 2015
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This review is from: Tiger, Tiger (Hardcover)
Very good service. Very happy with the book. Couldn't ask for more.


Moto G Premium Quality Screen Protector : Anti Glare Matte edition (2 in Pack - Front) by TUFFskinz
Moto G Premium Quality Screen Protector : Anti Glare Matte edition (2 in Pack - Front) by TUFFskinz

3 of 5 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Thank goodness for gorilla glass., 11 Feb. 2014
Wasted both of these things. Could not get either on without large bubbles down one side or the other. Of they ever come in 10 packs for the same price I might give them another go, but they're way to difficult to fit. I could see me managing to get one right out of ten - with a bit of luck....

I'll make do with a case with cover and hope for the best for now.
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