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Maglite Xl50 LED Torch - Black
Maglite Xl50 LED Torch - Black
Price: £39.98

8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding Torch, 3 Jan. 2013
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I bought this torch because I walk everywhere and am out and about quite a lot during the dark winter mornings and evenings; I wanted something compact but far more powerful than the standard smaller maglites which, while cheap, and very well made for the price offer a somewhat limited amount of light.

It is worth every penny.

I stayed away from the older XL100 model because I'd heard it was overcomplicated and offered too many modes; the XL50 has no such issues. There are three modes, activated by clicking the button once, twice or three times. Full power, which is astoundingly bright and clearly illuminates objects up to 200 metres away while also offering a good spread of light while pointed at the ground.

Half power, which is still good for walking and gets around the problem of blinding people walking towards you and strobe, which is excellent if you need to be seen, perhaps if you were walking along a road without a pavement.

I've found the battery life to be more than sufficient and have noticed no reduction in brightness even after several hours of continuous use.

In short, if you want something powerful but don't want to lug some 2 or 3 D battery monster around with you then this is the torch for you.

Daughter of Smoke and Bone: Daughter of Smoke and Bone Trilogy Book 1
Daughter of Smoke and Bone: Daughter of Smoke and Bone Trilogy Book 1
by Laini Taylor
Edition: Hardcover

24 of 29 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars A Missed Opportunity, 27 Jan. 2012
There was so much promise and potential here, old stories and new concepts blend together effortlessly. Teeth, the magic shop, the Chimera, the hierarchy of wishes, the girl who doesn't know who she is.

The first 160 pages are great, even excellent in places.

Characterization is good, the plot moves along at a nice pace and the writing is of a high quality; then the whole thing quite suddenly devolves into every bad romance novel ever written. From that point it is simply an exercise in dullness.

Every third sentence becomes a description of the main character's love interest or his description of her, the plot is completely abandoned. Almost nothing happens for the rest of the book, at all. Chapter after chapter is surrendered to another seemingly unending flashback to characters I don't care about and the author never tries to make me care about.

The quality of the writing drops too, a paragraph is even closed with "all hell broke loose" a cliché I thought had been consigned to the realms of poorly written fan fiction years ago.

I don't understand why the romance is even included let alone why it needs to consume half of the book. When used correctly it should enhance the story and deepen the characters but here it beheads the story, leaves it bleeding to death in some back alley in Prague and proceeds to reduce the characters to shallow, dull facsimiles of their former selves.

A disappointment, there was the potential for so much more.

Mockingjay (Hunger Games Trilogy)
Mockingjay (Hunger Games Trilogy)
by Suzanne Collins
Edition: Paperback
Price: £3.85

18 of 25 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Reads like Mediocre Fan-Fiction., 19 Jan. 2012
Firstly i think this is the only book that's made a revolution dull, something i couldn't imagine before reading it. The plot during the first two thirds was boring, self indulgent and overcomplicated.

The main character is unrecognisable from the first book, the strong, independent and fairly likeable girl becomes whiny, selfish and faintly pathetic (think Bella from twilight). The "love triangle" something I've disliked from it's first appearance in the original book goes from the background to firmly in the foreground of everything.

The poor quality of the writing isn't confined to just this book but the dull plot and bad pacing make it glaringly obvious to the reader where before it was concealed.

There's the very occasional example of what it could have been but that doesn't come close to making up for this hatchet job of a dystopia.
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The Fault in Our Stars (Indies Choice Book Awards. Young Adult Fiction)
The Fault in Our Stars (Indies Choice Book Awards. Young Adult Fiction)
by John Green
Edition: Hardcover

202 of 234 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars As Emotionally Devastating As It Is Exquisitely Written, 12 Jan. 2012
This is John Green at his best and oh is that good. The characters are beautifully drawn and heartbreakingly realistic, Hazel Lancaster doesn't represent anything and her suffering and that of her peers isn't meant to make any kind of point. It's just what it is, suffering. Equally so Hazel is simply Hazel, a girl who watches really trashy TV and loves long novels and poetry.

In being just an ordinary teenage girl she really fancies a boy and here is where we come across Augustus Waters, the boy who clenches death itself between his teeth just to prove it doesn't own him.

Through these two characters we are shown every agonizing moment of living with cancer and the fight not only to carry on living but to stop it from consuming your mind and your personality. The book seems to pose the question, if your entire personality has become nothing but the need to fight and survive cancer and there is no longer room for joy or even love, then in what way is that living?.

A large part of this struggle takes place within family circles, the parallel desperation and monotony of having a child with cancer is skilfully and subtly made evident by Green.

Ultimately Green strives to portray his characters not as those fighting cancer are often shown, forced into playing the role of brave and wise soldiers stoically enduring untold suffering. He shows them as they truly are, just people, beautiful wonderful people but people none the less. They have no choice but to keep fighting because they are given no other option and because to admit defeat means death.

It is not their struggle that defines them but who they are in spite of it, managing to live and to love and even have fun and laugh. They use every moment given to them in the most beautiful way possible and that is what makes them exceptional.

P.S. I didn't get a signed copy and I couldn't care less.
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1,000 Seeds, Sunflower "Velvet Queen" (Helianthus annuus) Seeds Packaged by Seed Needs
1,000 Seeds, Sunflower "Velvet Queen" (Helianthus annuus) Seeds Packaged by Seed Needs

2.0 out of 5 stars Not Actually Red, 17 Oct. 2011
The plants germinated and grew well, however the sunflowers themselves were at best a light orange or occasionally a light yellow with dark red bands near the centre. They looked nothing like the photo on the packet nor did they really match up in size.


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