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Bose ® QuietComfort ® 20i Acoustic Noise Cancelling Headphones (Discontinued by manufacturer)
Bose ® QuietComfort ® 20i Acoustic Noise Cancelling Headphones (Discontinued by manufacturer)

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Turns Economy into First Class, 21 Jan. 2015
I bought these bad boys on a whim at Denver airport. The prospect of 8 hours back to Heathrow surrounded by a bunch of screaming babies was unbearable, so I shelled out what seemed like an awful lot of cash for a pair of headphones. What can I say? They have changed my life. You know how you wish certain people had mute buttons on them? Well pop these in your ears, press the little button so the green light turns on and the outside world just seems to fade away into a tranquil silence. You’ll hear parts of songs you had long since forgotten or never realised were there in the first place. I guess the best way of describing it is that they make music seem 3D rather than 2D. People have seemed to accept mediocrity in sound quality these days. Tinny little laptop speakers, iPhone headphones, mp3s…If you truly love music, do yourself a favour and buy these. Also, totally recommended for drowning out screaming babies and nagging wives (sorry babes)…

Night Shift
Night Shift
Price: £5.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Vintage King, 21 Jan. 2015
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This review is from: Night Shift (Kindle Edition)
I enjoy novels. Short stories are fine, but more often than not I want something with a lot of layers, something I can be immersed in. I guess that’s why it took me a while to get around to reading Night Shift.

Alongside Pet Sematary this has to be one of the best Stephen King publications I’ve read, and I’ve read a lot of them! The Boogeyman is, quite simply, one of the scariest pieces of literature ever. Like the best of King, it’s terrifying but also filled with heart and the ending is truly devastating. Similarly, Sometimes They Come Back is absolutely brilliant for the same reasons.

And you would think a story about a box of toy soldiers coming to life and attacking a man would be stupid. It’s not, it’s entirely gripping.

Even the lesser stories here (Trucks, Night Surf, etc.) are fun, entertaining reads.

This really is vintage King. It’s scary, bloody, funny and there is a warmth to his writing that makes you really care what happens to his characters.

Don’t let the fact that this is a collection of short stories put you off – this is right up there with the best King has written.

Darkly Dreaming Dexter
Darkly Dreaming Dexter
Price: £5.99

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars D-D-D, 21 Jan. 2015
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I, like many others, started reading this book because of the excellent Showtime TV series. The first season is a perfect piece of television, but the book on which it is based is a thing of two halves.

In one half you have all the fantastic ideas – the plot is gripping, the character of Dexter is a brilliant creation, the setting of Miami manages to be both exotic and seedy at the same time. However, the other half, the half I didn’t get on with was Lindsay’s style. The D-alliteration became tiresome very quickly, and by the end of the novel it just plain grated on me. Some of the Dexter’s internal monologue lacked the humour it thought it had. A better writer would have made Dexter’s insights and quips sharp and funny, but often in Darkly Dreaming Dexter, it comes across as immature and rather obvious.

I hope Lindsay has grown as a writer, because his mind is clearly the source of some great ideas and if he could execute them better he would really be in the top league. All-in-all, I enjoyed the novel, but just hoped it had been a little classier. It’s a good read if you just want to switch your brain of for a while.

The Average American Male
The Average American Male
by Chad Kultgen
Edition: Paperback
Price: £8.99

2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Probably not going to get on Oprah's Book Club, 2 Sept. 2011
At 230 pages and with each chapter lasting no longer than 4 or 5 pages, this book is an easy read. It's a lazy criticism to say that Chad Kultgen's anonymous narrator merely a Neanderthal misogynist. Sure, he thinks about sex all the time and sure, his morals are pretty dubious, but if you scratch a little beneath the surface you'll find (hopefully) that The Average American Male is a swipe at modern-day representations of men and the male psyche the likes of Oprah tend to patron.

Sexual-political point out of the way, this is actually a rather well-written novel. It's snappy and it's spikey and it's unapologetically rude, which is a breath of fresh air when you look up from your work commute and realise that everyone around you is either reading One Day or Dan Brown's latest atrocity. It's not as concise or as heartfelt as Bukowski, but if you enjoyed Post Office or Women, The Average American Male will probably raise a few wry smiles from you.

My one criticism is that the end seems slightly rushed and contrived. I won't spoil it for you, but you'll know what I mean when you get there.

On a personal level - the part where the mother of his ex sends him a letter telling him what a dreadful person is actually happened to me too. I couldn't help but laugh as I read it on the tube, which caused no end of disproving scowls from my fellow commuters, because they hate to see another person having a good time.
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Kinsman Ultima ABS-Case for Effect Pedal
Kinsman Ultima ABS-Case for Effect Pedal
Price: £36.00

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Does what it says on the,, 1 Aug. 2011
If you're buying an FX pedal board for under thirty quid, it's going to be a state-of-the-art unbreakable behemoth of a box. However, this onw works perfectly fine for storing pedals and keeping them in the order you like if you're going to play a gig. It makes those tedious sound checks we all loathe so much a far quicker experience. Also, it looks quite snazzy (the chicks will, like, totally dig it). So, if you want to pay over a hundred quid and pretend you're Slash or something, by all means, go ahead, but if you're looking for an economical, practical and relatively sturdy pedal board, buy this.
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