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Captain Corelli's Mandolin
Captain Corelli's Mandolin
by Louis de Bernieres
Edition: Paperback

7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Great Wartime Love Story!, 16 Sept. 2008
This book is a fantastic read that starts toward the end of World War 2 and covers generations.
The tale tells of a young Greek girl and an eccentric Italian Captain finding love during the Italian "occupation" of the Greek island of Cephallonia, although the Italian army hardly treats it as such due to disenchantment with having to fight for reasons & ideals they do not share with their leaders.
The author creates extremely tangible scenes, people & feelings that you're left feeling like you really knew the characters & places.
There are a few strange plot-holes but this in no way detracts from the overall story and I was actually quite gutted that it had to end!
A really good read that everyone will enjoy & appreciate I think.

Toshiba 32XV555DB- 32" Widescreen 1080p HD Ready LCD TV With Freeview
Toshiba 32XV555DB- 32" Widescreen 1080p HD Ready LCD TV With Freeview

32 of 32 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Stunning Television From Toshiba, 26 Aug. 2008
Got this over the weekend and am absolutely chuffed to bits with it.

The picture is crystal, the set-up a doddle (had it working within 2 minutes, seriously!) and it looks really classy with the silver trim around edges.
Haven't played around with all of the sound settings yet but even with what it's set on at the moment, wow. Can't wait to hook it up to some surround-sound!

Also loving the fact that it has a "proper" on/off switch at the back, might seem like a silly thing to mention, but with all the energy-wasting propaganda that's getting thrown at us, you can feel all secure in the knowledge that you're not using standby instead.

Well impressed!

Transformers (2007) [DVD]
Transformers (2007) [DVD]
Dvd ~ Shia LaBeouf
Offered by Shop4World
Price: £1.49

2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Supoib!, 22 July 2008
This review is from: Transformers (2007) [DVD] (DVD)
Great stuff! If you're a fan more I guess, but the other half loved it too and she swore blind she wouldn't.

It's true, the plot's probably a bit thin if you want to critique this on it's own merits but as a fan I thought it was top notch entertainment; great special fx and sound, and mind-blowing action scenes. And, for a big-screen "remake", it holds quite true to the Transformers history, a few modifications here and there, but nothing to spoil it.

The only let-down for me was the human cast getting more attention than either the Auotbots or Decepticons, with Megatron and Starscream (personalities they could have done so much with) barely getting any at all.

Still, it's a movie you can whack on and lose yourself for a few hours to time and time again.


Dr Faustus based on the A text (New Mermaids)
Dr Faustus based on the A text (New Mermaids)
by Christopher Marlowe
Edition: Paperback

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars One Of The Classics?, 22 July 2008
Hmm, not sure.

This is the only one of Christopher Marlowe's works that I've read so far and to be honest I was expecting a lot more.

Apparently Marlowe wasn't too big on Christianity so you would've thought that scripting a play like this, where an important individual sells his soul to be able to have anything his heart desires, he'd go to town. But it's almost like Marlowe is warning us against doing that. I'm not saying that Marlowe was a practising satanist but for a non-believer, let's call him, his imagination regarding what Faustus does once he makes the "sale" is non too extraordinary; Flies around a bit; Makes fun of the Pope & his Cardinals invisibly; Turns a bale of hay into a horse; Gets grapes in Winter for someone. That's about it.

It's quite short too, but does include the differences from the "B" text afterwards so you can compare the two so that's quite good.

Basically I thought it would move me a lot more than it did, but that might just be me.

Ratchet and Clank: Tools of Destruction (PS3)
Ratchet and Clank: Tools of Destruction (PS3)

1 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars An "OK" Addition To The Series, 3 July 2008
Bought this for a change and break from all the other games that dish out death & destruction. Wanted something that was fun to look at and play. And that's nearly what you get with this.
It doesn't make any huge leaps or bounds in terms of gameplay from the other Ratchet games although some of the puzzles are quite cool and tricky with the way you have to use the motion of the six-axis.
But overall it covers pretty much the same ground as the previous titles and serious gamers will probably not take too much time to complete it as it's probably aimed more at the junior gamers out there.
Colourful and pretty to look at, quick and easy to complete.
That's Ratchet & Clank:Tools Of Destruction in a nutshell.

Resistance: Fall of Man (PS3)
Resistance: Fall of Man (PS3)
Price: £3.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Resistance Is Futile!, 19 Mar. 2008
Resistance: Fall Of Man is a truly great FPS for the PS3.
Have completed for the 4th time (Superhuman) and I can honestly say, I didn't get bored of it at all. Each difficulty level requires a different approach, so you won't play it the same way twice.

The graphics are top notch; surfaces of everything look & feel solid. Colours may seem a bit underused at 1st but this is war, not a walk through a park in Summer, so again, excellent.
I don't agree with those who have said that the game hasn't aged well, I think it easily stands up. It's got a great WW2 realism to it, but also a realistic future shooter side to it as well. I think the programmers and writer have merged the 2 very well indeed. But that is just my humble opinion.

The story's really good; an alternate version of events in Europe circa the 1940's/50's. Europe defeated in a matter of weeks by a relentless enemy, Great Britain making a valiant stand with America entering the fray to assist at the vital time.

As mentioned earlier, it's a mash-up of past-meets-future, so the weapons & vehicles you get to use reflect this, but having said that, although you get a great array of weaponry to choose from, the vehicles are extremely limited. For me this wasn't a problem, I like to be "on foot", but I guess a bit more could have been done to make a couple more levels dependant on other modes of transport, both Chimeran & Human.

Final word? I won't be trading this in ;)

Tess of the D'Urbervilles (Penguin Classics)
Tess of the D'Urbervilles (Penguin Classics)
by Thomas Hardy
Edition: Paperback
Price: £6.99

2 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Frustrating, even infuriating sometimes but ultimately compelling, 1 Oct. 2007
Another of those classics that is a must read.

A story of a young country girl whose life is doomed because of a crime committed against her.

The author is obviously quite taken with the locale in which the story is set and uses rich descriptions to paint an almost tangible picture in the reader's imagination.
It's well written although I did found myself wanting to scream a number of times at the apparent naivety that Tess still displays even after the fact. And by the end of the book I was left feeling quite emotionally drained by the amount of bad luck that befalls this poor girl in her short & tragic life.

It is a book that has to be read though, the language isn't as tough as in Wuthering Heights say, so it's easy to understand; a lot happens obviously so it goes along at a fair pace and the supporting characters are intersting and quite well developed.

All in all, good stuff!

by Jeff Abbott
Edition: Paperback

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not A Bad Old Yarn, 29 Mar. 2007
This review is from: Panic (Paperback)
A half decent thriller that will do for commuting.

It's not going to win any awards for prose or novelty or ingenuity or anything but it is a well paced story with lots of action, cliffhangers, double-dealing and the obligatory moment of revelation.

It would make for a good holiday book or like I said before, travelling to and from work.

Mobile Suit Gundam: Target in Sight (PS3)
Mobile Suit Gundam: Target in Sight (PS3)
Price: £13.41

18 of 25 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars An Embarrassing Launch Title, 27 Mar. 2007
Don't ask me why I bought this game, there are so many other better titles that you can christen your PS3 with.

We're all familiar with the processing power and graphical prowess of the PS3, we've been reading about them in magazines and on web-sites for months and believe me, this game obviously does not use a fraction of any of them.

It just smacks of not being bothered.

Steer well clear of!

Wuthering Heights (Penguin Popular Classics)
Wuthering Heights (Penguin Popular Classics)
by Emily BrontŽ
Edition: Paperback

4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Ultimate Anti-Love-Story!, 10 Jan. 2007
Wow, what can you say? Powerful stuff!

It's got everything you don't expect from a love story of that time; deceit, jealousy, pettiness, betrayal, revenge; to name but a few of the emotions felt by the characters.

Really don't know where to begin with this one suffice to say it evokes strong feelings during reading.
Some of the language can be hard to understand and I found myself reading some pages a number of times before being able to proceed.

Having said that, I did persevere and am glad I did, it's a great story and a must read.

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