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Night of the Living Trekkies
Night of the Living Trekkies
by Sam Stall
Edition: Paperback
Price: 9.60

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A surpriseing gem, 17 Jun 2013
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I have to admit I didn't have high hopes of this. I like the Zombie genre with a passion and even its more comedic offerings but this looked a little bit too campy and trashy even for me. I was very wrong. What you have here is a very cleverly crafted parody that fuses sc-fi geekdom, zombie gore and Die Hard style action into a fast paced little gem of an action/horro/comedy story. If Simon Pegg hadn't already covered the ZomCom genre so skilfully with Shaun of the Dead I would be express delivering this to him with a note scrawled in my own blood telling him to make it into a film. Yes, there are cliche moments but, lets be honest, any Zombie story has a fair degree of these and the cliches are half the attraction anyway. It made me want to read more by these authors...and attend a sci-fi convention.


Kingston 16GB 266X Compact Flash Card
Kingston 16GB 266X Compact Flash Card
Price: 13.49

4.0 out of 5 stars A great product, 17 Jun 2013
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Good price, good quality and, so far, very reliable. Does what it says on the tin. I would buy again.


We are One: A Celebration of Tribal Peoples, in Association with Survival International
We are One: A Celebration of Tribal Peoples, in Association with Survival International
by Joanna Eede
Edition: Hardcover
Price: 22.86

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An enlightening read, 23 May 2011
This is an amazing book. Just leafing through it makes you want to see more of the world and learn more about the different peoples that inhabit it. There are some amazing pictures in it and some interesting short essays. It is not without its sombre elements though and can make for depressing reading when you see how the appetite for "development" of the world's mainstream cultures all too often comes at the cost of tribal peoples land and rights.
Never more than a few days go by when I don't pick this book up to have look through and remind myself what really matters.


Stick Fighting: Techniques of Self-Defense
Stick Fighting: Techniques of Self-Defense
by Masaaki Hatsumi
Edition: Paperback

4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars A very Eastern approach, 7 Mar 2011
If you are used to the western styles of stick fighting such as Vigny's la Canne, Barton Wright's Bartitsu or other such works, and want something similar, then this is probably not for you. If you are a student of the Eastern tradition of using a stick then this might be useful, but if you are looking for a quick, easy to understand and practical guide to using a stick for self defence, there are better books out there.
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Springyard "Ice Runner", Superior Quality Ice Grippers for ice and snow, Size Large
Springyard "Ice Runner", Superior Quality Ice Grippers for ice and snow, Size Large
Offered by Eskimo Agency
Price: 12.99

7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A very useful piece of kit, 30 Dec 2010
For the price these are a very useful and effective piece of kit. They grip well and make a heck of a difference walking around in icy conditions. My only little word of caution would be that you really must take them off when you are not on ice, which is what I have been doing. I notice that other people have commented on the studs breaking or wearing out. Having had them for a while now I would say that this is possibly due to people not scrupulously observing the "off the ice- take 'em off" rule.


Not for Tourists - Guide to New York City 2009 (Not for Tourists) (Not for Tourists)
Not for Tourists - Guide to New York City 2009 (Not for Tourists) (Not for Tourists)
by Jane Pirone
Edition: Paperback
Price: 7.65

4.0 out of 5 stars Practical guide, 1 Jan 2010
This is a very concise and practical guide to New York. All the information you could ever want in a durable and accessible form.


The 'Boop-Boop-A-Doop' Girl
The 'Boop-Boop-A-Doop' Girl
Offered by Fulfillment Express
Price: 5.76

7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I defy you not to smile!, 11 Nov 2009
If anything typifies the exuberant and sexy coquettishness of the Jazz Age then Helen Kane is it. This CD is a definitive catalogue of Kane's career from the 1920s until the 1950s. The lyrics to the songs, and Kane's unique delivery mean that it is impossible to listen to this album without a smile creeping accross your face. If you like the 1920s then buy this.


Heathcliff [VHS] [1997]
Heathcliff [VHS] [1997]
VHS
Offered by pkeylock
Price: 3.80

1 of 10 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars The Horror! The Horror!, 5 Sep 2009
This review is from: Heathcliff [VHS] [1997] (VHS Tape)
Unless you are a fan of Mr Richard, or delight in seeing a masterpiece of literature bastardized beyond recognition, stay well away. I confess that I bought this for my job where I needed material showing the different media which have been used to interpret works by the Brontes, so I am no fan of Sir Cliff anyway. The shocking thing about this is that the songs were written in part by the chap who wrote some of the top songs from Grease. Sadly it all just sounds like Cliff Richard doing christmas songs. And as for his acting, the word "painful" springs to mind.


The Four Great Novels: The Dain Curse; The Glass Key; The Maltese Falcon; Red Harvest (Picador Books)
The Four Great Novels: The Dain Curse; The Glass Key; The Maltese Falcon; Red Harvest (Picador Books)
by Dashiell Hammett
Edition: Paperback

6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Hardboiled brilliance, 29 Jun 2009
This is a great compendium. The contrast of having Dash's early work involving the Continental Operative and his later, more polished, Sam Spade material in one book is pure genius. The 'Op is all you could ask for in terms of prohibtion grit whereas Spade paves the way for later writers like Chandler. Exciting stories that never bore; makes you want to grab your hat, a blackjack and a .38 special and clean up this town!


The Secret History of the Sword: Adventures in Ancient Martial Arts
The Secret History of the Sword: Adventures in Ancient Martial Arts
by J. Christoph Amberger
Edition: Paperback

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars All form and no substance, 29 Sep 2007
Think back to when you were at University/ high School/ any other learning institution and you had to write a 10,000 word essay on the "Underlying simliarity of themes among the abstract expressionists", or some other deep subject. You write all you know and it is great, a meisterwerk but, oh my god!, it is only 5000 words long. What do you do? Well, simple, you just flesh it out with all kinds of meanderings, asides, deviations and repetitions. Take away the 5000 words of useful information that you originally composd and you have The Secret History of the Sword by J. Christoph Amberger.
The book promises "controversial" insights, for example, that the Romans, Greeks and other historical cultures famous for their fighting ability had a formal system of combat training. No? really? And that people in an actual combat situation, no matter how good they are in a training or sports context, can panic and make stupid mistakes. Surprised? I certainly was; I always thought that fighting for your life would be a walk in the park.
I bought this book and am still struggling through it and I am a(not very expert, it must be said) historical sword fighter. The only saving graces of Amberger's book are a couple of the historical accounts taken from archives or other people's work. The account of Christopher Marlowe's (yes, that Christopher Marlowe of Dr Faustus fame)duel in Elizabethan London is facsinating.
I could say a lot more about it being a cobbled together collection of articles without any chronolgy and of very variable quality but I can see that other reviewers have done that for me.


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