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Best of Lonely Planet Travel Writing (Lonely Planet Travel Literature)
Best of Lonely Planet Travel Writing (Lonely Planet Travel Literature)
by Winchester
Edition: Paperback

3.0 out of 5 stars Through the keyhole..., 20 Feb. 2010
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What this book offers is a glimpse into the world of travelling. This is not a book filled with stories of young sun-seekers looking for some beach to settle on to work on their tan, but people who want to really experience what a country has to offer. Each story is like peering through the keyhole at the experience and it completely filled me with wonder. The only down side I found was that each story was so short that it seemed to take only five minutes to read them, I was disappointed that none of them went into any greater detail than to just provide a taste of their journey.


Soup for All Occasions (New Covent Garden Soup Company)
Soup for All Occasions (New Covent Garden Soup Company)
by New Covent Garden Soup Company
Edition: Hardcover

1 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Soup as a main meal? Of course it can be..., 5 Jan. 2010
This book is a real treasure chest full of wonderful soup recipes that can be made very easily and tend not to take more than around thirty minutes to get together. Often soup has its place with your sandwiches for a lunch, however this book is filled with substantial recipes that have done wonderfully on many occasions for a main meal at the end of the day with a piece of crusty bread.

There is often a myth that cooking soup is meant to be tricky and something you generally only do to use up leftovers. This book does extremely well to shatter that illusion by grouping together soups that can be used in a variety of situations, from rather easy and everyday soups to things that you would serve as part of a dinner party. Whilst I often find it a shame when cook books lack any pictures of the finished products, in this case the directions were very easy to follow and have produced many wonderful meals.

At a time when people are trying to budget down and spend less on their food, this book is excellent. In the majority of cases the meals involve a lot of vegetables and store-cupboard ingredients which are cheap and easy to store. If you are looking to cut back on your food bills and eat better then this book is an excellent resource to turn to.


The Lord of the Rings
The Lord of the Rings
by J. R. R. Tolkien
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £22.75

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Certainly a collectors item, 12 Dec. 2009
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This review is from: The Lord of the Rings (Hardcover)
I could write about the story of Lord of the Rings, though there seems to be little point. There are many other versions out there that are much cheaper than this, as such if you have come this far you either already know the story well or are looking to get an item of outstanding quality. This version is a collectors item, the sheer beauty of the book stunned me when I received it. The book itself is hard-backed with a red covering, though it has a black sleeve that had embossed onto the cover gold writing and images. The book itself is littered with small points where sections fold out to reveal maps or pictures that add great weight to the story. If you are looking to buy something for somebody who is already a big fan, or somebody who is looking for something of high quality then you need not look any further. The only way that this book could be any better is if it was signed by the author.


Sonic Mega Collection (PC DVD)
Sonic Mega Collection (PC DVD)

3 of 6 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Did not work, 28 Nov. 2009
= Fun:1.0 out of 5 stars 
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This game would not work on a home-built PC as well as a brand new PC from Dell. The problem was identical on each computer and I was completely unable to resolve the issue. I contacted the manufacturer who offered some limited assistance before giving up. I was thoroughly dissapointed and instead purchased the version for the PS2 which works wonderfully. Be very careful when buying this as it seems that it is very difficult to operate with high-spec machines.


Sonic Mega Collection (PS2)
Sonic Mega Collection (PS2)

4.0 out of 5 stars Retro platform gaming at it's best, 28 Nov. 2009
= Fun:4.0 out of 5 stars 
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I have been going through a bit of a nostalgia trip recently and remembering the games of my youth is perhaps one of the most fun things to do. I have tried the PC version of this game which did not work, however this version runs brilliantly on the PS2. The three most obvious games anyone will be going for is Sonic The Hedgehog, Sonic The Hedgehog 2, Sonic the Hedgehog 3 and Sonic and Knuckles. A fabulous addition is the ability to save the level that you have reached which was something that previously couldn't be done on the Megadrive version.

However, I was dissapointed that a certain version of Sonic and Knuckles wasn't included. There did used to be the option to play an extended version of Sonic The Hedgehog 3 when you combined Sonic & Knuckles with Sonic the Hedgehog 3, which also included the option to play the levels as Knuckles. It is a pity this was not included and is my single reason for not giving the game a full five stars. Otherwise though, fabulous gaming.
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Rupture
Rupture
by Simon Lelic
Edition: Hardcover

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars How far can you go before you snap?, 24 Nov. 2009
This review is from: Rupture (Hardcover)
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I have never before now read any crime novel of any description, as such I cannot comment on this book in its position to the genre but purely upon how I think that it read. Rupture is a very well written suspense filled novel charting the investigation of the young detective Lucia. The book opens with her surveying the scene of a crime where a teacher one day walked into a school assembly and killed several students and one teacher before turning the gun on himself. Though rather than accept that this teacher simply snapped one day she begins to look into what circumstances led a quiet and polite man to such an act of violence. What gives the novel real depth is that Lucile slowly pulls apart the mystery surrounding the murder and in fact begins to really empathise with murderer and even respect their motivations.

Though well written the book does come up wanting in a few areas. I found that the descriptions were very sparse at certain points, it describes at great length just how hot the weather was in London but says very little about the protagonist. I always like to form a picture in my head of what the characters look like, which in this book was very difficult. Somehow as well I think that the booked lacked the closure that it was building up to and for that reason I felt rather disappointed.

Otherwise though this is a great piece of fiction. I am normally a very slow reader however I have stormed through this book in a matter of days. It is a page turner to say the least and as well as that many of the issues the book deals with really do get under your skin.


Breath
Breath
by Tim Winton
Edition: Paperback
Price: £8.99

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The memories of youth..., 16 Nov. 2009
This review is from: Breath (Paperback)
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The surfing aside, Breath is at its heart a coming-of-age story. I honestly would not know how to approach a surfing novel as I know nothing about the sport and I expect much of it would be lost on me. Though this book uses surfing as a backdrop to a far greater idea which is the journey from boy to man. The protagonist is Pike who at the beginning of the novel is a middle-aged paramedic who arrives at the scene of an apparent suicide. What he sees triggers a recollection of his adolescence in Australia of the 60s and 70s where he makes the rocky transition into adulthood.

Breath details very casually as though relayed by journal the life Pike lead and how everything that happened to him then set a standard against which he would forever compare exhilaration and excitement. Breath talks of a relatively short period in Pike's life, between the age of ten and fifteen and speaks how these formative years moulded him into the man you see at the beginning and end of the novel.

I really loved this book. It is a short read as I have read it from start to finish in a week (which by my standards is a New York minute) though perhaps it is because I have raced through it. The storytelling is rapid and furious as though to mirror how fast life can happen, Breath paints a vivid picture over how a few special moments in your youth are etched forever into your memory. Wonderful.
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Sennheiser HD 228 Closed back On ear Stereo Headphones - Black
Sennheiser HD 228 Closed back On ear Stereo Headphones - Black

5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Comfortable and great sound, 4 Nov. 2009
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My real vice with headphones is that it is very difficult to find a decent set that won't end up hurting your ears after a length of time without paying some ridiculous price for them. These are an absolute bargain in that respect as they are inexpensive and are very comfortable to wear. The padding sits just over your ears without covering them, the headband itself is padded to make wearing them for a length of time even more comfortable. I haven't even gotten to the sound quality which is pretty good, sounds come out clearly without distortion and bass lines play well. My only problem with these headphones is that there is no carry-case to put them in which means that they could easily be damaged if placed towards the bottom of a bag. Otherwise a great set.


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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Funky but a bit loose, 4 Nov. 2009
I must confess that these are a very handsome set of boots, they are also very sturdy and keep your feet very warm and very dry. The grip is excellent (as one should expect from Caterpillar) and does not fail in wet weather. These boots do however make a rather loose fit around your feet, though there are buckles they do seem to be present only for aesthetics as they don't really do anything to increase the tightness around your foot. To put it in basic terms, a good hard kick into the air would probably send the boot flying across a room! They do certainly seem to be more for casual use rather than for serious walking, though whilst used casually they are a pleasure. If you're doing a lot of walking you'd be better getting something with laces.


Outlander [DVD] [2009]
Outlander [DVD] [2009]
Dvd ~ James Caviezel
Offered by DVDBayFBA
Price: £4.41

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A fair film, though not the gem you might expect..., 4 Sept. 2009
This review is from: Outlander [DVD] [2009] (DVD)
As a newly released film to DVD Outlander has received a great deal of hype, thanks to what has been a very well thought out advertising campaign the film snared my attention and I was very keen to see what it was all about. When you peel back the layer of hype and overtly positive reviews what you have is a quite average science fiction film. Indeed there is a twist on convention, insofar as the usual man -vs- space monster has been taken back in time to Earth in the days of the Vikings. This I did think was a clever idea and what makes the film delightfully different. Though after that it is all pretty ordinary and not very much to knock you off your seat as some reviews might have you believe. It is enjoyable enough and I am pleased to have bought it, just like Pitch Black a few years ago it has missed a wide cinema release, through from time to time watching it you can understand why. Though if you are interested by the idea of Vikings fighting off a monster from outer space (who wouldn't be?!) then do give it a try!
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