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The Resurrectionist
The Resurrectionist
by James Bradley
Edition: Paperback
Price: £6.39

3 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Artfully subtle and demanding the reader work a little, 12 Aug. 2008
This review is from: The Resurrectionist (Paperback)
I was a bit concerned upon reading other reviews of this novel that it would be a disappointment and some kind of stylish book with little substance. I was more than pleasantly surprised. I began reading this morning and was literally unable to stop. This novel is utterly gripping. True, there are not lengthy back stories for the many characters the narrator encounters in his fall from grace. However, I firmly believe that this was intentional upon the part of the author - it is skilfully written to include enough detail that the reader can fill in the gaps and imagine the lives of those people with far more colour and satisfaction than spoonfed descriptions would allow.
The action is not entirely linear in keeping with it being a narrative from a singular voice - and one that becomes an addict at that. Far from being a negative point, this makes it all the more interesting as again the reader has to put a little effort into keeping up with the quick pace of this flawed man's decline.
If you require a book to give you every last detail, deny you the right to join the author in invention and provide escapism without effort then 'The Resurrectionist' is not for you. However, if you enjoy something which gives you food for thought, demands complicity with the author to enter the depths he invites you to and allows something beyond the norm then this beautifully written book is a must. I cannot rate it highly enough. Along with 'The Book Thief', it is the best reading experience I have had this year.
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Wii Fit (Wii)
Wii Fit (Wii)
Offered by JSP online
Price: £53.98

12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Well worth getting - a total family hit, 9 Aug. 2008
= Fun:5.0 out of 5 stars 
This review is from: Wii Fit (Wii) (Video Game)
The Wii Fit is absolutely brilliant for the whole family - we actually cry with laughter at our efforts to perform the tasks it takes us through. Especially some of the hilarious balance games - notably the penguin slide which is a personal favourite of mine too for its glorious silliness!
Hula hoop competitions are a level playing field for us with even the youngest being able to 'win' for a change. A feature not often mentioned and that I am very pleased with is 'free step' in the aerobic section. You can set your Mii up to step for a defined amount of time of your choice and the rhythym is marked by means of sound from the Wiimote. You can then switch to a DVD or a TV channel and continue your stepping exercise to the sound of the beat for as long as you like. It does raise your heart rate, get you warm and allow you a gentle exercise session in your living room. No, not quite a full on gym experience but terrific for those wanting some gentle regular and non boring exercise.
Wish Nintendo would sort their distribution problems out as this crazy shortage seems contrived and desperately unfair - those profiteering should be ashamed. If you can get one without paying over the odds though, I heartily recommend it! 5 stars from the whole family (aged from 41 down to 3)!
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