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Time For Bed
Time For Bed
by David Baddiel
Edition: Paperback

3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A great surprise, 30 Nov 2006
This review is from: Time For Bed (Paperback)
I hadn't really thought of reading a book by someone who is in essence a TV star but I was bought this for Christmas a few years back and thoroughly enjoyed it. It has some very dark humour and is one of the few books to make me laugh out loud. Okay, it's perhaps not a highbrow classic but who says literature has to be? Take it for what it is:- an intelligent, damnably funny and well written yarn which is certain to appeal to all readers.

The Secret History
The Secret History
by Donna Tartt
Edition: Paperback
Price: 6.29

6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome, 30 Nov 2006
This review is from: The Secret History (Paperback)
If you want intrigue, if you like the author appearing to take you in a certain direction but then revealling that you are actually somewhere totally different and if you like stories that not only captivate but which are also well written then this book really hits the spot. Seeming at first like a fairly formulaic and somewhat straightforward book, it hits you in the second half with a story of mystery and a fantastic look at human motivations and self-destruction. Coupled with this, it must be one of the only modern examples of literature which can make ancient greek seem so appealing.

Fantastically written and very thought provoking with some of the best characterisations I have ever read. Buy this, at whatever price it's a snip-you won't be disappointed.

To Kill A Mockingbird
To Kill A Mockingbird
by Harper Lee
Edition: Mass Market Paperback
Price: 4.89

4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Truly amazing, 28 Nov 2006
In the past days of racial disharmony, thank God for Atticus Finch-a pity he's only fictional. This is an all time classic, a truly amazing book. The characters are believeable and touching. How I would love to spend a summer with Jem and Scout as a child joining in their games in the dusty street and in the yard as they grow up learning about the world they inhabit and just what a remarkable Father they have. To have had a childhood like that would be to have been blessed indeed. The book is so well written you become fully engrossed in the narrative and in the beauty of the vocabulary and whilst you read, you subtly become aware of the juxtaposition of such childhood innocence nestled in the prejudiced evil shown by some of the characters. This book is a must read for all-students who study this at school are so much luckier than those who don't. Just as it's a sin to kill a mockingbird, so it is to miss this book!

Mission Impossible [1996] [DVD]
Mission Impossible [1996] [DVD]
Dvd ~ Tom Cruise
Offered by themediamerchants
Price: 1.96

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Superlative spy thriller., 28 Nov 2006
Fabulous cast, especailly strong support from Henry Czerny, Jean Reno and Jon Voight, and a great plot which alas was too complex for some but which weaves a web of deceit and intrigue as it unravels. The film redefined the spy genre after Bond's stale spell in the 80s and laid the foundation for future spy thrillers like the Jason Bourne films. Tom Cruise has a few detractors but in this film, he delivers the goods in abundance. An all round good film, a compelling post cold war spy thriller which one of the best films of this genre of any film of the mid 90s.

Penguins Stopped Play: Eleven Village Cricketers Take on the World
Penguins Stopped Play: Eleven Village Cricketers Take on the World
by Harry Thompson
Edition: Hardcover

62 of 64 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A hilarious read, 22 Nov 2006
This is a great book. From start to finish it holds the reader's thrall. It is well written and engaging whether you like the game of cricket or not, it is a funny account of the experiences of a less than professional cricket XI as they attempt to play the game on evry continent in the world over a limited time. It is worth mentioning however that although it offers much to the general reader, the most satisfaction and enjoyment will be had by those with an appreciation and an understanding of the little nuances, subtleties and terms inherent in the game of cricket, after all "tickling it down to fine leg" and "firing it in just short of a length" is not in everyone's natural parlance!

The Mosquito Coast [DVD] [1986]
The Mosquito Coast [DVD] [1986]
Dvd ~ Andre Gregory
Price: 14.99

19 of 20 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A little gem of a movie, 21 Nov 2006
I read recently that this is Harrison Ford's favourite movies out of those he has made. It's not difficult to see why. It is certainly a departure for him. Although he is the leading charcater in it he is far from his heroic self. In the film he is a "serious" character whose manic obsession with creating his perfect world endangers both himself and more importantly his young family. In a classic "over-reacher" narrative, Allie Fox (Ford) pushes beyond the accepted level for a married man whose priorities ought to be his family. The results are predictably disastrous. At once, Fox is both hero and villain, funny and scary, likeable and loathable, driven and yet misguided. I also read that the film was first offered to Jack Nicholson who declined yet he would have been absoluteley perfect for the role since Fox might have been the sibling of MacMurphy in Cuckoo's Nest or Jack Torrance in The Shning. Yet Ford is perfect too and although he is avery different actor to Nicholson the fact that he pulls it off shows what depth he is capable of as an actor-a pity then that we have seen this depth in Ford's films far too seldom.

I decline from awarding the DVD of this film a full 5 marks due to the lack of extras-a documentary and an interview or two would have made the purchase of this DVD essential for all serious film fans.

It's a Wonderful Life [1946] [DVD]
It's a Wonderful Life [1946] [DVD]
Dvd ~ James Stewart
Offered by TwoRedSevens
Price: 10.99

21 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of only a handful of truly brilliant films., 20 Nov 2006
This is an outstanding film, little wonder then that it features so highly in most Top 100 listings. I have given it five stars but it deserves twice that. Without doubt one of the most satisfying film experiences you will ever have. Made partially to try to lift spirits in America after WW2, the film remains the ultimate feelgood movie but what is most interesting for me is the performance from James Stewart who shows us just what a talented actor he was. His jovial charm is there for the first 3/4 of the film as it is in so many of his films but he gives us a rare glimpse of his troubled self in the scene when he realises that Clarence has indeed wiped his existence away. The close up of his troubled face as realisation dawns is breathtaking, this guy could really act how he felt. This is such a dark moment in the film that it scarcely belongs in such an uplifting film but it does and the juxtaposition is perfect.

Whatever else you do in your lifetime, watch this movie at least once. You won't regret it.

Offered by jim-exselecky
Price: 14.99

6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars What Immortal Hand Or Eye Indeed...., 20 Nov 2006
This review is from: Tyger (Audio CD)
This is a classic album, and what an idea-putting the words of Blake to music. The album oozes charisma and mystique. The eloquent words and the emotive music work in such harmony that it hard to belive that the words weren't written for the music. Just close your eyes whilst listening to "London" and imagine walking down the misty Victorian London streets on a damp autumnal evening-it comes as quite a shock as you open them to discover you aren't really there!

The instrumental "Alchemy of the Heart" simply makes the hair on my neck stand up-it's breathtaking complexity at the beginning and simplicity at the end both confuse and satisfy the listener. This piece could be a theme of doom and dispair and of victory and hope in equal measure.

The title track is the weakest as it is a bit repetitive but the words of Blake's immortal poem far outweigh the musical shortfall so don't let this put you off.

The Joshua Tree
The Joshua Tree
Offered by Leisurezone
Price: 10.99

6 of 29 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars No great shakes here., 20 Nov 2006
This review is from: The Joshua Tree (Audio CD)
Am I the only one who can see through the surface of this album? This offering from "Bongo", "The Hedge" and the other two who quite sensibly deemed it unecessary to adopt daft aliases is ok but I am not convinced it deserves the accolades dished out to it. With this album ,U2 transformed fully from a highly original new wave outfit singing masterpieces like "Gloria" "I Will Follow", "New Year's Day" and the simply outstanding "Two Hearts Beat As One" into a pithy pop act for whom image beacame far more important than content. This downward slide began with "The (forgettable) Unforgettable Fire" and reached its fulfilment with this album. The band struggled to break the cycle of mediocrity they had found themselves in with their later albums (something about a lemon, a zoo in Europa and a German speaking baby!) However, things started to look up slightly with the recent "Vertigo" which was another great three minute guitar riff based anthem like their earlier stuff. I think bands can outlive their usefulness-the best bands glow very brightly for a short time The Jam, The Smiths, The Clash, The Police are but a few who remain classics because they are not now donning daft glasses, obscure cowboy hats and trying to convinve us that they are still 20 but naturally slipped away in the fulness of time:-as U2 should have done after "War"
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Power In The Darkness
Power In The Darkness
Price: 9.99

6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Powerful stuff. A hidden gem, 20 Nov 2006
This review is from: Power In The Darkness (Audio CD)
This is a great album. On a superficial level it has three minute guitar driven power anthems to rival those of The Clash, The Jam and such like. Up Against The Wall kicks the album off with a high octane shock to the unwary listener and the pace never really lets up. Even the slower Too Good To Be True provides a temporary hiatus from the high voltage sound. However, it is upon deeper listening and contemplatiuon of the courageous lyrics that one realises what a classic this album is. The post apocalyptic depression of You Gotta Survive and the fantastic Winter of 79 in which bleak, urban and gritty lyrics are juxtaposed with an upbeat "jolly" tune are two highlights for me. This album stands the test of time extremly well and represents a valid contribution to the post-punk/new wave catalogue made by five supremely talented musicians (just check out the guitar solos!!!)

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