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Diaries Of An Internet Lover
Diaries Of An Internet Lover
by Dawn Porter
Edition: Paperback
Price: £7.99

36 of 43 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Ultimately disppointing, 4 July 2006
Having tried internet dating myself and recently read `Millions of Women Are Waiting to Meet You' by Sean Thomas, I thought it would be interesting to read about the topic from a woman's perspective. However, Ms Porter's remit (getting some no strings sex) is slightly different from that of Mr Thomas (essentially looking for love) and so direct comparisons can't really be made.

It's certainly a good premise for a book and all power to Ms Porter for coming up with the idea, going on the dates and actually writing it. Unfortunately, I don't feel that these elements are enough to lift the content above anything other than a very average read.

First of all, there are the emails which set up the dates. If they were examples of witty banter I wouldn't have minded but all too often they were perfunctory exchanges which went on for far too long and repeated almost verbatim previous emails. "Hey, you sound nice." "Thanks, so do you. Have you got a pic?" "Here's my pic. How about you?" "Wow, you're gorgeous. Fancy lunch?" Then, there are the spelling errors. How many times can you misspell `lose' as `loose'? A lot, apparently. Even if the author is trying to recreate realism this is just shoddy writing - especially when it's her own emails!

Now, this may be because I'm a man but I don't understand the fascination with listing endlessly what was eaten for dinner on the dates. I realise there are times when the food is the most interesting part of a date but unless it has some direct relevance to events, it just serves as padding. Maybe it was just a chance to show off the `fab' restaurants she'd been taken to. I also fail to understand the gusto with which she relates just how much she eats. What sort of point is she trying to make? I appreciate a girl having a healthy appetite but reading her average meal intake began to make me feel slightly unwell.

Having finished the book, I was left feeling far less satisfied (and not nearly as titillated) than I'd hoped. I tend to feel there's something wrong when the author is having way more fun than the reader. Overall, it just wasn't sufficiently amusing or well written. Perhaps Voltaire best summed it up when he said `The best way to be boring is to leave nothing out.'
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The Mind Gym: Wake Up Your Mind: Wake Your Mind Up
The Mind Gym: Wake Up Your Mind: Wake Your Mind Up
by Mind Gym
Edition: Paperback

115 of 124 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Go on, help yourself, 6 Mar. 2005
So-called self-improvement books often get a bit of hard time. After all, it's basically an admission that you're not perfect and who wants to admit that?
The Mind Gym: Wake Your Mind Up provides loads of ways to help you change your bad habits (procrastination, starting arguments) and start some new ones (giving praise, breathing better - yes, really), all of which can improve your life.
It's full of easy to use, common sense tips, be it at work or life in general. A lot of it is stuff we might already know or have seen in action but don't know how to use ourselves. Anecdotes and quotations are sprinkled liberally throughout which not only gives it an easy to read, magazine feel but more importantly, makes the key messages all the more memorable.
Best of all though, is the style in which the book is written. The authors manage to engage you by using clear, simple language. Never patronising and always accessible, the use of humour is also spot on and actually had me laughing out loud at times.
A fascinating, entertaining and genuinely helpful book, I defy anyone not to find this an enjoyable read. And if you 'don't do' self-help books, you could do worse then take heed of Thomas Dewar, as quoted in this book: 'Minds are like parachutes, they operate only when open.'

Can't Get Enough
Can't Get Enough

4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Happy, funky, soulful house, 2 Sept. 2004
This review is from: Can't Get Enough (Audio CD)
Having been introduced to Stonebridge via numerous appearances on Hed Kandi's compilation CDs, I was looking forward to a whole album from one of Sweden's finest DJ/producers. It doesn't disappoint.
With a dozen or so featured vocalists this could have ended up a right old mess. The variety does mean you sometimes think you're listening to a compilation but this is no bad thing. All the tracks have Stonebridge's ultra-slick production values and provide something for everyone.
Fellow Swede Therese features twice and both are crackers. The finally released Put 'Em High may be a bit mainstream for some but it's still uplifting after all this time, while Take Me Away is vital, in every sense. Other stand out tracks are the wickedly funky A Little Bit Crazy, co-produced by another genius Swede, Axwell; Clorophilla featuring the reliably wonderful Isabel Fructuoso, providing a summery, Latin feel to proceedings; and Gotta Give It Up with Kenny Thomas on vocals.
It's occasionally cheesy but it's always top quality and far, far better than most of the other electronic music out there. Very, very good.

Salsoul Nugget
Salsoul Nugget
Offered by EliteDigital UK
Price: £21.95

5.0 out of 5 stars A nugget indeed, 21 Feb. 2001
This review is from: Salsoul Nugget (Audio CD)
Continuing the trend for funky disco-house, M&S have produced an instantly catchy slice of dance music. Originally released as an instrumental, Salsoul Nugget (like Groovejet before it) has now had a female vocal added to appeal to the single buying public. It works an absolute treat and the "If you wanna..." chorus line is one which will stick with you for days after hearing it. The funky guitars and insistent beats complete the package and this floor-filler will doubtless be one of the tunes of the year.

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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A sublime blend of deep house beats and magical symphonies., 4 Nov. 1999
This review is from: Ima (Audio CD)
Brian Transeau (BT) is a classically trained musician so we are truly blessed that he has concentrated his composing efforts on all things house. Ima is one of those rare albums that never seems to depreciate with repeated listenings. One of the keys to the success of the album is the variety, not only from track to track but even within the songs themselves. BT puts layer upon layer of drumbeats, guitars, piano and all manner of electronic textures which linger long in the mind.
Nocturnal Transmission sets the tone for the album, beginning with an almost ethereal intro but soon bringing in more urgent beats and a tune of seemingly neverending complexity. As you would expect from any half-decent trance track, the build-ups are immaculate and the whole nine minutes flashes past. Quark and Tripping the Light Fantastic are both rampant floorfillers, soundscapes of enormous proportion but only really serve as an appetizer for Sasha's Voyage of Ima, a 42-minute epic which mixes the singles Embracing the Future, Deeper Sunshine and Loving You More with consummate ease. It's almost as if the songs were written to be blended together so seamlessly. Again, the mixture of the hardest beats, the swaying melodies and the precision pacing makes listening an unforgettable experience.
The album finishes with Divinity, a piano-led anthem which hits all the right buttons both with its beauty and its explosiveness.
His albums since, ESCM and Movement in Still Life, are far better than most "intelligent house" available, but nothing matches the sheer brilliance of Ima. Buy it or miss out.

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