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by James Palumbo
Edition: Paperback
Price: 10.00

5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars It's not big and it's not clever., 13 Aug 2010
This review is from: Tomas (Paperback)
Overhyped, hypocrytical, ill-conceived, poorly written, almost plotless and with characters that lack even two dimensions. The author comes across as an overprivileged loudmouthed trying too hard to be clever, which if you read his biography, you find out that's exactly what he is. I wouldn't even buy it if you were short on toilet roll - it's printed on shiny paper.

I cannot believe that Stephen Fry recommends this book. If you (like me) enjoy reading counter-culture novels, then buy a different one - there are plenty of excellent books out there. If you like penis jokes, the "Viz" books and annuals contain many of those and they're far funnier than the ones in this novel. If only Amazon had a "readers who hated this actually liked..." recommendation engine. Since it doesn't, please instead of this drivel buy one or more of the following:
The Illuminatus!: Trilogy
Fight Club
Nineteen Eighty-four
Slaughterhouse 5, or The Children's Crusade - A Duty-dance with Death
Naked Lunch: The Restored Text
American Psycho
One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest (Penguin Modern Classics)
Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas - Harper Perennial Modern Classics
Viz: The Council Gritter (Annual)
Rogers Profanisaurus: The Magna Farta (Viz Rogers Profanisaurus)
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Use Of Weapons (The Culture)
Use Of Weapons (The Culture)
by Iain M. Banks
Edition: Paperback
Price: 6.29

44 of 46 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Not for the hard of thinking, 17 Sep 2007
Dark, complex, full of twists, featuring unlikeable characters in almost unremittingly bleak circumstances. Great.

Do you like heroes? Plots where good and evil are easily distinguished? Straightforward, linear narratives? That's not here.

The book is like Marmite - there are those that loved it and those that hated it. The reviews from those that hated it make the same complains - basically the reasons I list for it being a great book in the first sentence.

If that sounds like your cup of tea, buy the book, it is the best of its kind. If it's not your thing, don't buy it, it's the worst of its kind.

Personally I think it's Banks' best.

Family Guy - Season 5 [DVD]
Family Guy - Season 5 [DVD]
Dvd ~ Seth MacFarlane
Offered by Quality Media Supplies Ltd.
Price: 10.01

4 of 7 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not the best Family Guy despite some great individual episodes, 31 July 2007
This review is from: Family Guy - Season 5 [DVD] (DVD)
Despite being a massive Family Guy fan, I was a little disappointed in this box set. Season 5 is probably the weakest, although it's not without its moments. The first episode, PTV, is a Family Guy classic and the episodes featuring more of Mayor West (Deep Throats and You May Now Kiss The Guy Who Receives) are the highlights.

It pains me to give any Family Guy series a mediocre 3 stars, and it's because of some very poor individual episodes. I Take Thee Quagmire is particularly disappointing as I was looking forward to the first proper Quagmire episode. The tedious commentaries (none of them including the show's creator, Seth McFarlane) are a waste of time even for hardcore fans.

Thankfully though Season 6 seems to be a marked improvement so far (not seen all episodes yet) and back to the best - which has to be Season 3 if you are new to Family Guy.

As for Season 5 - for completists only.

Permission To Land
Permission To Land
Offered by best_value_entertainment
Price: 2.42

3 of 12 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Rock by numbers, 22 Sep 2003
This review is from: Permission To Land (Audio CD)
There's a lot of praise for The Darkness, but their songs are the standard chords, riffs and solos that have been a part of rock for over 20 years now. Although capably performed with considerable enthusiasm, the album has as much artistic merit as a paint-by-numbers picture.
Their singer sounds like Robert Smith (of The Cure), which is a good thing, though if you didn't look at the cover you might think this album was entitled "Robert Smith sings AC/DC".
Above average if Stadium Rock (or "Male Chicken" Rock) is your thang, otherwise don't believe the hype.

Star Wars Roleplaying Game: Core Rulebook
Star Wars Roleplaying Game: Core Rulebook
by Andy Collins
Edition: Hardcover

5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars All the best bits, 16 Jan 2001
This puts together the best areas of the West End Games RPG and the new D&D system to produce a truly great game. The production values are fantastic with great presentation and illustrations throughout. Thoroughly recommended.

Resident Evil - CODE: Veronica (Dreamcast)
Resident Evil - CODE: Veronica (Dreamcast)

5.0 out of 5 stars Seriously Good, 21 July 2000
I've been gaming for over 10 years now, from the days of the old spectrum, and quite frankly, this has to rank up there as being one of the best games I've ever played.
Geniunely scary, fantastic looking, a good storyline and completely absorbing gameplay.
You MUST buy this if you own a Dreamcast - and if you don't own a Dreamcast, buy one to play this. It's that good.

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