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Solomon Kane [DVD]
Solomon Kane [DVD]
Dvd ~ James Purefoy
Price: £3.30

4.0 out of 5 stars Kane is King, 28 Jun. 2011
This review is from: Solomon Kane [DVD] (DVD)
As a devoted Robert E Howard fan, I waited with interest for the film adaptation of Solomon Kane. And I wasn't disappointed. A cracking story, set in a realistic England. dark, gloomy, rain swept. James Purefoy was born to play Solomon Kane. If you like sword and sorcery, then this is the film for you.
And please, oh please, start thinking about a sequel.

Heaven's Favorite: Ascent: The Rise of Chinggis Khan Bk. 1
Heaven's Favorite: Ascent: The Rise of Chinggis Khan Bk. 1
by Tom Shanley
Edition: Paperback
Price: £13.50

3.0 out of 5 stars Factual but doesnt quite hit the mark..., 27 May 2011
Shanley has obviously reseracheed the these two novels and has spent time in Mongolia. But all this knowledge doesn't make for as good a novel as it could be. Both books read more like history text books than novels. Battle scenes are skipped over in a sentence. Phrases are repeated, as though Shanley has simply copied and pasted.
So0me interesting facts, but not in the same league as the Mongol master - Conn Iggulden.

Robin Hood - Extended Director's Cut [DVD]
Robin Hood - Extended Director's Cut [DVD]
Dvd ~ Russell Crowe
Price: £2.47

4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars I liked it a lot!, 4 May 2011
I'm genuinely surprised at the negative comments based on Robin Hood. Ridley Scott and Russell Crowe bring to life a character that was in badly need of resusitation. This isn't Kevin Costner prancing about in his jolly green tights. This is a gritty, believable and realistic portrait of the times, with Scott setting up the reasons why Robin Hood became an outlaw.

Ok it doesn't quite fall into the same league as 'Men In Tights'. It isn't perfect (but then neither was Gladiator) but it's an enjoyable, exciting film that demonstrates the acting abilities of Crowe and Blanchett especially. I think the negative comments are just being mean. Shame on you. Be a Merry Man and buy this film!
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City of Vice - Series 1 [2007] [DVD] [2008]
City of Vice - Series 1 [2007] [DVD] [2008]
Dvd ~ Ian McDiarmid
Offered by thelastplace
Price: £19.98

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic!, 4 Jan. 2010
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If you have read previous reviews, then there is no need to recap. However, I will say that this series is incredible. A stellar cast headed by Ian McDiarmid and Iain Glen. But the best bit is this isn't a Sunday afternoon Jane Austen drama.
This is realistic, gritty, down to earth. Life as it was. The streets are filthy. The people are coarse and hard, all wrapped up in excellent story lines.
Compulsive viewing!

Mystery Man
Mystery Man
by Bateman
Edition: Hardcover

5.0 out of 5 stars Silly, strange and superb!, 7 Oct. 2009
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This review is from: Mystery Man (Hardcover)
Bateman is like Marmite - you either love it or hate it.
This was my first Bateman book and oh how I enjoyed it. A hypochondriac lead character, a feisty side kick who tells it like it is, nazi, publishers and copious amounts of Twix. This book will make you laugh out loud. Bizarre, surreal and totally enjoyable. I recommend this book to everyone! : )

Tinnitus Sanctus (Special Edition) (2CD)
Tinnitus Sanctus (Special Edition) (2CD)
Price: £11.89

4.0 out of 5 stars edguy is ah'ed of the game :), 2 Jun. 2009
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After reading Bob Twain's rather miserable review, I felt compelled to add my own thoughts.
Edguy, the brainchild of the genius Tobias Sammet, have released a string of excellent albums. Tinnitus Sanctus is by far, the best so far.

It does exactly what is says on the tin - glorious hard rock riffs, fantastic vocals and catchy, memorable choruses, as nobody writes a chorus like Mr Sammet. This an album that you can enjoy.
Edguy are up there with the best of them. Edguy will rock your world.

Friends Like These
Friends Like These
by Danny Wallace
Edition: Paperback
Price: £11.99

3 of 5 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing..., 14 Jan. 2009
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This review is from: Friends Like These (Paperback)
Having been a fan of Danny Wallace since he contributed to Dave Goreman's fantastic 'Are You dave Gorman?' have enjoyed Join Me and the excellent Yes Man. I looked forward to reading Friends Like These and although enjoyable, I think the wacky challenge that takes ove his life formula is starting to get a little tired and at times I felt the premise of the book was forced. I didn't laugh as often as I thought I would and the last couple of chapters were a struggle. It's all getting a little too familiar and dull.

And why does Wallace give his ex girlfriend a higher and longer credit than his wife?

Think Wallace has run out of steam. :(

Resurrectionist (Matthew Hawkwood 2)
Resurrectionist (Matthew Hawkwood 2)
by James McGee
Edition: Paperback
Price: £9.99

4.0 out of 5 stars Hawkwood just keeps getting better..., 14 Jan. 2009
I have to disagree with some of the previous reviewers. Whilst i enjoyed Ratcatcher, Resurrectionist is far superior. It's very dark tone makes a refreshing change and Hawkwood's character flaws and human touches make the book all the more believable.
Please remember 1800s London wasn't a pretty place and some the reviewers would be better suited reading Mills & Boon or Catherine Cookson if they want a jolly, pretty novel. This tells life like it was resplendant with murderers, drunks, whores, thieves, psychopaths and lairs.
It's a fascinating tale and like its predecessor, the ending has a satisfying twist.
Bernard Cornwell is the master of ancient Britain.
James McGee rules 1800s London.
Long live Hawkwood! :)

Lonely Are the Brave: Special Edition
Lonely Are the Brave: Special Edition

1 of 7 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing!, 18 Oct. 2008
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I first heard of Jorn after hearing him sing on Tobias Sammett's Scarecrow. For those who have not heard this burly Scandinavian sing; imagine David coverdale, but more melodic, greater range and a voice that can send shivers down your spine. Amazing voice, but pity I can't say the same for this CD.

A cover that was created by an 8 year old on PowerPoint. On first listening, I had to check that I wasn't listening to Saxon! Now I quite like some of Saxon's stuff, but I find too many of their songs sound so similar. The same applies here. On first listening, too many times I found myself flicking to the next track. Now in fairness, Jorn sings like a man posessed, but it's the music that lets him down here.
His vocals work so well on 'The Scarecrow' because the quality of music and writing is so incredible. Here it is merely average and it shows!

I'm off to buy another Jorn effort - ARK. Here's hoping this will showcase what Mr Lande is really capable of...
: )
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The Scarecrow
The Scarecrow
Price: £22.49

5.0 out of 5 stars Scarecrow - Awesome, 16 Sept. 2008
This review is from: The Scarecrow (Audio CD)
Having never heard of Tobias Sammet before buying this album, I wasn't weighed down with the pre Metal Opera baggage.
Tobias has delivered an album that for me is the best of the year.
What surprised me most was the fact that Avantasia was a collaboration and in the past, collaboration albums have never been good. This was the exception.

From the belting 'Scarecrow' to for me, the best track 'Lost In Space', this album delivers in bucketloads.
Well worth the cash.
Tobias Sammet is a genius!

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