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The Seven Basic Plots: Why We Tell Stories
The Seven Basic Plots: Why We Tell Stories
by Christopher Booker
Edition: Paperback
Price: £16.20

11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Erudition, but in service of what?, 25 Oct. 2014
The seven plots part of the book is great, well-informed and highly readable, exciting. Erudite.
Booker's writing is so vigorous, sharp and smart it's hard to believe how much of what is in many ways a reference book you can read at one sitting... you feel cleverer just by being in its company.
But there's a slow dawning, especially in the later chapters and especially in the chapter on sex and violence, that there's a polemic at work, a really quite pained and exasperated dislike of 60's social progressiveness and the storytelling and experimentation which it permitted. Booker wants to deny that voice, and once I felt the chill finger of the social reactionary against my lips, my admiration for the book collapsed and was replaced by a shudder at the idea of being nearly blindsided by what seems to be a rather zealously puritanical mind.

Think of it as you might think of an otherwise excellent medical textbook whose final chapters contain theories about racial difference and eugenics.


Blue: Book 1
Blue: Book 1
by Lisa Glass
Edition: Paperback
Price: £7.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Pefect Read, 25 Aug. 2014
This review is from: Blue: Book 1 (Paperback)
I absolutely loved this book. It's fresh and bright and funny and feels so real, I was right inside the head of the characters. Could not put it down, highly recommend.


Nikon JAB73401 HB-34 Lens Hood for Camera
Nikon JAB73401 HB-34 Lens Hood for Camera
Price: £14.99

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Lens Hood, 20 Jun. 2013
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This is a light, robust piece of kit which works well.

Good price.

An improvement on the hood with which my 55-200 Nikon DX came supplied.


Draper DIY Series 07394 1/2-inch Drive Socket Set (42 Pieces)
Draper DIY Series 07394 1/2-inch Drive Socket Set (42 Pieces)
Offered by Langley Steelworks Ltd
Price: £46.47

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars High Quality Value For Money, 20 Jun. 2013
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This is an excellent choice for the DIY-er. With a good weight and heft, this well organised set covers the middle range of imperial and metric sizes.

Probably not robust or sophisticated enough for a full-time engineer or mechanic, nonetheless the price-to-build quality of this socket set is stunning. With reasonably infrequent use and care with cleaning and storage, it should last indefinitely.

I can unreservedly say that this is an excellent product with which I am completely satisfied.

PS: my kids love playing with it too!


Into The Woods: How Stories Work and Why We Tell Them
Into The Woods: How Stories Work and Why We Tell Them
by John Yorke
Edition: Paperback

54 of 71 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Snake Oil, 9 April 2013
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This book is a disappointment.
Relentlessly repetitive, it takes five acts to describe a one-scene story.
A harping, irritating prose style forever exclaiming how 'simple' and 'clear' things are, and forever promising some great insight into storytelling yet delivering bland obvious-isms. And the same ones over and over and over again.
If you've ever wondered how British television drama became thin, bland, predictable in its patterns and empty of idiosyncrasy or living characters, it could just be that this one man, John Yorke, is responsible... and now he wants everyone else to know how to do it.
More annoyed than I otherwise might be because of the claims the publicity makes that this is something different. Well done Yorke/Independent, you got £10 out of this sucker.
It's a cynical, massively padded, repetitive, strident, dull, pale, thin ghost of Booker's Seven Basic Plots from which, as far as I can tell, it takes a very great deal.
Seriously terrible, and not to be taken seriously by anyone who loves beauty, depth, idiosyncrasy or originality in their stories.
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Vax V-091 Performance 2200 Bagless Cylinder Vacuum Cleaner
Vax V-091 Performance 2200 Bagless Cylinder Vacuum Cleaner

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Pain in the ***, 22 Sept. 2010
Huge capacity cylinder makes no sense because filter clogs and reduces suction by at least a third after hoovering just one average room. Crazy. Cleaning the filter is messy, time-consuming and difficult and you'll have to do it three times to properly hoover the house once.

Build quality is poor - the extendable tubes on our machine have lost their hold on one another and the bendy-tube has broken where it meets the main unit even though you're supposed to pull this machine along as you hoover. We have gaffer tape all over the thing, which looks terrible. Wheels fall off and have to be clipped back on.

Edge cleaning is really poor.

Pros: Excellent suction, but only for about ten minutes!! Looks ok. Good on laminate/floorboards.

I would not buy this machine again.


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