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Football Manager 2014 (PC DVD)
Football Manager 2014 (PC DVD)
Price: £9.99

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Streamlined version is TOP!, 6 Jan 2014
= Fun:4.0 out of 5 stars 
Having played Champ Man since mid-late nineties and then Football Man, I have been disappointed by the last few years' games, mainly due to the fact everything is so painstakingly slow. Particularly annoying are the pre-, half-time- and post-match talks which invariably are no more than a lottery as to which option works! Press conferences too are so dull, repetitive and go on for ages. I have been playing the FM14 demo streamlined version and have been pleasantly surprised in that it has the smart, simple feel of older, less painstakingly detailed versions yet has plenty of team and player tactical options (which as far as I can see so far are realistically played out in the match engine.) The only reason its not getting 5 stars is that defenders and goalies do make more mistakes than is realistic and player movemnents could be animated much better.


South Of Heaven
South Of Heaven
Offered by dsales13
Price: £16.18

5.0 out of 5 stars Pure Genius!!, 31 Mar 2010
This review is from: South Of Heaven (Audio CD)
I remember the 'hoo-haa' this album created among the die-hard death/thrash metallers when it was released in '88. It certainly represented a change of tack for Slayer's earlier brutal, break-neck-speed sound (most notably Tom Araya's more 'tuneful' vocals) and loads of my school mates considered it to be a huge let down. But, to me, this is equally as good as Regin In Blood. As previous reviewers have mentioned, there is a quite amazing 'evil' sound to these songs and the drumming from Lombardo is just magnificent! I don't think there are any weak songs on SOH, whereas on RIB "Necrophobic" and "Epidemic" are no more than album-fillers in my opinion. The title track followed by "Silent Scream" is top drawer, my favourite has got to be "Live Undead", there is an undescribeable atmosphere on this song and the last minute or so is full of energetic solos and wonderful drumming. Got to be a must-have for ANY record collection, not just a metaller's record collection!!!


Papillon
Papillon
by Henri Charrière
Edition: Paperback

30 of 34 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Hands down the best book I've read!, 9 Dec 2004
This review is from: Papillon (Paperback)
What an amazing book! No other book has captured my imagination as strongly as Papillon. It is a true account of a man sentenced to life imprisonment in the French penal colony of French Guiana and his many attempts to escape.
It is superbly paced and flows so well that it's almost impossible to find a point where it can be put down so you can get your breath back! Charriere manages to encompass just about every emotion and through all the adversity and suffering there is still plenty of room for some wicked slices of humour.
At a push, two slight criticisms: Throughout, he claims to be innocent of the crime that he was punished for (which I am a little dubious about after reading some of his exploits!); and I also felt he was a bit "over-modest" and too superhuman at times, but this does not taint the quality of the story at all...just minor niggles!
Also recommended is "Banco", the sequel to Papillon, in which Charriere describes his life on the straight and narrow....yeah,right.
Last point: Why on earth wasn't there a better film made? Steve McQueen and Dustin Hoffman are brilliant but the film was desperately disappointing. It would have been better to have made two or three 2-hour films (a la Kane and Abel) and done the book justice.


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