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From the Earth to the Moon
From the Earth to the Moon
by Jules Verne
Edition: Mass Market Paperback
Price: £4.14

2 of 4 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Imaginative, but bland, 28 Dec. 2011
So much of the beginning of the book reads like a manual that it is like reading the Old Testament (except that the measurements are not in cubits). I doubt anyone reads the bible for enjoyment either. I would have expected literature to have moved on in the thousands of years since, but Verne obviously hankered for the old days. It is drier than a pack of Spanish biscuits.

What about the characters then? Well, there is some nice descriptions of the members of the "Gun Club" but really, did I feel anything for them? Nope. Nothing in the book made me give a damn about any of them. They were wooden, lifeless cardboard cut-outs. As an example, Barbicane gets the telegraph from Ardan, and almost instantly decides to make huge alterations to his project without even blinking an eyelid (well, he does ask Arden if he is quite determined to go, as if it is his project, not the Gun Club's). The story is about the use of a projectile to get to the moon. The characters are only part of the story when it fits the greater good. This is what makes them so fake and bland. So when you are with the characters in the projectile, you know very little about what is happening on Earth. When you are with the characters on Earth, you know very little about what is going on in the projectile. I would give examples, but really don't want to spoil it for someone who has not read it.

Given the amount of detail in the book, I strongly suspect the author felt a great deal of excitement in researching/writing it, but unfortunately, he forgot to put it in the story.

His description of the effects of gravity in the capsule were poor, and not because of a lack of understanding of basic science, after all, they knew that gravity was only about 1/6th of what it is on the earth. But for the people on the capsule, there seems to be no effect from decreasing gravity as they leave the earth until the last moments when they get to the point where the gravity from the Earth is balanced by the gravity from the Moon. And the whole thing lasts only minutes. There are other poor mistakes too, also unrelated to the comparative inexperience of space in the 19th century to today. Some of these he attempts to explain away in the beginning of the second part of the book (such as the estimated date for arriving at the destination which changes from one volume to the other).

All in all, the book improves as it progresses, but the most exciting part, was getting to the end.
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From the Earth to the Moon and Round the Moon
From the Earth to the Moon and Round the Moon
Price: £0.00

2.0 out of 5 stars Imaginative, but bland, 28 Dec. 2011
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So much of the beginning of the book reads like a manual that it is like reading the Old Testament (except that the measurements are not in cubits). I doubt anyone reads the bible for enjoyment either. I would have expected literature to have moved on in the thousands of years since, but Verne obviously hankered for the old days. It is drier than a pack of Spanish biscuits.

What about the characters then? Well, there is some nice descriptions of the members of the "Gun Club" but really, did I feel anything for them? Nope. Nothing in the book made me give a damn about any of them. They were wooden, lifeless cardboard cut-outs. As an example, Barbicane gets the telegraph from Ardan, and almost instantly decides to make huge alterations to his project without even blinking an eyelid (well, he does ask Arden if he is quite determined to go, as if it is his project, not the Gun Club's). The story is about the use of a projectile to get to the moon. The characters are only part of the story when it fits the greater good. This is what makes them so fake and bland. So when you are with the characters in the projectile, you know very little about what is happening on Earth. When you are with the characters on Earth, you know very little about what is going on in the projectile. I would give examples, but really don't want to spoil it for someone who has not read it.

Given the amount of detail in the book, I strongly suspect the author felt a great deal of excitement in researching/writing it, but unfortunately, he forgot to put it in the story.

His description of the effects of gravity in the capsule were poor, and not because of a lack of understanding of basic science, after all, they knew that gravity was only about 1/6th of what it is on the earth. But for the people on the capsule, there seems to be no effect from decreasing gravity as they leave the earth until the last moments when they get to the point where the gravity from the Earth is balanced by the gravity from the Moon. And the whole thing lasts only minutes. There are other poor mistakes too, also unrelated to the comparative inexperience of space in the 19th century to today. Some of these he attempts to explain away in the beginning of the second part of the book (such as the estimated date for arriving at the destination which changes from one volume to the other).

All in all, the book improves as it progresses, but the most exciting part, was getting to the end.


Sennheiser MX 470 Ergonomic In-Ear Stereo Earphones with Superior Bass
Sennheiser MX 470 Ergonomic In-Ear Stereo Earphones with Superior Bass

0 of 2 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Where is my foam?, 23 Jun. 2011
Nice sounding earphones if not outstanding but such a shame that the foam covers fall off and get lost so easily. I have owned this set for about two weeks. They will not see three. Back to Sony for me.
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Mirror Ball - Live And More
Mirror Ball - Live And More

20 of 21 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Finally..., 20 Jun. 2011
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Mirrorball is Def Leppard's first live album (well it isn't really, the Deluxe edition of Pyromania includes a complete concert from 1983 which is the equal of this CD), and perhaps not bad timing after their recent Download appearance. Although god knows why they didn't do this 20 years ago. Still, it is a great CD packed with the hits. Sure, some of the purists will argue about what songs could have been on the set list but you can please everyone. Although with two CD's worth of music, I was a little surprised to see that neither Let It Go or Mirror Mirror made the cut.

The songs are good. Joe Elliott's vocals don't sound as strong as they once did (but then we all get older don't we), but the guitar work makes up. Phil tends to fill the right channel and Viv the left and it makes it particularly interesting to hear the different parts (and styles) of the guitarists. Particular stand outs are Switch 625 (the best version I have heard), and the takes on Animal, and Love Bites. Cmon Cmon and Hysteria also sound great. It also nice to see their last album represented too with (the previously mentioned) Cmon Cmon, Nine Lives and Bad Actress. Really though, the band could give the acoustic section a rest.

What about the "More"? Well, that is mainly the three new songs. Undefeated is a classic Lep track which starts with tribal beats and builds on a typical Leppard riff. Kings of the World is like Leppard Does Queen. Still, it does grow on you. A little. It's All About Believing is a poppish track. I think one of the band members compared it to Animal meets Hysteria, and that isn't a bad way to describe it. Perhaps it wouldn't have been out of place on X or Euphoria. Overall though, not a bad selection of songs.

The DVD is a nice extra, but certainly not a sequel to "In the Round, In Your Face".

For the price though, this is well worth for the money for the serious fan, or just the type that picks up the greatest hits collections.


Between the Devil & the Deep Blue Sea
Between the Devil & the Deep Blue Sea
Offered by MediaMerchants
Price: £5.94

4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars One of the best rock CD's of the year., 31 May 2011
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Since the album surprised me by turning up a few days early, I have had a chance to give it a few spins. I must say, I am pretty impressed. Their self-titled album was the first one I got, and like perhaps with a lot of bands, it remains a benchmark for them to try and match. Have they done it? No, perhaps not (or maybe that is unfair and I am being biased!), but this is still a good CD.

Blame it on the Boom Boom, White Trash Millionaire, Killing Foor, Stay, and Change are all fantastic songs (must also include the bonus track Fade Away), and worthy additions to the BSC stable.

What make a typical BSC song? Bluesy (and ballsy) crunching guitars, slamming drums, and Chris Roberston's deep booming vocals. This album is so full of Les Paul goodness I feel like a better player just by having it near me.

Great Southern rock from a great band.


Def Leppard: The Definitive Visual History
Def Leppard: The Definitive Visual History
by Ross Halfin
Edition: Hardcover

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A must have..., 26 May 2011
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I don't normally buy books about musicians (although I also have Animal Instinct), but made an exception for this as it was meant to cover all era's of the band.

The book doesn't disappoint and does exactly that, starting with some of early shows from 1979 in Sheffield, right up to present day. There is a mixture of formal, informal, live, backstage, on the road, the studio, and even in the bath! Obviously you would expect a high standard of photos from Mr Halfin, but more than that, they are carefully arranged and commented (by the band) to give you some insight to life in a rock band. Through the pictures, you get at least a glimpse of how they changed, matured, and grew up (and old!) together.

A good pictorial history and well worth the cash.


Star Wars Trilogy: Episodes I, II And III [DVD]
Star Wars Trilogy: Episodes I, II And III [DVD]
Dvd ~ Hayden Christensen
Offered by Abbysstore81
Price: £34.99

32 of 55 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars I have a bad feeling about this..., 28 April 2011
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Where to start?

All three films suffer from the same problems. Characters which are difficult to relate to, wooden dialogue, complicated (and largely boring) stories, and just poor scripts.

Take The Phantom Menace. What is the main story? If you look at the original films, they all have great characters we can relate to, characters that grow with us, and a clear story (rebels smuggle the plans to the Death Star to the rebel base, get capture and escape the DS, and then attempt to blow it up). What is the story in The Phantom Menace? Really? Something about some trade dispute on some non-entity of a planet populated by non-entities. Nothing explained, and no emotional buy-in. Who is the "Luke Skywalker"? There is no main character. The film isn't really about either Obi -Wan (or the other one), or Annakin, the Queen, or Jar Jar. Palpatine? Perhaps he is the main character through default. Not because he is well written, but because he is just much less poorly written than anyone else.

Attack of the Clones? Not sure if this is much better. General Dooku (who?) is having his strings pulled by a mysterious hologram (Palpatine) and building some kind of robot army with the help of insects. Why? Because Palpatine wants to create a war with his other secret army to get additional power (or something). Oh there is some kind of forced love thing between Annakin and Padme. To compare the chemistry between these two and.. oh wait, there is none. This film in particular is just a vehicle for special effects.

Revenge of the Sith. The vehicle for Annakin to turn into Darth Vadar. Why does he turn? Good point I am still not really sure. Something about premonitions of his wife dying in child and being talked into killing kids. In a kids film. Oh, and falling out with out with Obi Wan (apparently great friends although they both seem to spend the trilogy moaning and complaining about each other). Finished with an over elaborate light-sabre duel that for all its theatrics, cannot compare with any from the original trilogy.

Overall, fantastic effects, but someone forgot to write a decent story to go with it. If these were not hanging onto the coat-tales of the original, these would be laughable B-films.
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Football Manager 2011 (PSP)
Football Manager 2011 (PSP)
Offered by scaddingk
Price: £3.50

7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great fun!, 2 Jan. 2011
FMH2011 is the latest installment in the franchise that brings football management to the PSP.

What you get, is an opportunity to manage the team (or perhaps teams) of your choice over a massive 30 seasons and engineer great comebacks, thumpings of your rivals, and of course last minute defeats, all on the way of (if you wish) creating footballing history.

The game itself is of course a management game. You buy and sell players, set training and tactics, send out scouts, and decide the fate of your team both on and off (to some extent) the pitch. It is however a PSP game rather than a PC and as such, it has limitations. You can select from more than a dozen leagues, although only four countries can be "active" at the same time. The "non-active" leagues are very light on detail and you cannot manage in those leagues. So typically you may want to include England/Spain/Italy/German or similar (even Scotland if you are Scottish!).

The player database is smaller than the PC one (obviously) and it has the 2D match engine rather than the 3D one currently used in PC versions. Having said this, this is NOT the PC version. Think CM0304 era rather than FM2011.

Still, it has the fun factor of the earlier games which to me, went missing to some degree as the PC version went on in years. IT also features nice "unlockables" (like having your "son" join your team)

All in all, this is without doubt the best football management game on the PSP.


Timebomb
Timebomb
by Gerald Seymour
Edition: Mass Market Paperback

2.0 out of 5 stars Unfortunate, 8 Dec. 2010
This review is from: Timebomb (Mass Market Paperback)
Unfortunate describes this book. A pretty poor book from a great author. Seymour has written some fantastic books and really, it is a shame that this one gives such a poor impression of his ability.

Get another Seymour book.


All Night Long
All Night Long
Price: £10.45

5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars They rock again, 4 Aug. 2010
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This review is from: All Night Long (Audio CD)
After bursting into the scene with their self-titled debut album, Buckcherry had put out some great music and killer songs. Nothing really captured the magic and energy of their first album until.. well, we are still waiting.

Still, this is a good CD. Their last CD was more Aerosmithish than GnRish, but this CD turns back the clock a little. They still have the slow songs (which they admittedly do very well, in this case Bliss and I Want You), but the album does rock. The title track is absolutely typical Buckcherry from the opening bar. Hell if your foot isn't tapping or your head isn't nodding, check they are still attached. The song screams with the kind of drums and guitar work that the band have been capable of from the beginning. It's A Party is the cliched song that they always tend to include and it no better or worse than previous examples (Too Drunk to F&^k). In fact it is probably less cheesy. Liberty and Never Say Never are solid rock tracks, and Oh My Lord challenges you not to crank up the volume again. I can see this being a great song live. The album is finished off nicely with rockers Our World, Recovery, and These Things, which attempts to be emotional without going overboard. Throw in a stack of acoustic tracks and it is good value.

If you like Buckcherry, this is a great addition. If you are new to the band, this is still a good CD. Not as good as their first but a great example of a Buckcherry CD. I am sure it will be one of the more commonly played albums of this year on my MP3 player.


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