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Harry Potter and the Cursed Child - Parts One and Two (Special Rehearsal Edition)
Harry Potter and the Cursed Child - Parts One and Two (Special Rehearsal Edition)

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Scorpius Rules, 16 Aug. 2016
Trying to write without giving the plot away here so I shall be a bit vague. Scorpius is glorious and easily the highlight of the whole book. The Golden Trio come across as arrogant and irritating in ways which could be understandable given their past, but it makes you care less about them in all their scenes. A lot of the scenes read as though they were written for a pre-teen cartoon series so the depth and style of the original books and films is sadly missing. The character of Delphi, well, let's just say I struggle to understand why she exists and maybe I would let that go if she were written with more depth. A little more of her story and less of Harry's boring struggles at fatherhood might have worked. I'd give the whole thing another chance if it gets re-written as a novel along those lines. ...now I just have to work through my anger at her managing to have killed a certain wizard three times over. *sigh* All I wish to remember about this journey into the wizarding world is meeting Scorpius, it going into canon that Dumbledore isn't a saint and a really fascinating glimpse into another darker past which would have made a far more gripping tale.

A guide from Basic to Complex Embroidery Stitches
A guide from Basic to Complex Embroidery Stitches
Price: £1.99

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars small but useful, 20 Jan. 2016
A lovely small collection of stitches with clear diagrams and inspiring examples of embroidery using each stitch.

Unfortunately some of the book doesn't display correctly on my kindle paperwhite so none of the stitches have titles explaining what they are called and large sections of the pages are obscured by unsightly black boxes which i assume covers the name of each stitch plus additional information. You can however still follow how to do each mystery stitch.

A smaller stutch collection than i expected from the name but still well worth the price if only the whole book displayed correctly.

review dated jan 2016, hopeful of future updates to correct the above display issue.

Price: £5.83

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars hopeful for a more usable update, 10 Jan. 2016
This seemed to be just what I had been looking for in a historical blackwork sampler for beginners book. The design is gorgeous and there is even a short write up on the history of blackwork included.

Unfortunately the "chart" was impossible to view large enough to see the stitches on my kindle paperwhite. I did sort of expect the chart to be broken down into sections so that it could be worked upon directly from my kindle. It looks as though I will have to download onto kindle for PC, print, enlarge and hope for the best.

The lovely historical intro is in severe need of a proof read so I can only assume this version is a rushed realease and that a better update will appear at a later date.

Could be fabulous but needs working on. Please let me know when it is updated dear author so that I can swap this for an excited rave review having completed my dream blackwork sampler.

Vintage Flowers Rag Quilt & Pillow (Coloring Book Crafts 1)
Vintage Flowers Rag Quilt & Pillow (Coloring Book Crafts 1)
Price: £4.03

4.0 out of 5 stars gorgeous art to work with, 10 Jan. 2016
Firstly the designs supplied in the book are gorgeous and would enhance so many projects. They are also really easy to make your own.

The instructions are really easy to follow and the projects are made from items that any sewist or crafter will already own in abundance.

A crafting book that lets you jump right in and get crafting after a quick read and will let your own creativity shine through.

Sewing Handbook: A Guide to Sewing Patters and Embroidery Stitches
Sewing Handbook: A Guide to Sewing Patters and Embroidery Stitches
Price: £1.99

3.0 out of 5 stars great tips but no projects, 10 Jan. 2016
I'm realy glad that I borrowed this book on kindle unlimited as it had many invaluable tips and things to consider when exploring any aspect of sewing. Exmples include avoiding RSI during embroidery, making sure you have the right items before starting a project, how to buy your supplies wisely and how to sew for charity or to make a living.

The only downfall of this book is that the kindle shop page currently gives the vague impression that you will learn embroidery stitches via this book. There are no projects and no stitching instructions within. However, you will get the sort of advice a friend who is an expert in the field would give you if you were thinking of taking up sewing as a new skill or hobby.

The Greedy Bastard Diary: A Comic Tour of America
The Greedy Bastard Diary: A Comic Tour of America
by Eric Idle
Edition: Hardcover

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An Idle Classic, 24 Mar. 2005
"Boston, home of the worst tea party ever. Yanks have been making bad tea ever since. They seem to think it has something to do with chucking tea bags into cold water."
The classic Idle humour shines through in this book which is more of a stream of consciousness collection of wit, observations and tales about his life than a diary as such. As Eric makes his way around Canada and the USA, events and places inspire thoughts and memories about his life. We are treated to precious thoughts about the success of his marriage, the treasured times spent with his good friend George Harrison, the life that his inspired his wit and humour, and of course the inevitable mention of his fellow Pythons.
An easily digestable collection of touching experiances and pure wit that I would recommend to anyone with a sense of humour.

Italian Love Songs
Italian Love Songs
Offered by FastMedia "Ships From USA"
Price: £34.02

10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfection, 18 Jan. 2005
This review is from: Italian Love Songs (Audio CD)
What a divine album, not a single track I could possibly skip, and no-one but Deano could have made these songs sound so enchanting. Highly recommended for any fan of Dean Martin, and especially for those who would want to hear the very essence of Italy in music.

Cigarettes And Housework [Us Import]
Cigarettes And Housework [Us Import]
Offered by Japan-Select
Price: £25.73

5.0 out of 5 stars Hauntingly beautiful, 5 Sept. 2004
Beautiful and soft melodies of piano and vocals filled with dark intense imagery and backed with rock guitar and drums, and the unthinkable idea of decent synthesizers!
"Into My Heart" begins with a very delicate and classically beautiful piano and drifts rock style into an intense obsessive lyric sung delicately and innocently. "Ghost In The Room" is a nice twist on the familar style of the soft catchy pop rock song with lyrics of regret.
The whole album is just filled to the brim with decadently dark and hauntingly beautiful music that perfectly combines rock and classical to produce something that sears right through to the soul. It's the best album I've bought this year.

Marilyn Monroe: the Biography
Marilyn Monroe: the Biography
by Donald Spoto
Edition: Hardcover

34 of 34 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The book for the true Marilyn fan, 15 Sept. 2003
Out of the many Monroe books I own, this one is my all time favourite. A very good book to devote time to if you don't know much about Marilyn's life but really want to learn everything about her and what made her who she was. It deals with difficult events in a very sensitive yet frank manner, is thoughtful of Marilyn while not hiding her faults, and is cram packed full of all the information you need to know about her. Her last days are explained in detail but the entire book does not feel as though it is working up to her death as many Marilyn books do. This is about a life, not a death. It does take some reading as there is a lot of information to digest, but it is well written and well worth the time. If you really want to know about the person behind the legend of Marilyn Monroe then this is the book to do it with. It is best read in small sections so that the vast amounts of information can be considered and digested before moving onto the next part of her life as the amount of detailed information found in this book is really quite astounding at times. I have also found this to be the only regular Marilyn biography I have *enjoyed* reading as most books on her are very heavy, traumatic reading, whereas this one is something I can pick up repeatedly and enjoy reading over and over.
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