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Book Marketing is Dead: Book Promotion Secrets You MUST Know BEFORE You Publish Your Book.
Book Marketing is Dead: Book Promotion Secrets You MUST Know BEFORE You Publish Your Book.
Price: £0.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Worth a read if you are self-published, 17 Aug. 2015
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I have recently published my first book & so am looking for tips on how to create some momentum...the ideas here make sense & lean heavily on using social media to gain a volume of followers. Also how to advertise with focus rather than just throwing money at it, which has to be a good thing

I'm going to give the theories a try, fingers crossed they work...


Hello Dubai: Skiiing, Sand and Shopping in the World's Weirdest City
Hello Dubai: Skiiing, Sand and Shopping in the World's Weirdest City
by Joe Bennett
Edition: Paperback
Price: £7.99

4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Dubai: there's more to it than this book suggests, 22 Nov. 2011
I lived in Dubai for 2.5 years, and so was quite interested to read another outsider's view of the city. I was disappointed though in reading Joe Bennett's account, as it turned out that the whole book was based on not much more than one week's trip to the UAE. He only spent a few days in Dubai, before travelling out around the other Emirates, and does not make it to the capital Abu Dhabi at all.

Dubai tends to have a marmite effect on people - you either love it or you hate it. Bennett is quick to point out the many problems of the city, as have been many others - the autocracy of the ruling sheikhs, the exploitation of the sub-continental workers labouring on construction sites, the vacuousness of some expats lives, the bling of the shopping malls against the lack of true local culture - but does not seem to find anyone who actually likes living there. And having spent a longer time there myself, I can say that actually some people do, which is why they stay for years or even decades.

He writes well in terms of allowing you to imagine the scenes that he finds himself in, not least in stretching such a short trip into an average length book, and also in getting to meet a number of people from all walks of life who live in the UAE. However he still does not get under the skin of a place which, despite its comparative youth on the world stage, is a complex, and hence at least interesting, part of the world.


Greatest Hits
Greatest Hits

2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars There is better elsewhere, 12 Jun. 2007
This review is from: Greatest Hits (Audio CD)
Falco was not much heard of in the UK after Rock Me Amadeus, which is a shame because he went on to release at least another four studio albums before his untimely death, featuring some excellent pop songs amongst them.

This Greatest Hits is nothing of the sort, because it only focuses roughly on the first half of his career & none of his later, better albums. Jeanny is indeed a great song, but Jeanny part 2 is superior...and not here

I am not even sure there is a proper Greatest Hits out there, but most of the good stuff is on the Remix Hit Collection & I recommend you start there. Also check out the Wiener Blut and Emotional albums
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Love [Digipack With Bonus DVDA 5.1 Surround Sound]
Love [Digipack With Bonus DVDA 5.1 Surround Sound]
Price: £14.68

11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Visualise..., 7 Dec. 2006
Reworking Beatles songs is such a sensitive subject that I think the original rationale of this album has been forgotten here slightly...it was not designed to be an alternate greatest hits, but to be the soundtrack to a stage show.

And it adds something to the experience of listening to the CD if you've seen a Cirque Du Soleil show (I have, but not this one alas), and you can imagine the acrobats performing to these songs. By the nature of the songs, this is a great album, but I wonder just how much even more enhanced it would be in the context of the show.

When changing or re-cutting the songs, some mixes were always going to work more than others, but on the whole here, they work, and work very well. In fact, my only criticsm would to have been even more daring and mixed them up even more - it gives an added thrill to hear a classic song and then pick snatches out of others, as they all blend together into a meaningful whole.

This double pack comes with a 5.1 DVD for listening to the same tracks in surround on your DVD player...nice idea, and worth the extra money, but how about issuing a DVD of the show with surround sound instead? Now put that DVD alongside the soundtrack CD, and you've really got a special edition worth grabbing.


Rudebox
Rudebox
Offered by A ENTERTAINMENT
Price: £1.26

6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Change of direction, to say the least..., 30 Oct. 2006
This review is from: Rudebox (Audio CD)
Robbie Williams, it would seem, is not a patient man.

Only a year from the Intensive Care album, and halfway through a world tour, Robbie has not only turned up with a new album, with 17 tracks no less, but has also jettisoned his more typical fare for something very different. There are no 'xxxx track is the new Angels for this album' comments this time around.

But on reflection, this is not so much of a surprise. Robbie has never been one for brooding for five years over one album (George Michael we're looking at you...), and he quite publicly said he was bored of being a pop star as early as the Sing When You're Winning album. The result then was a diversion into swing & jazz standards - everyone loved that, so no-one got on his back; this time the results are more mixed, and everyone is up in arms.

But what sort of singer would you like him to be? The Mick Jagger / Rod Stewart type, that he'll still be singing Angels in 30 years time to middle-aged fans, without an decent record in decades? Surely the more interesting acts are those with a penchant for constant reinvention - Bowie, Madonna, Prince??

And those three names are chosen deliberately as all have an influence here. There is a track about Life on Mars; Madonna gets her own song; and somewhere out on the net there must be a mix of Rudebox alongside Prince's Housequake - Prince fans, tell me the chorus lines aren't the same.

So whilst this goes some way to justifying Robbie's new styles, it doesn't answer the fundamental question - is it any good?

Well yes and no.

Robbie's efforts to be a man-of-the-people rapper frankly don't work. He tries to throw in laughs in his nudge & a wink way, but comedy records have a short shelf-life and lose interest quickly; his scathing comments on Gary Barlow in 'The 90s' may pique interest the first listen, but it doesn't make a good song. And 'Dickhead'...oh dear. To get away with this type of record you need good lyrics - think the Streets, The Arctic Monkeys, Hard-Fi - acts who capture the mood of the people. Even if you've only heard Rudebox on this album you'll know that the words miss the mark more than they hit.

Where Robbie scores higher is when he lets his 80s influences run free. He had kept this under wraps before, apart from hints with 'Radio' on the Greatest Hits, but now he has the success to indulge himself, showing his roots by covering the Human League, Stephen Tin Tin Duffy, and duetting with the PSB. His version of Lovelight may or may not be as good as the the apparently ignored original, but it works; and even Rudebox gets in your head and refuses to leave after a few listens.

I have no idea where he'll go next after this, and probably neither does he. But then that might just be a good thing - and will help some teenager sitting at home with an eye on a career in music, to think 'when I'm world famous, I want Robbie to play on my album.'


Family Guy - Season 4 [DVD]
Family Guy - Season 4 [DVD]
Dvd ~ Family Guy
Offered by Special Interests
Price: £3.15

26 of 42 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Good, but..., 20 Mar. 2006
This review is from: Family Guy - Season 4 [DVD] (DVD)
I am a big Family Guy fan & snatched this off the shelf when it was released here recently. And yes it made me laugh many times, but I never felt that it matched up to the earlier series.
Stewie & Brian seem to be relegated from centre stage to getting solitary one-liners here and there; and rather than creating set pieces, there are far too many 'it was just like that time that....' type scenes.
There are naturally still some moments of genius - Chris' appearance in a legendary 80s video, and also in a later episode singing an 80s classic, are both standout moments - but there just aren't as many as there used to be
I recommend it to long-time fans, but if you've not been converted before, this isn't the one for you


The Simpsons- Season 6 (Limited Edition Homer Boxset) [DVD]
The Simpsons- Season 6 (Limited Edition Homer Boxset) [DVD]
Dvd ~ The Simpsons

5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Still at the top of their game, 13 Aug. 2005
I have religiously bought all of the Simpsons box sets as they come out, but when I picked up series 5, it didn't quite generate the same excitement as the earlier ones. Maybe it was that the episodes were over-familiar, and there was still plenty of quality, but it didn't quite reach the earlier heights.
However I have no such qualms with series 6, which has a number of classic episodes & moments. I'll leave it to other reviewers to list each episode, but for Simpsons fans, here are some of the moments to remember:
'I bent my wookie'
'When you get to Hell, tell 'em Itchy sent you'
'There's only one thing to do at a time like this: Strut'
'Mmmm, gummi Venus de Milo'
'where are my pants?' 'You threw them out of the window in a fit of passion, saying you would never need them again'
The whole cast of Cheers turns up
Smithers: 'I love you Mr Burns'
'that's not a knife, this is a knife''that's not a knife, that's a spoon!' ' Ah I can see you've played knifey - spoony before'
Actually, pretty much anything in the Australia episode
Football in the groin
'Like my loafers, former gophers, it was either that or skin my chauffers'
'Well I couldn't possibly solve this crime. Can you...??'
Classic stuff


Harry Potter and the Half-blood Prince
Harry Potter and the Half-blood Prince
by J.K. Rowling
Edition: Hardcover

3 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Yes Harry's back, but..., 27 July 2005
HP & the Half-Blood Prince as I'm sure you all know represents book 6 in the seven book series.
The first three books were all short (sub 300 pages or thereabouts) and were genuinely thrilling; even then JK Rowling sensibly decided that the formula needed tweaking to keep things fresh, and wrote the somewhat weightier Goblet of Fire, changing the books' structure as she went.
It was around this time that the Potter phenomenon truly went stratospheric around the world, and also I feel that after this time the books started to slide. Rowling seems to have fallen into the trap of hyper success, like George Lucas after Star Wars and the Wachowski brothers after the Matrix before her; when you are so so successful, and have so many fans, the writer can claim 'the story, the story, I want to tell the story', even if it means completely ignoring the rules of story telling that brought them such success in the first place. Attack of the Clones v A New Hope? Matrix Revolutions v the Matrix? No comparison. And now the Half-Blood Prince arrives...
...and it arrives at 600 pages plus. Which is a bit of a problem, because not much happens for about the first 400. We all know the structure - each book spans a year at Hogwarts - but in the past there has been an undercurrent to keep the tension running - someone is trying to kill Harry; Sirius Black is on the loose; the Tri-Wizard competition. This time...well Harry's concerned about what Draco's up to. Ok then.
In this second half of the series, the actually wizardry & magic has become so familiar to us all that it doesn't have the power to delight the way it once did; hence now Rowling concentrates much more on her characters, justifying the exposition. Here again though things do not reach previous highs; the nuances of the Harry / Cho romance in Book 5 seem lost here, as all of the on-off romances that take place (of which there are quite a few) seem rushed, as they happen instantaneously. The desire to speed through, to see what is going to happen to our favourite characters, doesn't grip.
However, just when all is looking lost, Rowling pulls everything back together with a thrilling two-part climax. The first part is very visual, and nervy - how it's in a kids book is beyond me, let alone what they'll do with the film - and then is followed up with a battle with a shocking ending. Finally the pages start turning quicker and the pulse starts racing.
The scene is then set for Book 7, with the mould broken again - this one will not follow the previous patterns, and, in all expectation, I'm sure it will be fantastic. But the Half Blood Prince just seems a means to get to that end, without being a fun journey on its own. It's all a way of getting the story across, so that we can have a grand finale.
This book gets you back reacquainted with you favourite characters again, and I'll be there banging on the door first day for book 7; but HP & the Half Blood Prince is the weakest in the series so far.


Angels And Demons
Angels And Demons
by Dan Brown
Edition: Paperback

3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Better than the Da Vinci Code, 27 July 2005
This review is from: Angels And Demons (Paperback)
I, like many people I suppose, came to this book only on the back of the success of the Da Vinci Code. I wasn't a huge fan of the DVC, and feared the worst when this opened up in pretty much the same way - a note from the author saying that all of the cults, locations, and practices named in the book were factual; then a murder; then hero Robert Langdon wakes up in the middle of the night to be called to decipher some centuries old symbols that have appeared at the murder scene.
And yes the general plot of the book does follow the same path - attractive but hugely intelligent European female sidekick - check! Centuries-old cult with a grudge against the Catholic church - check! Ancient clues that have never been solved, but now need to be unravelled in just the next few hours to save the day - check!
But before deja vu sets in too much, the suspension of disbelief needed to enjoy this book compared to the DVC is somewhat less. Whereas that book took instantly knowledgeable icons, e.g. the Mona Lisa, the Last Supper, and tried to convince us that there was something else in them that no-one had ever seen before, here the clues are more subtle - individual statues & motifs amongst the millions that exist in Rome. It still doesn't mean it's true, but somehow here it doesn't feel so unlikely that these could actually point to something.
Plus also the ending, whilst at one point threatening to go off into truly bonkers territory, just about pulls it all back together at the last minute, into a resolution that approximates some sense given what has transpired before.
So yes it's still a trashy thriller hiding behind the veneer of an intellectual drama (science v religion? The discussion...), but if you're going to sit on a beach this summer & want to pick up a book to read, this will do the job.


The Simpsons - Season 5 [DVD] [1990]
The Simpsons - Season 5 [DVD] [1990]
Dvd ~ Dan Castellaneta
Price: £10.00

16 of 28 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another set of great episodes, 16 Feb. 2005
Thankfully the gap between issuing the new DVDs is getting shorter - the region 1 disc was out before Christmas even.
Even if Series 5 maybe doesn't have quite the same level of consistency as series 3 or 4, there are still many many classic moments...
- Sideshow Bob & the rakes
- Mmmmm, floor pie...
- Oh Margie, you came and you found me a turkey, on my vacation from work-ie...
- James Woods' swearing
- Watch out, they're ruffled!
- Homer's T2 take-off
- The missile into the Kwik-e-Mart's new gas station
Buy it and watch over and over again...


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