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since 16/08/2008

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Twilight - Stephenie Meyer 21/08/2008

Divine Edward

Twilight - Stephenie Meyer I had bought this without planning to, I was searching for something bubblegum, by that I mean easy to deal with, something ongoing but interesting but not too hard. There was an offer on on my local WH Smith and having found one book I fancied completing the deal with a half price book. The picture drew me first, those pale hands gently clasping the perfectly red apple. It drew me far enough to pick the book up to read the back, which in turn made the sale. I like this genre of fiction anyway, I'm not one to shun teen fiction just because I'm a fully grown adult, after all, the ingenuity of Harry Potter and the whole His Dark Materials series by Phillip Pullman are aimed at young adults. They also warranted films and spin off books, a huge inernational following and fan clubs all over the internet. Stephenie Meyer gives the impression she wrote this story because it needed telling and frankly it comes across that way. It is honest in an entirely raw way, it is all encompassing emotionally and it demonstrates something which I believe most of us want, a perfect and somewhat traditional relationship. Bella is a 17 year old girls who moves to the damp and dismal town of Forks when her mother happily hitches up with a new man. Courteously making space she goes to live with her Dad and starts at the local high school, where she suddenly makes good friend, becomes a comparative babe and meets the most unusual family ever seen. Edward is the radiantly gorgeous boy ...

Stephenie Meyer 17/08/2008

To die for

Stephenie Meyer I encountered the first book by Stephenie Meyer quite by accident, I was browsing in Waterstones, looking for something easily digested and fantastical. I'm an adult, a mother in fact, but I don't rule out teen fiction as a potential genre. I read Twilight very quickly, entirely consumed by the power of the story and the depth of characters. I was impressed by her writing style, a fluid experience with vast emotive capacity which was entirely fulfilled. The first novel is a vampire love story in essence, it sounds mushy and juvenile with such a brief description but it is accurate. Bella is a 17 year old human, Edward is 18 going on 100 and a vampire and masquerading as a high school student to create the cover his 'vegetarian' family require to blend with society. Bella is so intoxicated with Edward and he with her that they become the inevitable mismatched couple, he thirsting for her but forever determined to keep her human and her desperate to join him in eternal life. Having absorbed these characters, delighting at the novel I discovered the second novel New Moon was released and dashed out to buy it and devoured it in much the same manner. Bella and Edward's relationship is vast but a new character creates complexities previously unthought, a werewolf. It now sounds bizarre and stretching the already insane boundary but Stephenie Meyer handles it well, making reality of the character and effortlessly sliding the new character into every crucial element of ...

Breaking Dawn - Stephenie Meyer 17/08/2008

The blood that moves the body

Breaking Dawn - Stephenie Meyer I encountered the first book by Stephenie Meyer quite by accident, I was browsing in Waterstones, looking for something easily digested and fantastical. I'm an adult, a mother in fact, but I don't rule out teen fiction as a potential genre. I read Twilight very quickly, entirely consumed by the power of the story and the depth of characters. I was impressed by her writing style, a fluid experience with vast emotive capacity which was entirely fulfilled. The whole series is a vampire love story in essence, it sounds mushy and juvenile with such a brief description but it is accurate. Bella is a 17 year old human, Edward is 18 going on 100 and a vampire and masquerading as a high school student to create the cover his 'vegetarian' family require to blend with society. I discovered the second novel New Moon was released and dashed out to buy it and devoured it in much the same manner. Eclipse was still really enjoyable but I won't write about the details here. Breaking Dawn has been an entirely different beast. I've looked forward to this book for months and had to begin reading it as soon as I could. I felt the beginning was garbled, the events ploughed through as fast as possible, like the author had to get certain events over and done with but couldn't make it so meaningful as in the first book. Edward and Bella have moved on, to one of the possible natural next steps, lets face it, readers of the series will know there were several possibilities but only one ...

Lloyds TSB 17/08/2008

Poor banking customer service

Lloyds TSB Lloyds TSB, Sheffield City Centre Everyone will know quite enough about the products offered, however, I can review the customer service at this particular branch. I don't personally bank with them but organisations I work for do, sadly I had to visit this branch to update my details and started by standing in a non moving queue. Wondering where the staff were I craned my neck around the badly lit room to find the one woman on the help desk stood chatting to a client. Business completed they were discussing the clients husband and his attitude towards helping out. Realising that the staff member was effectively taking a break I stood in her eyeline and fidgeted and sighed a lot until she finally noticed and ended her conversation somewhat reluctantly. She then came to the help desk, picked up a pen and vanished into an office. No client followed and none came out with her when she finally emerged. She eventually meandered down to the help desk and summoned help from another assistant to deal with the now enormous queue. Both women then chatted for a moment before begrudgingly giving the nod for the firs person to come forward. It took almost another 15 minutes from being 3rd in the queue before being given permission to step forward to have my enquiry analysed by the dubious staff, who, despite being given the company name, being the originating branch and having my details, could not find the account I needed to update my details with. I was dismissed. I made it it ...

Asda (Shop) 16/08/2008

Asda price

Asda (Shop) Asda, Handsworth, Sheffield I don't go to Asda often, but for the reasons I do go I tend to like the store. It's a normal Asda in terms of grocery on the ground floor but then it has a half mezzanine floor with a trolley travelator ( strange mechanised escalator for shopping trollies) up to the mezzanine floor. On the mezzanine it has clothing, electricals, books, outdoor/seasonal, toys, gifts and household. I like Asda's prices and I've had some lovely items of clothing for my twins, a few low cost stocking fillers and a variety of things like Halloween costumes and Christmas cards. A decent choice and prices to suit. One item of clothing I bought for myself ended up waaaaay too small despite buying my usual size. Another top was especially roomy and a third just fine, all the same size but bought over a period of around 2 years, so I find the clothing inconsistent and for that reason I often avoid it. I like that they put sales on for split items, I've bought the twins character socks from a split pack for just 50p, a pair of pjs for 50p because the second pair were missing from a multipack, a pair of slippers because the plastic hook was missing off the packaging for just £1, insane prices. The sales are well worth looking out for. Parent and child parking is available. The parent and child parking is very limited and hugely abused, partly because there is also limited disability parking, so once that's gone they start using P&C, also because there's a cash ...
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