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1941: World War Strategy
1941: World War Strategy
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1.0 out of 5 stars no idea whats going on, 26 Oct. 2014
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At the risk of sounding stupid I couldn't make this out at all and deleted it within an hour, I am well used to this kind of game on pc but this takes the biscuit. Maybe the kindle fire is too small a screen but while axis v allies was a favourite game of mine years ago the only Victor here was confusion.


Five Chimneys: A Woman Survivor's True Story of Auschwitz
Five Chimneys: A Woman Survivor's True Story of Auschwitz
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3.0 out of 5 stars I understand the authors right to be emotional but......, 12 Sept. 2014
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While I see the importance of these books to keep history alive I also believe that absolute accuracy is paramount, everywhere these days there are denials of the holocaust as it is reported, these people are always on the lookout for inconsistencies, it's important not to give them any to lend weight to their argument.
I believe Olgas tale without reservation but in some instances she appears to go for what is really hearsay instead of the truth, I will cite one example: she states that the "Blonde Angel" also called the "blonde Bitch of Belsen" or "the Hyena of Auschwitz" Irma Grese had to be dragged to the gallows, however both the british officer commanding the executions and Albert Pierrepoint the hangman have written separately that Grese walked to the trap laughing and told them to Schnell, she even joked with them about asking her her age. This in itself is a small matter but it reveals that the author does stray from the facts to either wishful thinking on Greses reaction or to a trust in a story she has been told. The facts as they happened could easily have been checked and I think it leaves room for suspicion that if one fact is so obviously incorrect or sensationalist then what else is.
I know it's probably not allowed to criticise these type of memoirs but like it or not there were many testimonys at the Nurnberg trials that were understandably confused where guards and events were mixed up, some testimonys were deemed by the court to be openly malicious or false.
I like Primo Levis books better I have to say, and often find also that books written by non-inmates but based on research and interviews with them are often less emotional and more revealing. I fully understand this authors right to be emotional and passionate on the events that she suffered through though, and I hope that instead of rebuffing any criticism people understand that only through discussion can the memory of these terrible events be preserved.


The Stone Tape [DVD] [1972]
The Stone Tape [DVD] [1972]
Dvd ~ Michael Bryant|Jane Asher|Iain Cuthbertson

7 of 15 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Shouty Arm waving Hysterical actors., 23 July 2014
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I'm afraid this hit the bin after three quarters way through. Look saying acting is of it's time is incorrect as a justification for this. The seventies was a golden age for actors, just look at The Innocents a great ghost story maybe he best film of it's kind, made in the mid sixties with great quit performances even from the kids. I haven't seen so much shouting and arm waving outside of a school play. Also there is no attempt to cover up the obvious studio floors, surely they could of stretched to a rug.
I notice many reviewers defend the faults of this mess by stating it's age but even back then this was amateurish. In the sleeve notes it says the performances border on the hysterical as if this was a benefit. Unfortunately they are hysterical before they find anything odd. I felt sorry for Jane Asher who just looked embarrassed throughout but was clearly doing her best.


In the Belly of the Bloodhound: Being an Account of a Particularly Peculiar Adventure in the Life of Jacky Faber (Bloody Jack Adventures)
In the Belly of the Bloodhound: Being an Account of a Particularly Peculiar Adventure in the Life of Jacky Faber (Bloody Jack Adventures)
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5.0 out of 5 stars A great mixture of genres, 3 Jun. 2014
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This fourth book in the bloody jack series is the best of the lot in my opinion. It is a fabulous mixture of genres, a pirate story full of nautical derring-do plus a prison story in the style of the great escape and such. The characters as usual in these books are very well drawn and tke some unusual turns here. I would say the target audience for these books is somewhat younger than me (30s) but any fan of Hornblower or even P O Brien will find something to like here in this cunning warm-hearted heroine.


The Wake of the Lorelei Lee: Being an Account of the Further Adventures of Jacky Faber, on Her Way to Botany Bay (Bloody Jack Adventures)
The Wake of the Lorelei Lee: Being an Account of the Further Adventures of Jacky Faber, on Her Way to Botany Bay (Bloody Jack Adventures)
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2.0 out of 5 stars pity as I am a fan of the series, 22 April 2014
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I'm sorry to say that the writers fantasies have gone too far in this one for me, the story itself was fairly repetitive but that's not the problem really. I am not against the fact that the protagonist J Faber seems obsessed with sex she is a teenager after all. But this character had real depth in the beginning and that has gone, there isn't a man under 50 in these books that she doesn't fancy, her feelings seem to be completely driven by physicality, despite her huge wealth of worldly experience as long as a character is handsome she'll do whatever they want (except full sex) apparently despite her lusty ways full normal relations are the greatest sin for this writer and her virginity must be regularly reported as intact.
Even all this didn't really bother me but in this book she offers her services to Higgins despite the fact that he is gay (I have heard of things I can do for you) she says. I always felt the relationship with him was almost father daughter but this seems to be the only way that Jacky can show affection now. Finally there is the predictable Lesbian escapades with the Chinese pirate complete with spanking.
The sex isn't an issue for me so much as the continuing descent of the character into a shallow cliché. I agree with many other reviewers on amazon.com that its time to jettison Jaimy and find Jacky a partner with a personality who actually understands her. I hope the series improves I would recommend Belly of the Bloodhound, Mississippi Jack and the first two books all are fantastic.


Rapture of the Deep: Being an Account of the Further Adventures of Jacky Faber, Soldier, Sailor, Mermaid, Spy (Bloody Jack Adventures)
Rapture of the Deep: Being an Account of the Further Adventures of Jacky Faber, Soldier, Sailor, Mermaid, Spy (Bloody Jack Adventures)
by L. A. Meyer
Edition: Audio CD
Price: £23.10

3.0 out of 5 stars Oh Dear., 18 April 2014
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As a huge fan of the series (the audio performances being the best ive heard) I fell into it by accident, im not the target audience i'd say but loving the Hornblower and other 19th century navel books I gave it a try and was glad I did.
However Jackys free nature here is a bit too much, It's so boring that every man she meets is immediately desireable and she is willing to turn caution to the wind with all of them, also her former confidence is turning into something worse I think, Jackys biggest fan becoming Jacky herself. I agree with some other reviewers that the animal cruelty in this book is totally against the character (She herself complains about such cruelty a few pages before joyfully jumping into some cock fighting activities).
I also found the fact that the slave she freed was told she would have to buy back her freedom a week at a time, why?
A slip up of an entry in this wonderful series. Who cares about Jaimy anymore, a wooden character if ever there was one. I hope the author goes back to the Jacky of old.


Curse of the Blue Tattoo: Being an Account of the Misadventures of Jacky Faber, Midshipman and Fine Lady (Bloody Jack Adventures)
Curse of the Blue Tattoo: Being an Account of the Misadventures of Jacky Faber, Midshipman and Fine Lady (Bloody Jack Adventures)
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5.0 out of 5 stars one of the best, 8 April 2014
one of the best entrys in a fabulous series. anyone any age would enjoy these books they have a bit of everything. these characters are so well rounded and real yet thrust into bizarre and often hilarious situations.


Mary Poppins
Mary Poppins
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2.0 out of 5 stars not impressed, 1 Feb. 2014
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not a bad cd but performances lack the charm of the soundtrack and Julie Andrews voice is far clearer than this


Broadchurch [DVD]
Broadchurch [DVD]
Dvd ~ Olivia Colman
Price: £9.00

3 of 6 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars not sure why its so popular, 1 Feb. 2014
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This review is from: Broadchurch [DVD] (DVD)
I suspect a lot of doctor who fans love this as several of that shows characters get to do real acting, Ifound however that while it looked great it meandered all over bringing up red herrings at every turn, very predictable, the creepy old man, the dodgy priest the nosy journalist, the troubled detective. also there is a focus on underage sex in general, the old chap with a fifteen year old the daughter having sex at fifteen, and even the killer is not accused of actual sexual abuse maybe the reality of such crimes was too much for the writers to address, in the end it was all wrapped up with too easily like they ran out of time and the ending was a bit twee for me.


Picnic At Hanging Rock - The Director's Cut [Blu-ray] [1975]
Picnic At Hanging Rock - The Director's Cut [Blu-ray] [1975]
Dvd ~ Peter Weir
Price: £8.50

6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars The Directors Cut (to bits)., 22 Jan. 2014
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I always loved the film Picnic at Hanging Rock, but Peter Weir seems to be spending time with George Lucas and changing and cutting his films, all this does is shorten it and lessen the impact of the girls loss as well as sidelining more of the other characters, the ending now feels rushed as if they have lost confidence in the audience (maybe he shortened it for the short attention span brigade). Before they ruin the things people love these directors should at least consider releaseing both versions in hi-def so we could at least choose. As I say I love picnic at Hanging rock but this isn't it. Still gets two stars for the beginning though.


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