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Dark Side of the Moon - 40th Anniversary Edition
Dark Side of the Moon - 40th Anniversary Edition
Price: £16.89

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars No other album comes close!!!!, 5 Jan 2013
The dark side of the moon is without doubt in my mind, the greatest album ever made by a band. It is simply incredible. There is nothing i can say that has not been said already about this album. If, somehow, in some way you have NEVER heard this incredible album...where have you been living in a rock? Get the dark side of the moon, it is beyond compare.


The Lord of the Rings
The Lord of the Rings
by Brian Sibley
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £25.64

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The tale of Frodo., 23 May 2012
This review is from: The Lord of the Rings (Hardcover)
The lord of the rings. Quite succinctly the greatest fantasy work there has ever been. I feel there is no way to put into justice how brilliant this book is. The story of Frodo Baggins and his quest to destroy the malevolence of the one ring is well known and loved now by millions. A book that spawned a hugely successful trio of films and many games. All of which simply pales in the presence of the book itself. The lord of the rings by J.R.R Tolkien will never be matched and is a genre defining work of literary art. You simply cannot have a love of fantasy and not have read this book. It is simply unfeasible.

There are many reviews of this magnificent book which go into detail about just what the story is, the structure of the book and the over-arching meaning behind it. This is not one of those very worthy reviews as this reviewer is not capable of being so succinct and wordy. So what is this review for? To tell you, whoever you are, if you are reading this review and have a love of fantasy yet have never read the greatest and most brilliant of its genre, yes, Lord of the rings, to please read it. You must read this book, you have to read this book. You have no choice in the matter. It will change your life. It will change your view on what a great book should be, how it should be told and how a great book should make you feel...how can i explain?

Alright, so i first read the lord of the rings when i was 11, yes, that is right, i was 11. I remember it well, my first year of big boy school. As a kid i was not very social at all and was kind of an outcast. Well i found the Lord of the rings within the school library, it was a paperback edition. I remember picking it up, and to be honest the first thing i thought upon looking at it was "well this is kinda snobby ain't it". But then i began to read it and fell into the world of hobbits throwing parties and grey wizards with long beards and bushy eyebrows, and dark evil looking figures all in black on black horses with an evil air and red eyes. I remember for the first 100 pages or so i felt it was all fun and merry and mischief, but then it started getting serious and gradually this whole world was unveiled. A world of wizards both good and evil, of strange creatures, of Dwarves and Elves and of heroic men. A world heavily uneasy with many problems and ills. A world with much good and many wondrous things. Yet all was under threat by a singular malicious evil that was threatening to cover it all in darkness and enslave the many different peoples. This great world that i had been introduced to was in peril. A peril from the land called Mordor. The dark lords horde of Orcs and evil men and many other foul things was threatening to destroy all that is bright, and lovely and beautiful. But on a purely personal level, the hobbit called Frodo had inherited a small golden ring, that his uncle Bilbo used to own...Frodo didn't know whose ring it really was. Frodo didn't know what was in his future. The story of this book is well known. Yet i shall not reveal any of it to you, the reader of this review if you have never read the book before. All i will say, to close what i have to say about The Lord of the Rings. I first read this book when i was 11, as i said. For about a month i read this book, and close to its end, in that last desperate struggle when Frodo was on his final journey into Mordor and all seemed blackest, when King Theoden had fallen out on the field of Gondor, slain by his own mount, Snowmane, which crushed him after being ravaged by the witch king of Angmar's fell steed, the nazgul...when Aragorn, the true king of Gondor, after narrowly leading his people and his allies to victory, against the very forces of Mordor, led a desperate charge to the black gate, against insurmountable odds, impossible odds, to buy Frodo time, though they knew not if the hobbit still lived. In that moment, when the free peoples were surrounded, outnumbered seemingly 100 to 1...i feared. I truly feared that the dark and terrible would win out. That all which is right and good and beautiful within the world was doomed. I feared they would all die, those brave people who numbered less then 7000, and that following them, all of middle earth, and then the lands beyond, even unto the undying lands. All would perish, and all would end. At the climactic finale of this book, the Lord of the Rings...i was humbled, i was brought to tears and i felt emotion unlike any book has ever been able to replicate before or since.

How it ends? I hope in this review i have only hinted. The story of this book and the peoples within it and what is happening in middle earth and the deeds of its people, is for you the reader to find out. The journey, from the start to its ultimate end is why you need to read this book, why i implore you to do so right away if you still have not. For not a single other fantasy book is quite like this, not as detailed, or as passionate or as descriptive as the Lord of the Rings.

If you are a fan of the fantasy genre, you must have this book in your collection. For it will not be complete without this book. The Lord of the Rings is THE fantasy epic. Get it. A must buy!!!!


The Lord of The Rings Online: Volume I and II Compilation (PC)
The Lord of The Rings Online: Volume I and II Compilation (PC)

5.0 out of 5 stars Simply brilliant., 23 May 2012
= Fun:5.0 out of 5 stars 
The lord of the rings online is easily the greatest and most fun online game i feel i have ever played. Or ever will. There is so much to say about this game, from its beautiful vistas, to the crazy and sometimes demented fellowship runs, to the often bizarre role-playing that goes on between many different players on specific game world servers. The game is packed with so much stuff, so many different things to take in. There are 9 classes of character you can play, and 4 different races, that anyone familiar with Lord of the Rings will know. The replay value of this game is almost endless, and they add more to the game every year. In 2011 we got the latest expansion to the game, Rise of Isengard, it was released on the 27Th of September, and since then there have also been not 1, but 2 free updates, [mini expansions] the first of which offered up a new region, new epic quest and a big 6 man instance. In late 2012 we shall also see the release of the next expansion, riders of rohan, which shall see mounted game-play, including the ability to fight on horseback, a huge new region, incorporating much of the land of the Rohirrim, and a level cap rise. [to level 85] The game is continually expanding.

I could go on to say much about this game, and its mechanics. In many ways it is like other popular mmos. There are 1000s of different quests you can complete, and there are many many different deeds you can accomplish, which mostly fall under 2 categories, exploration deeds where you attempt to find the many different locations in the game, and slayer deeds, that involve you having to slay so many of a specific creature. Most of said deeds offer up rewards in the form of virtue trait upgrades. [which improve your class] There are also class specific class deeds you can complete, by mostly using your classes specific skills so many times. The virtue trait exploration and slayer deeds are very much optional. The class trait deeds are not. This is just one of the many aspects of this game i could type about, but to explain all there is to do in this huge and epic game i would not have enough room to do.

In summery then. There are many hours of content within this game...and you will be hard pressed to do everything there is to do, and if you do, Turbine will only eventually add more content. The lord of the rings online, is probably not even approaching half way finished in its entirety, and it already takes well over an hour to travel the whole game world. [probably closer to two] If you like the world of Lord of the rings, and want to experience an epic adventure, this is the game for you. If you want to play a massive multi-player online game, with a great community this is also the game for you. There is much to do and much to see. I highly recommend you experience this game. It is the best of its type.


The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim (Xbox 360)
The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim (Xbox 360)
Offered by Game Trade Online
Price: £30.98

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Say goodbye soul. Its Bethesda's soul now., 23 May 2012
= Fun:5.0 out of 5 stars 
Verified Purchase(What is this?)
This review is about the game that has claimed my life in its entirety. There is not much i can say in a review of this game that has not been said by others, and better. Basically this game is amazing. Its incredible. The only way it could be a better game is if VR [virtual reality] was actually a reality. Even then it would only be slightly better as you can play this game using the xbox 360s Kinnect device,[or equivalent ps3 device] to control the action physically. I would love to find something...anything to say about this game that is negative...but there is nothing. Nothing at all. Skyrim is the magnum opus of this generation of console games, and i feel will be very hard to better for at least 5 years. Probably longer still. This game is a must buy for anyone who wants to have fun with console games. One word of warning. If you had any form of a life before playing this...its gone. You will loose it to this game. it IS THAT GOOD.

I can't recommend this game enough. 5/5 100/100 a brilliant game and a must buy.


Little Broken Hearts
Little Broken Hearts
Offered by MediaMerchants
Price: £4.73

8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars In a word......Magic!!!, 23 May 2012
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This review is from: Little Broken Hearts (Audio CD)
This album is called "little broken hearts". It is dark, moody and bitter in content. For our darling heroin is suffering from a broken heart. Yet she is not taking it in poor spirits. Every song is another angle on what happens when a long term relationship comes to an end, a different feeling, a different outlook etc. Norah Jones vocal take on this album is pretty much what you would expect from the single most pretty voice on this earth. There are some minor shocks and frights to be had on this album, on one song, called Miriam, its a song that is basically a dirge, where she sings about her rival "Miriam" i guess, and eventually sings "Miriam, thats such a pretty name, and ill keep saying it until you die" and "you know you done me wrong, i'm gonna smile when i take your life" That sort of thing, shocking indeed. Yet this song contains one of many shocks, to be honest. A refreshing turn from a singer who had to find a new way to express herself. Yet it is not just the lyrics to her songs on this album and her trademark brilliant singing that make this album so good. Its the music. Gone are the days where the music was just...pretty much a generic frame to showcase her voice. It seems Norah figured out she could sing the alphabet and it would sound good. Something any long term fan has known for years. There are hooks within the music, and catchy bits and in places i dare say it even sounds rather grand...not talking Queen here, but grand for a Norah Jones record at least. There are many elements within the music, and no real genre, but it can be said its sonically influenced jazz/fusion rock...or something like that.

For a rating i have given 5 stars, though its more 4 and a half. The only slight detraction, is that despite the music being much more engaging and despite the singers many talents...this is still an album you can just put on in the background. It is not like her previous albums though. You can put this on in the background but you will miss out on a lot of good stuff if you let it float over you. In closing...i highly recommend you try out this album.


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