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11 Doctors, 11 stories (Doctor Who)
11 Doctors, 11 stories (Doctor Who)
by Eoin Colfer
Edition: Paperback
Price: £9.09

0 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Who is the best writer?, 2 Jan 2014
The stories in this book vary in quality and are - I feel confident in saying - not a patch on the quality of the Target Doctor Who stories.

Poorer stories feature the 6th, 10th and 11th Doctors.
Average stories feature the 1st 2nd, 3rd, 5th and 7th Doctors
Better stories feature the 4th and 8th Doctors.

Probably the best-written story in this book features the 9th Doctor. Avoiding giving everything away or telling the reader what is happening, this story feels the most satisfying. It captures Ecclestone's Doctor fantastically and fits with the continuity of the rebooted show.

In summary, this was a good idea to release in anticipation of the 50th anniversary, but in execution it is a mixed bag that will disappoint many.

Metroid Prime: Trilogy (Wii)
Metroid Prime: Trilogy (Wii)

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Perfect Package, 17 Nov 2009
= Fun:4.0 out of 5 stars 
This is perfect.
Choose which game you want to play. If you have enough, go the menu and run another game without changing the disc!
Explore the eerie worlds in widescreen, with improved room-loading speeds and controls.
My friend pointed out the Metroid Prime graphics have not been revamped; I think the game looks just right; to revamp would mean a lot of programming and delay and there's already an Other M on the way.
Share your accomplishments with fellow gamers via Wiiconnect24 and unlock the definitive collection of artwork, costume choices and worlds used int he production of all three games. A must for any Metroid fan.

The Resistance
The Resistance
Price: £8.22

5 of 9 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Resisting giving further revelations., 15 Oct 2009
This review is from: The Resistance (Audio CD)
Not one for the MUSE enthusiast, this album relies on heavy chunks of other people's work:

Chopin's Nocturne is played far more than the sleeve acknowledges; I played the original to check. Also, the Saint-Saens was being hummed by MY MUM, who'd not heard the album before and is not a MUSE fan. The opening track is a combination of the Dr Who theme and the rhythm from Spirit in the Sky. United States of Erasure (sic) has blasts of Queen (which is not uncommon for this band but it doesn't seems to be their own work here). To summarise, almost every track has a corresponding well-known tune that gives away its identity rather than its influence.

The highpoint is MK Ultra, a thumpingly good tune. Undisclosed Desire has merit because I don't remember MUSE using pizzicato strings before. It's well arranged here. However, the low points are I Belong to You, which sounds like music by clowns for clowns, and the concluding trio of songs are weak, under-developed material.

My advice for getting the maximum mileage out of this half-hearted album? Listen to the odd-numbered tracks.

Here Come the Abc's
Here Come the Abc's
Price: £18.58

5.0 out of 5 stars Grapes, Glue, Gyroscopes!, 12 May 2009
This review is from: Here Come the Abc's (Audio CD)
The outstanding children's CD/DVD combination from the never-dull TMBG and their friends in the Deeply Felt Puppet Theater.

Original and fresh lyrics that appeal to children and parents alike make this a firm choice to replace all those dire nursery rhyme CDs (with poor musical arrangements and lacklustre singing)!

Our boy's personal favourites are Go for G!, an anthum unparalleled in the history of the letter G, and Higgly Town Heroes, the theme music for a children's television show.

My wife's favourite is C is for Conifers, a guitar and singer arrangement with information on the varieties of conifers (my kind of trees) that can be found (over 500 kinds)!

My personal favourite is Can you find it?, a hidden letter challenge with letters that don't play by the rules.

Like this and want to hear more TMBG? Try Here come the 123s, an even greater album than this (because numbers are easier to write songs about). The NO! album and Bed, Bed, Bed are two further children's albums

Search for their other pithy hit singles: Istanbul, Birdhouse in your Soul, James K Polk, and the Sun.

Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Once More with Feeling
Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Once More with Feeling
Price: £6.56

5.0 out of 5 stars Teach Key Stage 4 about musicals the fun way!, 18 Jun 2008
This has all the music from Once More With Feeling - even the stuff the BBC didn't show.
Never have I been so captivated by a musical. To date, it's unsurpassed.

Beyond the Neighbourhood
Beyond the Neighbourhood
Offered by skyvo-direct
Price: £5.33

4.0 out of 5 stars Oh, Beautiful World, 17 Jun 2008
Listen to this album many times over. It's got all the truly Athlete moments scattered on its disperate tracks, and several surprises in-between.

My highlight is Airport Disco: It's beautiful and commands respect; listen with your headphones on and the volume turned up.

The Outsiders was used for the science bit in CSI:NY.

Viva La Vida Or Death And All His Friends (Gatefold Digipack)
Viva La Vida Or Death And All His Friends (Gatefold Digipack)
Price: £25.99

2 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Long live the King!, 17 Jun 2008
Thanks to Parlophone's Youtube site I was hooked on the singles Viva La Vida and Violet Hill immediately. I now love the tracks Lost! and Death et al, and all the sections on this album in seven four time.

I am, however, sorely disappointed with the instruments chosen for the 2nd bridge, verse and chorus of Viva La Vida. It sounds like midi defaults on a beginner's keyboard. Surely Coldplay could have afforded some proper synthesiser sounds? It's been thirty years since Gary Numan's cars!

My chief qualm is that Coldplay present a lot of ideas here but do not let them run for all their worth. Life in Technicolour is a prime example. The album is, if anything, underwhelming at a running time of 45'

A Spot of Bother
A Spot of Bother
by Mark Haddon
Edition: Hardcover

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A Gross of Chapters, 5 Jan 2008
This review is from: A Spot of Bother (Hardcover)
Following a narrative style in a similar vein to The Curious Incident, this book is half the fun.

Haddon readily punctuates each of the snappy chapters with a sentence designed to induce uncontrollable snickering. When it succeeds (which is most of the time), it's a real gem.

This book falls flat in many places: the absence of Tony for two-thirds of the book (only being referred to in thoughts); the overuse of swearwords (their minimal use in The Curious Incident was what gave such a powerful impact); the typo on page 390.

Where it works well is the style of describing the everyday happenings. Interjections (the kettle clicked off. the ambulance raced past. the dog barked) are part and parcel of everyday life, and there's no reason why they can't be included in literature. It's as valid as ten paragraphs of description in any thriller.

I found this book more of an effort than The Curious Incident, because after grabbing my attention in the snappy opening chapters, a longer one was thrown in, and I then need to check if I have to leave it to do something else (something I don't have to do if the chapter is a page long.)

If you have a choice, take on The Curious Incident, because its characters are more engaging and better written, but don't dismiss the beauty of the comedy on show here.

In Rainbows
In Rainbows
Price: £8.57

3 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars You too can design your own album cover, 26 Nov 2007
This review is from: In Rainbows (Audio CD)
Impossibly good. The peak of tremendous music: Reckoner, closely followed by Jigsaw Falling into Place. I'm not sure why Bodysnatchers doesn't grab me like every other track. I've listened to this album on headphones, on Nintendo Wii, on stereo, on PC, in the car. I've done the worst thing I can possibly do with the album; I've overlistened. Oh to hear it for the first time again.

The Beekeeper
The Beekeeper
Offered by skyvo-direct
Price: £6.40

3 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Tori, me love, I'm glad you finally made it., 13 May 2007
This review is from: The Beekeeper (Audio CD)
This is the one I've been waiting for since I first heard Cornflake Girl. It's an album which I feel has Tori's heart and soul poured into it. Beekeeper sustains great songs, whereas Under The Pink's even-numbered tracks were the only good songs.

Ribbons Undone is the lynchpin of the album: The most beautiful melody sung and played; a single visit to the chorus, which is refreshingly far longer than expected; multiple vocal tracks overlayed near the end of the song; the tearjerking replacement of the final syllable with piano. This clinical analysis I've just given aside, it's this attention to detail on this song that is the most satisfying part of Tori's work.

You can find this level of detail in songs on her other albums (listen to Cornflake Girl, Way Down, Bliss, iieee, A Sorta Fairytale) though never matching this one.

There are only a few tracks that disappoint:
The Power of Orange Knickers, Original Sinsuality, Hoochie Woman.
They're not StrangeLittleGirls dreadful; they're just below par on this album.

Buy it, put your headphones on, bring on the tears for Ribbons Undone.
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