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The Rachel Papers (Vintage Classics)
The Rachel Papers (Vintage Classics)
by Martin Amis
Edition: Paperback
Price: £8.99

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A bit of a chore, 27 Oct. 2014
This was my first introduction to Amis, found in a second-hand book sale, and perhaps not the best of choices for his first book. This brief novel took a long time to read... partly because I didn't really care about anyone in the book, so I didn't feel compelled to go on. The first thing that irked me was Charles's use of language. Amis didn't want to dumb -- or shall I say, simplify -- himself down even a smidgen so invented this "uber-intellectual" 19-year-old who peppers his thoughts with words most educated people never encounter, let alone use, in their lifetime. (This was useful, nonetheless, for enriching one's vocabulary, thanks Martin!) I simply didn't buy that any teenager would use language like this -- was this pretense of the main character, or of the author?

Also, I didn't particularly enjoy Charles's lens with which he viewed the world. Never far from biting misogyny, parent-hating, contemptuous, self-obsessed and self-centred... what an anti-hero.One can only hope that male teen minds (including Amis's own) are normally in better shape than this one, and that Charles's bleak and rather hideous inner world is a freakish anomaly rather than a truthful representation of his contemporaries.

Having said that, it's doubtlessly a well-written book, never mind the subject matter. I will give Amis another go, hoping that this time he will enrich more than just my vocabulary.


Magic Eye: A New Way of Looking at the World, 3D illusions
Magic Eye: A New Way of Looking at the World, 3D illusions
by N.E. Thing Enterprises
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £8.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Endless entertainment, 14 April 2014
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I loved this as a child, and now my son loves it just as much. He got so good at it that he manages to see the images in two different ways -- concave and convex. Great for relaxing, too -- if you suffer from stress you should get this book... only you need to be patient before you learn how to see the images, otherwise it could have quite the opposite effect! :)


Reebok Yoga Block - Black
Reebok Yoga Block - Black

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A great, light and versatile brick, 14 April 2014
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This review is from: Reebok Yoga Block - Black (Sports)
I am a yoga and Pilates teacher and love this brick. I use it in all of my classes and prefer it to any other ones. It's as sturdy and supportive as the wooden ones but lighter and softer, so no danger of it falling on you and hurting you. It doesn't collapse under one's weight either, and lasts forever. Well done Reebok. :)


The Science of Yoga: The Risks and the Rewards
The Science of Yoga: The Risks and the Rewards
by William J Broad
Edition: Paperback
Price: £10.68

1 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A great book... I'd like more though!, 14 April 2014
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As a yoga teacher and a skeptic in one, I found this book to be very honest and revealing, and a much-needed source of information for the very non-regulated yoga world. I would appreciate some more detailed explanations on the effects and contra-indications of yoga poses -- some were discussed but not many. The book deals with yoga as a whole, philosophy and physiology all rolled into one, which is fine, but I'd love to see a really thorough guide of what is actually effective and safe by modern standards for exercise and fitness, based on recent studies. Perhaps a sequel, Mr. Broad? I'd buy it immediately!


Wrecked
Wrecked
by Charlotte Roche
Edition: Paperback
Price: £8.99

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Unfinished business, 14 April 2014
This review is from: Wrecked (Paperback)
Some strong points in the book, but left me feeling cheated when it finished, prattling away about brothel experiences and the character's plans to sleep with other men beside her husband but not resolving the main conflict -- the reason for her hatred toward her parents after the accident, when she clearly loved them before. We never get a good explanation for her sudden change of feelings, especially for her mother. The mother gets to survive the accident badly injured, and her daughter just hates her guts, even though she wished for nothing more but her mother staying alive. Have I missed something? Not sure at all what the writer was trying to communicate here. Did she just hate her parents in lieu of herself, so she could live with herself at all? The sex scenes are okay, but their explicit nature makes the book stray into the pornographic genre -- a bit strange given its primary ambition to deal with the pretty serious issue of a deep psychological trauma.

Having gone through trauma twice myself at a young age, I didn't find much of the reaction of the main character very believable... like the need to laugh while leaving one beloved mother's hospital room after she barely survived an accident with horrendous consequences. Seriously? Trying so hard to keep a sad face in front of your burned mother a day after the accident? I could not sympathise with the character and found her quite horibble -- which wouldn't normally be a problem, as there are many fascinating villains in literature, but there was no decent explanation for her horribleness. She was just an inconsistent mess, paranoid, cruel, repenting, hateful, caring, dependent, irrational. Hard to know whether it was a result of the accident or if she had been like this before... bad things can change people but I don't suppose to such an extent. I wonder if the writer was just hoping for shock value instead of a genuine personality study.

Too many unfinished topics here -- besides the main one, her relationship to her best friend (we never get to meet her), her relationship to her stepson (we never learned how she managed to make things work between them after subjecting him to years of abuse), the way she dealt with the disintegration of her relationship with her fiancee. Too many words spent on description of genitalia and too few on the stuff that really mattered. I'd say, a good draft, now go and write the book. Or rather, two books: Wrecked, and Fifty Shades of Purple.


The Gi Diet (Now Fully Updated): The Glycemic Index; The Easy, Healthy Way to Permanent Weight Loss
The Gi Diet (Now Fully Updated): The Glycemic Index; The Easy, Healthy Way to Permanent Weight Loss
by Rick Gallop
Edition: Paperback
Price: £12.08

59 of 60 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Easy, common sense eating style, 12 Jan. 2006
I bought this book a few weeks ago, and I really think this diet will stick with people for a while. For most of us who've read a bit about nutrition and try to lead a healthy lifestyle, this book won't bring a whole lot of revolutionary ideas -- most of it has already been said. We usually know that whole grains are better than white flower, sugar and junk food is bad and fat should be eaten only in moderation.
What I really like and find different is his alternation of the traditional (USDA) food pyramid, which states that most of our daily servings should come from fruit and vegetables instead of grains and other carbs. He shows this more practically in his "plate" division (half of your plate for salad or veggies, a quarter for protein, and another quarter for carbs. It's the perfect, balanced food group ratio and it's easy to measure -- just look at your plate! No more "pasta only" dinners for me!
One thing I find somewhat worrisome is that Mr. Gallop is a bit too "sweetener-happy". He includes sugar substitutes in many of his recipes and assures us that sweeteners are absolutely safe, and that it's those evil sugar companies that have tried to give them a bad rep. Well, I'm not convinced. Not enough studies have been done on sucralose to be objective about its impact on our health, and the Internet swarms with warning and downright scary articles about the use of aspartame (not even speaking about saccharin). So, just to stay safe, I will keep reaching for plain yoghurt instead of Muller Lights and sweeten his chocolate cookies with beans with a bit of honey or brown sugar. In a book where everything else aims for the most natural foods, artificial sweeteners feel like a sore thumb to me. Also, I'm not thrilled about the idea of downing tons of skimmed milk, as he advocates.
Otherwise this is an excellent eating plan that you can share with your family as well without worrying about depriving them in any way.


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