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"Romeo and Juliet" (Arden Shakespeare: Second Series)
"Romeo and Juliet" (Arden Shakespeare: Second Series)
by William Shakespeare
Edition: Paperback

13 of 26 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Pretentious intellectual edition!, 2 Sept. 2003
The play itself is most definitely a classic. If I were reviewing the actual play, I would award it five stars.
I am, however, not a fan of this particular edition. I just feel compelled to write a short review, warning readers about the "detailed commentary" promised on each page ot this not inexpensive book. Sadly, rather than giving meanings to some of the more archaic words used in the text (as you tend to expect in a Shakespeare play), the footnotes seem almost entirely preoccupied with the following trivia: what kind of paper the bard was using; why Oscar Wilde (or other noted intellectuals) reckons he dropped certain letters from certain words; why capital letters were used in the First Edition, but dropped in subsequent editions etc . . .
You get the picture. Do yourself a favour and opt for one of the cheaper editions and save yourself the inevitable migraines that reading these torrid footnotes entails!
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Shadow of Memories
Shadow of Memories
Offered by My Bay Hospice
Price: £18.00

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Thanks for the memories!!!, 31 Mar. 2001
This review is from: Shadow of Memories (Video Game)
Having read a glowing review of this game in The Official Playstation Magazine, I instantly ran out and purchased it. My expectations were high, and I'm pleased to say that I wasn't disappointed. While the game's longevity falls way short of the mark - a mere 3 or 4 hours of gameplay are required to finish the game - the plot of the game had me captivated from start to finish. It's one of those games you sit down to have a quick 5 minute go at to see what it's like; and before you know it - several hours of your life have just flashed by. Which is ironic, as the storyline revolves primarily around the theme of time travel. As for the game itself: well, the graphics are stunning; the sounds and music are brilliantly atmospheric; and the ending (of which there are SIX!) will blow your mind. The outcome of the game depends heavily on various choices that you must make throughout the game - as you travel backwards and forwards in time, intent on unravelling the mystery surrounding your very own death. (Sounds bizarre? It is!) You must perform all manner of tasks and solve puzzles as you repeatedly try to avoid meeting your untimely demise (again and again!). If you're looking for guns and action and gore, steer clear of this game - it's very much a thinking man's game: although it's certainly not as pretentious as that makes it sound! If you like a challenge and enjoy the more subtle elements of the supernatural genre, then this is a MUST BUY! You'll never think the same way about death and time again.

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