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You Won't Remember This
You Won't Remember This
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Twelve Satisfying Tales, 1 July 2015
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First published in 2007 this was Kate Blackwell’s debut, and what we are presented here with are twelve short stories. Although it doesn’t show in the menu there is an active table of contents here, just click back a page from the beginning to find it. Thus this is a book that is easy to navigate and means you can read these tales in any order you desire.

Apart from the very last story here, which is set on the island of Crete, all the other tales take place in the US. With all these stories you will find that there is a certain delicate touch, and you will also find quite a few subtleties as you read them. Whether it is an affair, a woman who spends most of the time alone as her husband works long hours, or indeed the question of a husband’s sexuality, as well as reminiscing on the past what sticks out here isn’t so much the setting, but the characters themselves.

Even with troubles in relationships that are quite major the stories here delve into the psychology of the different main characters. We can see what is going on in their lives, but we also see their aspirations, the things that they want to happen – or not. This really draws you in to all these tales. You can imagine the settings and the people, and even if we haven’t gone through the same problems we can sympathise and also empathise with characters. Where so many short story books that authors put out today are more concerned with a tale and perhaps a twist, this goes back to the past in some ways, where the characters were important and felt real and believable.

In all I found this a very satisfying read.


Jane Eyre (Penguin Classics)
Jane Eyre (Penguin Classics)
by Charlotte Brontė
Edition: Paperback
Price: £4.79

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Always Engaging, 1 July 2015
The last of the Bronte sisters to have a novel published, although they did all appear in the same year, Charlotte originally put forward 'The Professor' to be her first novel, which was turned down (quite rightly), thus only being published after her death. As with her two other major novels, 'Villette' and 'Shirley' you can quite clearly see how Charlotte played with her readers and their expectations.

We read about Jane Eyre growing up and how she falls in love with Mr Rochester, only to find out a secret after he has proposed to her. With gothic settings and an end that would have been a surprise for most readers of the time this was first published, this novel was ultimately said by Margaret Oliphant to be the beginning of the 'Sensation Novel', and it is quite clear why. Readers since its first publication have fallen in love with this story and it was well received by most critics at the time, with the exception of those of a more strictly religious persuasion - after all it is a romance, but of an illicit type.

Nowadays apart from still being a very engrossing read this also gives some idea of how people were treated and what normal expectations their lives had. Of course Charlotte, by creating what was an illicit romance between two people would have still been a bit of a shocker at the time, as such things were greatly frowned upon publicly, and this shows Charlotte's sophistication and willingness to appeal to her readers. She followed up such things with 'Villette' where she goes out of her way to play with her readers, and with 'Shirley', because at the time the name was only just becoming to be associated as a female name instead of a male. If you think about it you would have picked the book up seeing the title and expecting the character to be a male.

Told in the first person Jane Eyre talks to us and brings her story to life with a certain amount of pathos, thus making us as readers really feel for her and ache to help her. Although nowadays perhaps seen more as a teen girl's book this is for all of us, of whatever sex, or even sexual orientation. How many of us have fallen in love with someone who is unavailable? I would think most of us at one time or another. Having a strong narrative that really draws you in and captivates this is truly a timeless classic.


Circus Head
Circus Head
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars An Okay EP, 30 Jun. 2015
This review is from: Circus Head (MP3 Download)
Of course Charlotte Sometimes is really Jessica Charlotte Poland, who last year ‘retired’ this name and is now recording under her real name as far as I am aware. Charlotte Sometimes gave us something like one full length album and a handful of EPs, this being one of the latter.

Although the tracks here are perfectly alright to listen to, there is it must be admitted quite a bit of Electro-Synth here, that does in some ways detract from the vocals at times. Jessica has a very good and powerful voice that can really show emotions, such as on ‘Paint the Sky’ and really the tracks where the overtly Pop sound is kept to a minimum or not there at all are the best. The others tracks are okay but don’t carry the power and rawness of the lyrics at times.


Venus
Venus
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Thoughtful Album, 29 Jun. 2015
This review is from: Venus (Audio CD)
Joy Williams former half of ‘The Civil Wars’ is back with her new solo album. With what became irreconcilable differences with her partner it was inevitable that there would be a band split, but thankfully Joy has kept on with her solo career. After talking to a certain Justin Timberlake he put her in touch with producer Matt Morris, who has helped Joy a lot with moving forward, and giving her some direction in writing what she needs to get out, rather than writing something that would be fluffy and not really have much power and meaning.

On hearing the lyrics to the tracks here you will instantly realise that they are at times quite deep and meaningful, in a way chronicling her life, with the death of her father, the breakup of the band, and the pressures all this put on her marriage, as well as having a baby.

Although Joy Williams has been thought of more as a Folk singer in the last few years this album as such cannot be pigeon holed. There is that element here, but also Pop comes in here along with other styles. This is quite a refreshing album to listen to and also thoughtful as Joy gives us insight into certain issues.


Six-shooter Tales
Six-shooter Tales
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Six Good Tales, 29 Jun. 2015
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This review is from: Six-shooter Tales (Kindle Edition)
I J Parnham gives us here six fun short stories, Once Upon a Time in Mirage, Last Throw of the Bones, Return to Purgatory, Five Hundred Dollars for a Dead Man, The Finest Deputy in the West, and The Man Who Shot Garfield Delany. There is an active table of contents here so that you can easily navigate to any tale that you like.

All these tales are set in the Wild West, but they don’t necessarily pan out as you would expect which means that this is fun to read, also the author has injected some humour in some of these, from light to darker black comedy. With action and adventure here we do have a variety, whether it is a Wild West show, fortune telling, or more standard Western type fare.

These tales are good to read for anyone looking for some entertainment whilst having a tea break or what have you, and are well written, and should provide some escapism.


The Queen of Spades (Xist Classics)
The Queen of Spades (Xist Classics)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Herman The German, 28 Jun. 2015
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I will admit that I have always loved this short story by Pushkin. Containing a supernatural element this is a story that we should all heed as it contains a very true moral.

When Herman the German hears of a certain lady who can predict three winning cards, and thus secure a person’s fortune he is overcome with greed. Managing to visit her though his actions give her a fright, this causes the old woman’s heart to stop. For Herman this would have been the end of the matter, until the lady appears to him after her death.

Will Herman get his wish and make a fortune, or will he lose? This is darkly comic and is something that all gamblers should ponder upon, or anyone else thinking of making a quick buck.


The Jungle Books (Clothbound Classics)
The Jungle Books (Clothbound Classics)
by Rudyard Kipling
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £11.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Always Entertaining, 28 Jun. 2015
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The Jungle Book was first published in 1894, and The Second Jungle Book in 1895, and amongst the pages we read of Mowgli, Baloo, Bagheera, Shere Khan and all the other characters that have become so well known. Not all the tales take place in this setting though as you have a tale about Inuits, a white seal, Rikki-Tikki the mongoose, other animals, and a boy who is taken to see the elephants dance.

I should think that most older people will have read these books before, but for those who are new to these then you may be surprised if you are only aware of the Disney movie. Some of these tales are more violent than portrayed in cartoons, so be prepared, remember Tennyson wrote ‘Tho’ Nature, red in tooth and claw’.

In all, these tales make for entertaining reading and this is both for young and old. Kipling’s writing here really brings to life the landscapes and characters, giving this a little more depth than is usual for such stories. Entertaining people for generations this looks like it will continue to do so for many more generations to come.


The Jungle Books (Oxford World's Classics)
The Jungle Books (Oxford World's Classics)
by Rudyard Kipling
Edition: Paperback
Price: £8.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Always Entertaining, 28 Jun. 2015
The Jungle Book was first published in 1894, and The Second Jungle Book in 1895, and amongst the pages we read of Mowgli, Baloo, Bagheera, Shere Khan and all the other characters that have become so well known. Not all the tales take place in this setting though as you have a tale about Inuits, a white seal, Rikki-Tikki the mongoose, other animals, and a boy who is taken to see the elephants dance.

I should think that most older people will have read these books before, but for those who are new to these then you may be surprised if you are only aware of the Disney movie. Some of these tales are more violent than portrayed in cartoons, so be prepared, remember Tennyson wrote ‘Tho’ Nature, red in tooth and claw’.

In all, these tales make for entertaining reading and this is both for young and old. Kipling’s writing here really brings to life the landscapes and characters, giving this a little more depth than is usual for such stories. Entertaining people for generations this looks like it will continue to do so for many more generations to come.


The Jungle Books (Penguin Classics)
The Jungle Books (Penguin Classics)
by Rudyard Kipling
Edition: Paperback
Price: £5.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Always Entertaining, 28 Jun. 2015
The Jungle Book was first published in 1894, and The Second Jungle Book in 1895, and amongst the pages we read of Mowgli, Baloo, Bagheera, Shere Khan and all the other characters that have become so well known. Not all the tales take place in this setting though as you have a tale about Inuits, a white seal, Rikki-Tikki the mongoose, other animals, and a boy who is taken to see the elephants dance.

I should think that most older people will have read these books before, but for those who are new to these then you may be surprised if you are only aware of the Disney movie. Some of these tales are more violent than portrayed in cartoons, so be prepared, remember Tennyson wrote ‘Tho’ Nature, red in tooth and claw’.

In all, these tales make for entertaining reading and this is both for young and old. Kipling’s writing here really brings to life the landscapes and characters, giving this a little more depth than is usual for such stories. Entertaining people for generations this looks like it will continue to do so for many more generations to come.


Sheer City Young Naked Women - Charli Shiin is Ready for the After Party: 69 Photos of Shaved Pussy XXX Nude Amateur College Girls
Sheer City Young Naked Women - Charli Shiin is Ready for the After Party: 69 Photos of Shaved Pussy XXX Nude Amateur College Girls
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing, 28 Jun. 2015
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Charli is a very sexy model and we do see all she has to offer here. All the photos are in colour and they can all be enlarged on a tablet device, which you will have to do as they could have been bigger on the screen. At least one page carries two photos, and when enlarged these only really become a large banner size.

This is quite similar with regards to poses as the vast majority here are with the model facing a wall and sticking out her bum. A third of this book is really taken up with adverts for other books in the series, and this book is quite disappointing in comparison to others that have been put out by this publisher.


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