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Muppet Treasure Island [DVD] [1996]
Muppet Treasure Island [DVD] [1996]
Dvd ~ Tim Curry
Price: £4.20

5.0 out of 5 stars Great fun!, 3 Feb 2014
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Probably my favourite Muppet movie (A Christmas Carol comes a close 2nd).
Lots of fun with the usual gang of muppets, this time taking the various roles from R.L. Stephenson's classic tale of pirates and... treasure!
Tim Curry plays a great Long John Silver.

So many quotable parts from this film, and fun for adults as well as kids!

My favourite song has to be "Cabin Fever".


Come Let Us Reason
Come Let Us Reason
by Robert B. Stewart
Edition: Paperback
Price: £15.06

4.0 out of 5 stars A Mixed Bag of Apologetics, 3 Feb 2014
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Come Let Us Reason (CLUR) is the 3rd (or 4th depending on how you count) book in a series of Christian Apologetics volumes edited by William Lane Craig and others.

Having thoroughly enjoyed the previous volumes, this one was no exception, and the 16 chapters cover a wide variety of topics.
However, the quality of this book is rather mixed.

Some essays are superb, such as Chapter 3 on engaging women in apologetics, as well as the entirety of Part 4 on Ancient Israel and the Old Testament.
In terms of usefulness of things I'd never thought or knew before, Chapter 8 on "The Author in Greco-Roman Letter Writing" was incredibly helpful. Seeing the disciples of Jesus as followers of a popular rabbi would make it more likely they would record his teachings accurately, as was the case with other Jewish teachers of the period.

Some essays, however, felt a bit... wrong?
Gary Habermas' article on "The Silence of God" felt a bit too "in house" for a book of apologetics, more pastoral than the title implied.

William Lane Craig's article on 10 Popular Objections to the Kalam Cosmological Argument was good, yet I felt that he could've done more to address the objections. I realise space was limited, but this essay felt that Dr. Craig didn't take them very seriously, even though a large amount of internet/village atheists use these objections all the time. If he had rammed home his points in a bit more detail, then it would've felt that these issues were more satisfactorily addressed.

Finally, the final Part on other religions felt very superficial.
I'm not sure what the target audience was (IE, it seemed to assume NO previous knowledge of Islam or Hinduism), but these two essays were rather basic.
The essay on the Qu'ran, whilst raising interesting questions, seemed to fail to address any counter-objections or answers from an Islamic point of view. I felt that the author here would've benefitted more from only asking one question and focussing on multiple, as the result seemed rather scattergun. A quick Google search would reveal that Muslims have provided answers to these questions, but unfortunately these are left unaddressed.

Would I buy this book? Yes. It will be of help to Christians.
Would I give it to non-Christians? No, but I might photocopy certain essays or use parts of it in discussions with them.


Betrayer (The Horus Heresy)
Betrayer (The Horus Heresy)
by Aaron Dembski-Bowden
Edition: Paperback
Price: £6.39

4.0 out of 5 stars Heresy comes full-swing!, 28 Oct 2013
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Betrayer is great!

Before saying anything more, Please PLEASE double check which format you are buying this in - Trade Paperback or Mass Market Paperback! It'll really look different on your shelf (people often want a matching collection), and the price is different too.

Onto the book:
Betrayer serves as a sequel to a few previous Horus Heresy novels: The First Heretic, Aurelian, Know No Fear, and even Battle for the Abyss.

The plot revolves around Lorgar and his Word Bearers on a crusade against the Ultramarines alongside Angron and his crazed World Eaters. The crusade has been raging for a while and Ultramar is getting destroyed from within, but the effects are taking their toll - Angron is slowly dying as the "Butcher's Nails" take over control, and Lorgar is seeking to save him.

The reason this book is great is because of its POV characters, namely: Kharn, Argel Tal, Lhorke (a dreadnought who is awoken to discover the Heresy has begun) and especially Lotara Sarrin, the ships captain. She provides a more human perspective to what transpires as each Legion brings their unique characteristics to the tale.

I can't reveal too much more as it may give it away, but it is a must read for fans of the Horus Heresy.

However, there are a few criticisms:
*This book makes hardly any reference to the audio drama "Butcher's Nails", yet is meant to serve as a direct sequel to it.
*There is a discussion about a battle where the Word Bearers/World Eaters discuss facing "a billion" men. Now I know they are guessing, but it just seems stupid that they would even discuss such numbers without more intel, and that even 2 Legions against the discipline of several Ultramarine chapters, titans and human auxilliaries would not stand a chance against a billion men.
*Roboute Guilliman has a fleet of 41 ships against 3 big ships. Instead of a space battle then blast the WB/WE from orbit, he rushes ships past these massive enemy ships to land troops, losing many men and ships in the process... Then he's stupid enough to directly attack Two other Primarchs, one of which is meant to be the most brutal fighter in the galaxy... Mr Dembski-Bowden's portrayl of Guilliman flies in the face of what we've been constantly told about his meticulous planning and tactics etc...
*A character is brought back to life, yet nothing major happens to them. Their status is left ambiguous at the end of this novel, so that's fine, but I would've suspected such sorcery would've had greater repercussions. I'll have to wait for a new book to see what happens!
*He kills one of my favourite characters!!


Honour to the Dead (The Horus Heresy)
Honour to the Dead (The Horus Heresy)
by Gav Thorpe
Edition: Audio CD

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3.0 out of 5 stars Good addition to the HH Series, 28 Oct 2013
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Honour to the Dead is a new audio addition to the ever-growing Horus heresy series.
This audio drama has a 75mins runtime approx.

It is set in the events on Calth - the battle between the Ultramarines and the Word Bearers. Whilst it doesn't really add to the progression of the overall story, it expands that particular storyline, fitting nicely with "Know No Fear" and just before "Mark of Calth".

The story is all about Titans, great big warmachines, as they fight for control of a city on Calth. Caught up in between this is Jane Collingwood's character, who plays a mum desperate to find her newborn son amid the warzone. Protecting her are 3 Ultramarines troops.
The plot is fairly basic, but flows rather well. However, not much seems to happen (its quite fast paced and jumps from scene to scene), and what does happen is passed over fairly quickly.
The soundeffects and atmosphere are great - the warhorns of the Titans themselves are very cool - reminiscent of "War of the Worlds".

The only criticism I'd have is that the traitor Princeps is way too 1 Dimensional - crazy, deluded, with no real depth. Yes, he's been serving alongside the arch-traitor Word Bearers Legion, but his voice just seemed a bit over-the-top and vaudevillian... Maybe when I finally read the prose I'll have a different opinion.

Obviously this is not an audio (or series) you can just dip into, and I'd suggest reading "Know No Fear" before you listen to this one. A good addition to the series, but not the best.


Why Jesus?: Rediscovering His Truth in an Age of Mass Marketed Spirituality
Why Jesus?: Rediscovering His Truth in an Age of Mass Marketed Spirituality
by Ravi K. Zacharias
Edition: Paperback
Price: £10.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A Mixed-Bag, 28 Oct 2013
I bought this book last year and finally got round to reading it a few weeks ago.
It wasn't what I expected.

I was expecting to see far more positive affirmations of the question "Why Jesus?"
Instead, this book is mostly a critique of a broad understanding of "spirituality" - what we might call being spiritual but not religious. It covers topics such as hinduism, buddhism and particularly the works of Deepak Chopra.

Zacharias targets many "Eastern" understandings of spirituality and critiques them. As a novice in many of these areas however, I either had no idea what he was on about, or the people he was discussing. Sometimes his explanations were as vague as the philosophies he was seeking to refute. A greater use of footnotes would have helped, just to reinforce the points he was making. (He often relies on a mix of anecdote and research/academic works, but the latter isn't always as clear as one may like).
Interesting as learning new things are, most of what he wrote about has no bearing on my daily experiences - I'm not sure this book was for me, but for another person they may find it very beneficial. I mostly took away general principles about objective truth, worldview-building and why religious pluralism ("all paths lead to God") fails, rather than more positive reasons in how to share Jesus.

The main problem I found with this book was that I got 3/4 of the way in and was still left wondering about the question "Why Jesus?". He does expose religious pluralism very well, but his positive message about Christianity and the uniqueness of Jesus Christ was weak I think. It appeared almost rushed, stuck in the last 3 chapters of the book. He did, however, provide a mini-appendix of fairly standard apologetic works about the reliability of the Bible at the back that would be helpful if you've never encountered such works before.

I wouldn't recommend this book to a non-Christian, but perhaps read it if you have friends who would consider themselves spiritual but not religious, or influenced by Eastern understandings of religion and God.


Bede: A Biblical Miscellany (Translated Texts for Historians)
Bede: A Biblical Miscellany (Translated Texts for Historians)
by Saint Bede the Venerable
Edition: Paperback

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5.0 out of 5 stars Useful English Translations of Smaller Bede Texts, 29 April 2013
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This collection really does what it says in the title: provide a collection of 6 of Bede's works from the Bible.
These are: On the Holy Places (one of Bede's earliest works, mainly based on Adamnan's work of the same name, with very little original content), On the Resting Places (a discussion of the wanderings of the Israelites in Numbers 33), On What Isaiah Says (a response to a question by Bishop Acca, based on Isaiah 24:22), On Tobias (a commentary on the entire book), Thirty Questions on the Book of Kings (which for Bede included 1+2 Samuel as well as 1+2 Kings) and On Eight Questions (a miscellany of answers to 8 Qs).

Overall, the quality of this work is great. It is thoroughly cross-referenced with other verses from scripture as well as Bede's other commentaries and the work of modern scholars. Each work is introduced and explained by one of the authors, with comments on dating and provenance. The Preface by Benedicta Ward is also interesting overview reading of Bede's life.

The only downside is that there has been a lot of scholarly work done since this was published in 1999, as well as many new translations from the Liverpool Translated Texts for Historians series, and it could do with an updated bibliography. Nevertheless, this is a definite purchase for the scholar of Bede.


Zombie Ep
Zombie Ep
Price: £8.28

5.0 out of 5 stars Simply Brilliant Zombie-Inspired EP, 22 April 2013
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Where to start?!
"Zombie" is simply brutal, fast-paced metalcore from The Devil Wears Prada.
There are only 5 songs, but thats fine as its only an EP. Some may question value for money, but these are 5 of their best.

The whole album fits together around the theme of a zombie apocalypse, and every song feels just right.
There is a good combination of deep growling and screaming, and the drumming is intense!
I also really like the sound effects between songs, from the rain, the chainsaw, the emergency broadcast, and shooting the zombies after "Revive".

The atmospheric introduction of "Escape" is simply brilliant, building up the thunderstorm sound before breaking in with the lyrics.
My favourite however, has to be the final song "Survivor", which serves as an epilogue to the album. The lyrics are haunting in his situation, and you can really sense the emotion and sense of despair from the protagonist before the song fades quietly out.

Well worth a purchase if a fan of TDWP, metalcore, or simply people looking for a soundtrack to accompany The Walking Dead!


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4.0 out of 5 stars Does the Job Well, 22 April 2013
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I bought this as a second battery for my Canon A3100 Digital Camera for when I'm on the go.

Its lifetime is just as long as the Canon battery, with the same results.
Just what I need for when I'm camping or out and about with no chance of charging it!

The only downside I'd say is that the plastic wrapping/coat makes it a slightly tight fit in the charger - I often have to dig my nails in or use a key to get it out! Its not a straight fit like Canon's own battery, I think its a bit thicker and feels like its wedged, despite being able to charge normally.

Nevertheless, good quality, serves my purposes well.


Living Things
Living Things
Price: £7.07

5.0 out of 5 stars LP Back at their Best, 22 April 2013
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Having been a fan of Linkin Park since their first album (Hybrid Theory) I bought this album in the hope that it would be a return to the sound that first drew me in. Don't get me wrong, I enjoyed "A Thousands Suns", their fourth album, but it just wasn't them, and "Minutes to Midnight" was a mixed bag...

Living Things returns Linkin Park to their best sounds, with just the right amount of Mike Shinoda rap, and Chester Bennington scream, combined with some of the electronic sounds they experimented with in their last album.
Particular highlights on the album are the opener "Lost in the Echo", "Burn it Down" and "Lies Greed Misery".
Another standout has to be "Victimized", the hardest hitting song on the album, which, while short, packs a punch!
My favourite song has to be "Castle of Glass", providing the token emotional/ballad-esque song on all their albums (like Numb, In the End, or Shadow of the Day).

The only disappoint was the end of the album. "Tinfoil", an instrumental, was too short - they should've expanded it and turned it into a full song like "Session" or "Cure for the Itch". The final song, "Powerless" was, well, powerless. It seemed the album slowed down and petered out at the end, but maybe thats the point - as "Living Things" we will all stop one day.

Fans of Linkin Park will love this, and its a good introduction to the band for new listeners.


Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 (PC DVD)
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 (PC DVD)
Offered by Shop4World
Price: £6.78

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good but not the best..., 21 April 2013
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In terms of gameplay, pick up any COD game and you'll know what you're in for: fast pace, a variety of weapons, amazing scenery etc.
In some respect, this is no different, but for some, they may rate this down as "more of the same" as if this is a bad thing. It isn't. COD is easily the best franchise fps shooter out there. For those saying Battlefield - the two are apples and oranges. CODMW2 takes you as an individual, a footsoldier in a warzone, not some player who can somehow fly a plane, helicopter or drive a tank!

The Campaign picks up a few years after CODMW (COD4) and links nicely in with some of the favourite characters - Soap and Captain McTavish. It also introduces some new characters too. There are a variety of missions, which, though original, do feel fairly linear at times... The game could be completed on easier difficulties in 2-3 days.

Multiplayer is fun, but as this is an older game there is a steep learning curve; there are some VERY good players online, but there is also a still thriving community, so plenty of people to still play with.
The main issues, as highlighted by others is the lack of dedicated servers, meaning sometimes your game stops if the host leaves and has to restart again, which disrupts the flow of play...

Nevertheless, this is still one of the best out there, and for fans of COD this is a must buy, despite its flaws.


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