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Alias 1-5 The Complete Set [DVD]
Alias 1-5 The Complete Set [DVD]
Dvd ~ Jennifer Garner
Price: £29.20

4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Fun , diverting television., 14 July 2011
A spy-based series whose twists and turns keep one always wondering what will happen next . The central character , played superbly by Jennifer Garner , dominates the series in a way that is rare , so it's just as well that viewers quickly develop great empathy for her . Her travails , of both a personal and action / adventure nature , make for entertaining and engrossing viewing . Things get a little crazy in the later seasons , as they tend to do in J.J. Abrahms shows , but they never get quite so absurd as the final season of " Felicity " ( thank god ) , nor so dull as most of " Lost " , so remain enjoyable throughout . Not great t.v. , but certainly good , and recommended on that basis .

Paying for it
Paying for it
by Chester Brown
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £13.59

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another triumph, 14 July 2011
This review is from: Paying for it (Hardcover)
Whilst using much the same writing and drawing style on all his works , Chester Brown has turned these tools to a wider variety of story types than most other creators , from surreal adventures to gospel adaptations , historical biographies , humour and satire , etc . Here he details his own experiences as a user of prostitutes over the past decade , showing us not only how the visits went but also his impressions of the trade itself . Additionally we see the reactions of his acquaintances , and their arguments defending their negative feelings about prostitution . Chester counters these both within the comic memoir itself and also in a lengthy series of prose appendices at the end of the book in which he puts forth his fascinating and insightful views on sexual need , romantic love , marriage , and other related topics , as well rationally deconstructing the legal and ethical flummery surrounding prostitution itself . Being a libertarian he favours the legalisation of any endeavour which harms no-one else , but being Chester Brown he goes further than this and actually argues for the ending of marriage as an institution , believing that love should not be a contractual obligation . This and other opinions he expresses may strike many as bizarre , but part of the appeal of this book is in following his thoughts through each layer of argument and seeing where one's own opinion diverges from his ( if it does ) : thus the reader becomes embroiled in the debate , and self-revelation naturally follows . I myself began the book with a fairly negative attitude towards prostitution and the customers who use it , but have been rethinking my stance in the light of Chester's memoirs and the opinions he elucidates . Few books , let alone comics , have ever given me so much food for thought . Yet even on a purely entertainment level this latest work of his is a wonderful thing , utterly compelling and engaging : on both occasions when I've read it I couldn't put it down , finishing the comic-memoir portion of it in a single sitting each time . Drawn and Quarterly are a class act whose comic " books " are always excellently designed and manufactured , and though I would have liked the pages to be a little larger Chester does have a very uncluttered approach to art , so the illustrations are not only well-presented but also quite lovely . The " Ed the Happy Clown " saga will probably always be my favourite work of Chesters , but this new volume comes a very close second . Awesome .

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