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Weird Things Customers Say in Bookshops
Weird Things Customers Say in Bookshops
by Jen Campbell
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £7.99

5.0 out of 5 stars This book is amazing, 1 July 2012
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I really enjoy reading Jen Campbell's blog, Not The Six Word Novel, which is where I initially found 'Weird Things Customers Say in Bookshops'. This book is a beautiful, strange and slightly surreal collection of quotations from Jen's customers at the bookshop she works at in London. I quite happily sat and read this in one sitting. It would work well as a present for almost anyone, or as a book to keep on the coffee table, or in the loo, just for the odd moment when you want a bit of a laugh. Those customers really do say some weird things...


Union Jack Tardis Cameo Locket Necklace
Union Jack Tardis Cameo Locket Necklace

5.0 out of 5 stars A really lovely piece, 14 April 2012
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I am a dedicated Whovian, and so I got really excited when I found this - but even if you've never heard of Doctor Who, this is still a lovely piece of jewellery. It comes nicely presented in a 'Fallen Saint' gift box, the chain is nice and long, and the locket is a good size - it opens easily, and you can fit two reasonably sized pictures inside. It was delivered on time, and was in perfect condition, and they even sent me a free key ring with my order, which I thought was really sweet!


Children Of The Night
Children Of The Night
Price: £0.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Great band, great song, 14 April 2012
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This is a really good song - not quite as heavy as the rest of the album, and so it has a wider appeal. They're a fantastic live band, and that's really reflected in the quality of their songs.


The Kill (Bury Me)
The Kill (Bury Me)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great song!, 14 April 2012
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This review is from: The Kill (Bury Me) (MP3 Download)
This is a really good song! If you haven't seen the video, I'd recommend checking it out, as it's a cracker.
For fans of Thirty Seconds to Mars, this is, of course, a must have, but if you don't know the band well, I'd suggest this as a starting point - it's typical of their genre, and very dramatic, with great vocals as well.


Howl's Moving Castle [DVD] [2005]
Howl's Moving Castle [DVD] [2005]
Dvd ~ Chieko Baishô
Price: £10.00

5.0 out of 5 stars A really lovely film, 14 April 2012
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This is a wonderful film - it's engaging, and dramatic, and thoroughly entertaining. You don't have to be a fan of anime to enjoy it either; the English dubbing is done well, and does nothing to detract from the original feel of the film (The Japanese version is also on the disk, with English subtitles - the way I prefer to watch the film).
It's full of the weirdness of most Japanese anime films, but this film has a fantastic plot, which is really gripping, right to the end.


Being Human - Complete Series 1-3 Box Set [DVD]
Being Human - Complete Series 1-3 Box Set [DVD]
Dvd ~ Aidan Turner
Price: £15.64

3 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A fantastic programme, 14 April 2012
Being Human is a cult Sci-Fi/Fantasy drama on BBC 3, where a Ghost, a Vampire and a Werewolf share a flat in Bristol (and later on a B&B in Barry). During the most recent series, there was a joke involving 'Ceefax', and the word Ceefax subsequently trended on twitter. Yes, it's that popular.
The cast are fantastic, as is the writing (from the wonderful Toby Whithouse). It's full of witty jokes, tender emotional scenes, and high drama as well. Being Human really does have something for everyone. As long as you don't mind geeky werewolves, slightly melodramatic vampires, and ghosts with existence issues, then you're fine.
Being Human is a really touching drama, and it skillfully switches between comedy and seriousness. There are definitely some scenes not appropriate for younger viewers, throughout all three series, but don't let that put you off. If you're over fifteen, and you enjoy good quality, entertaining television, then you will most certainly enjoy Being Human. I cannot reccomend it enough.


Monsters of Men (Chaos Walking)
Monsters of Men (Chaos Walking)
by Patrick Ness
Edition: Paperback

4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Monsters of Men - A book to remember, 31 May 2011
A warning to all who wish to read this book: It will consume you. This book will give you hope and then snatch it away, it will fill you with joy and pain and grief and love, and it will rip your heart apart a million times over. In other words, it is a masterpiece.

Todd and Viola have survived so much. But the Spackle are coming, a war is approaching, and "War makes monsters of men." Through this final part of the Chaos Walking trilogy, we see the young Todd and Viola adapt to impossible circumstances, and risk everything for each other, over and over again. Like always. But war is a terrible thing, and there is a price to be paid for it. The question is, how high?

Patrick Ness has crafted this novel magnificently. The beauty of the characters, full of the flaws which make us all so human, allows you to grasp them and never let go. When the characters speak to you, you are not reading an account of fictional events - you are living a very real life right alongside them. There is much in Todd and Viola which we as readers can relate to, but also there is so much that we can aspire to be. There is an amazingly realistic ideology to this novel which is admirable.

The structure of Monsters of Men, with its multiple narrators, should be confusing. There are many pages where there are two or three changes of perspective after less than a paragraph. By rights, it should be an impossible literary feat, and there should be no reader left without confusion. This is not the case; Ness has manipulated the voices of Todd, Viola, and another, and has used them to create the novel's biggest strength; there is not a moment of action missed, not a thought unheard, even when the plot calls for the main protagonists to be many painful miles apart. There are no awkward discussions between characters to serve the sole purpose of informing the reader. Everything that happens in the novel, everything that is said and done and thought, happens because it must, for the sake of Todd and Viola and the whole, stupid world.

Monsters of Men is a novel that will never leave you. It will burrow down into you and hide away, but it will always be there, a book to remember for all time.


Sherlock: Series 1 [DVD]
Sherlock: Series 1 [DVD]
Dvd ~ Benedict Cumberbatch
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Price: £3.38

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An absolutely fantastic series..., 9 Sept. 2010
This review is from: Sherlock: Series 1 [DVD] (DVD)
I loved this program before it even aired.
Steven Moffat and Mark Gatiss, two of the many brilliant writers from Doctor Who, could only produce a masterpiece. It is a fantastic modernisation of a classic character, and it does not lose any of the original charm, if anything, adding to it.
Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman are masterful in their performances, and as a pair they work fantastically.
This show will appeal to those who are familiar with the Sherlock Holmes books, and those who aren't. It will appeal to adults and children, and anyone else who loves a decent drama. Except this one is a drama with a wonderful twist.
I cannot reccommend it enough.


The Kane Chronicles: The Red Pyramid
The Kane Chronicles: The Red Pyramid
by Rick Riordan
Edition: Hardcover

5.0 out of 5 stars A brilliant book, 23 July 2010
I was a huge fan of Rick Riordan's first series, the Percy Jackson novels. I was gutted when i finished the 5th book, because i knew there wouldn't be any more. But as soon as this book came out, i bought it, and I thoroughly enjoyed it. The book is told by the two main characters, Carter and Sadie Kane, who tell it brilliantly.
I have a cousin who is a 12 year old boy who loved this book, but i myself am a 16 year old girl, and i loved it even more than him!
This book may be aimed at kids, but it's funny and exciting and completely unputdownable (and yes, that is a real word...) I would reccommend it to anyone who loves fantasy books, and as a bonus, it subconsciously teaches you about egyptian myths and ledgends, the same way the Percy Jackson series taught me everything i know about the ancient greeks.
Such a good book, and well worth reading!


The Titan's Curse (Percy Jackson & the Olympians)
The Titan's Curse (Percy Jackson & the Olympians)
by Rick Riordan
Edition: Paperback
Price: £6.16

5.0 out of 5 stars An absolutely AWESOME series!, 22 Feb. 2010
These books are honestly the best i've ever read, and the third is my favourite out of the series of five. This one sees our lead character, percy, along with two friends and two unhappy helpers, go off on a quest to save his dearest friend. The old enemy, luke, features less in this book, but we learn more of the titans, and of the gods themselves.
Full of brilliant humour, tantalizing plotlines and a lot of unexpected twists and turns, this is a book i would reccomend to anyone. Although they are aimed at children under the age of 12, i myself am fifteen, and love them, and both my parents have also read and enjoyed them. in fact, we've all read them so many times it's impossible to count. they are just SO good!!!


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