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Pride and Prejudice and Zombies: The Classic Regency Romance-now with Ultraviolent Zombie Mayhem! (Quirk Classics)
Pride and Prejudice and Zombies: The Classic Regency Romance-now with Ultraviolent Zombie Mayhem! (Quirk Classics)
by Seth Grahame-Smith
Edition: Paperback
Price: 6.99

6 of 9 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Concept is better than the execution, 29 Aug 2009
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This is a great idea. Really, I wish I'd come up with it. Unfortunately, the writing doesn't really live up to the concept. The uneven use of language grates- zombies one minute, unmentionables the next, and althought there are some hilarious sections where the original text has been subtley altered to fit this more violent world, too much feels gratuitously grafted on.
One of the main problems is that Elizabeth comes across not as quick witted, but sociopathic, depriving the story of a central character to empathise with.
I finished it, but won't be reading it again.

Doomsday [DVD]
Doomsday [DVD]
Dvd ~ Rhona Mitra
Offered by gowingsstoreltd
Price: 2.96

7 of 13 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Just Plain Bad, 29 Aug 2009
This review is from: Doomsday [DVD] (DVD)
I'm a fan of a lot of 'B' movies and can forgive most plot holes for the sake of enjoying the film, but come on....
When the characters are given an armoured vehicle to go into Scotland with, they're told it can withstand 'machine guns and anti tank missiles', or something to that effect. Well, what about a bloke with a stick? Oops.
They're taken through a tunnel which has been used by survivors for 30 years or so, and in that time, nobody has thought 'I wonder what's in all those boxes over there?'
The ending would have been more plausible if everyone had simply grown wings and flown out of there.
...and many more.
It really is terrible. Don't be tempted.

Existing Light Techniques for Wedding and Portrait Photography
Existing Light Techniques for Wedding and Portrait Photography
by Hurter
Edition: Paperback
Price: 21.48

5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very Useful, 13 Aug 2009
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I would highly recommend this book to photographers both novice and professional. Well written, balanced and unpretentious, this contains many skilled images the techniques of which are actually explained properly and in some detail. A valuable addition to the library of anyone with more than a passing interest in portraiture.

Price: 18.49

5.0 out of 5 stars Underrated, 7 Aug 2009
This review is from: Batch (Audio CD)
Definitely a band that were ahead of their time. This, along with 'Album Type Thing' are first rate. BDC added a rocky edge to the standard pop-punk sound which really set them apart from their label mates. They were also very talented musicians. These records sound as good today, if not better than they used to. I rediscovered this stuff recently, having not listened to it for years and the tunes are fantastic. Maybe they were a little too 'rock' for the pop-punk crowd back then and never really found their niche but they certainly deserved a lot more attention than they ever got.
Having said that, you can do without their final album 'No Worse For The Wear'. Half the band had left, taking most of the ideas with them.

Days To Come
Days To Come
Offered by Fulfillment Express
Price: 8.15

5 of 10 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Patchy, 5 Aug 2009
This review is from: Days To Come (Audio CD)
I really liked Animal Magic and Dial M, so had high hopes for this. It's a strange one though- for the first half of the album he seems to be trying to write the soundtrack to a samurai movie. All very Japanese sounding, which wears thin pretty quickly. The second half is more similar to the earlier albums only not as good. The only time he really gets it right is on the last track 'Recurring', which is a great tune.
There are vocals this time too, but more often than not they feel grafted on and not a part of the song. Some rather trite lyrics don't help either.
Overall the whole thing just feels forced, and not a patch on his other work.
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Push [DVD] (2009)
Push [DVD] (2009)
Dvd ~ Chris Evans
Price: 4.26

2 of 5 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Could have been good..., 19 July 2009
This review is from: Push [DVD] (2009) (DVD)
...but isn't. Beautifully filmed with Hong Kong as the backdrop and decent effects can't disguise the fact that there is no story. None. One of the most incoherent two hours I've ever sat through, nothing in this film makes sense. Characters wander around using whatever special power they have against each other...and that's it. Decisions are made and double crosses put in for absolutely no reason. This is one of those that the producers figure if they put enough random 'twists' in, noone will notice if the plot doesn't really go anywhere. A real shame as the almost comic-book style visuals work really well. I wanted to like it, honestly.

Endtroducing... [Deluxe Edition]
Endtroducing... [Deluxe Edition]
Price: 15.91

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Get It, 19 July 2009
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Bit of a classic really. The only thing I can add to the other reviewers comments is this: Wondering whether it's worth getting rid of the single disc edition you have and replacing it with this? Definitely. Great liner notes and several tunes on the second disc that wouldn't look out of place on the album. Not to mention the nice packaging. One to buy for sure.

Terminator Salvation [DVD] [2009]
Terminator Salvation [DVD] [2009]
Dvd ~ Christian Bale
Offered by DVD Overstocks
Price: 2.50

3 of 11 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Beyond disappointing, 10 Jun 2009
I had high hopes for this, especially as the early reviews were generally positive. The effects are fine, but the characters are just dire. I really can't remember the last time I watched a movie and cared so little about what happened to anyone in it.
One thing in particular I fail to understand: John Connor is supposed to be the saviour of humanity. According to Reese in the first film he showed people how to fight, how to destroy the machines etc. That's his whole reason for being important. Despite this, at the beginning of this film humanity already has an army, bases, a command structure, an air force and so on, with John Connor as just a soldier in that army. Doesn't this go against the ENTIRE POINT of the whole saga? If the humans are already fighting the machines then why is this one man still so important? Anyone?
Sam Worthington is the only one with any kind of depth and although a good actor, he's no way near enough to carry the whole thing. Christian Bale wanders around grunting like he's practicing for the next Batman and the rest are so poorly written they're instantly forgettable. Deeply uninvolving from silly beginning to contrived and trite ending. If you want a big daft summer blockbuster this might suit, but as a Terminator movie, it's rubbish.

No Hassle
No Hassle
Offered by uniqueplace-uk
Price: 14.96

4.0 out of 5 stars An Improvement, 4 Jun 2009
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This review is from: No Hassle (Audio CD)
Okay, it's not another Suzuki, but it is a massive improvement on the awful J.A.C. They've gone for a more ambient sound which I think works a whole lot better than the disposable pop vein they were heading in before. The second disc, containing live versions of the album tracks spends as much if not more time in my stereo than the album itself. Give this one a chance- it's a grower. Supreme packaging too.

Canon Battery Grip BG-E6 for EOS 5D Mk II (discontinued by manufacturer)
Canon Battery Grip BG-E6 for EOS 5D Mk II (discontinued by manufacturer)

54 of 58 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Think before you buy, 1 Jun 2009
'Do I need this'? is the question you need to ask. The Mark II and the 24-104 lens plus a flash (a combination many people will be using) are pretty hefty together. Adding a battery grip: you've some serious weight to carry around all day at a wedding/event. I had actually resigned myself to buying one of these anyway until I realised how good the new batteries are. You can shoot for most of the day without having to worry at all about running out, and one change at some point during the day is more than enough for anyone. (I've done several weddings on one battery easily). Okay, the camera doesn't look as chunky and threatening as with the battery pack but I can live with that. Overall, your money could be more wisely spent somewhere else.
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