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Cube
Cube
Dvd
Offered by Lovefilm UK Limited
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3.0 out of 5 stars Nice drama, stupid conclusion, 17 Aug 2014
This review is from: Cube (DVD)
I found this film gripping and fascinating. But I had also expected that there would be some sort of coherent explanation for the Cube at the end, and really there is not. Stylish but smart-arse.


Kenobi (Star Wars: Legends)
Kenobi (Star Wars: Legends)
by John Jackson Miller
Edition: Mass Market Paperback

4.0 out of 5 stars Slow start but interesting unfolding, 2 Aug 2014
This novel starts with a view of the Sand People, who are on the verge of extinction. Then it switches to Dannar's Claim, a small retail centre for the "moisture farmers". There, people are barely aware that the Republic has fallen and seem untouched by the Clone War.

Obi-Wan turns up, just seeking supplies but feeling obliged to help those in need. He can reason he should do nothing while his main task is to guard Luke, but his human feelings keep getting in the way. And he is still devastated by his failure with Anakin and the fall of the Jedi.

The plot unfolds from there. Two of the major characters turn out to be very different from your first impression of them, and there is some ingenuity in the ending. A fair read.


Star Wars: Dawn of the Jedi Vol.3 Force War (Star Wars: Dawn of the Jedi (Numbered))
Star Wars: Dawn of the Jedi Vol.3 Force War (Star Wars: Dawn of the Jedi (Numbered))
by John Ostrander
Edition: Paperback
Price: 11.88

4.0 out of 5 stars Very early Jedi, 24 July 2014
This completes a set of three graphic novels that show the origin of the Jedi. Presumably the start of a long story arc, since these people include members of the Sith race and the distinction between Dark and Light is much less distinct. Plus some rather extreme villains to hang the plot around.


The Wandering Earth: Classic Science Fiction Collection
The Wandering Earth: Classic Science Fiction Collection
by Cixin Liu
Edition: Paperback
Price: 14.89

5.0 out of 5 stars An SF Golden Age in China?, 24 July 2014
I've seen very little SF from China. This one is impressive, distinctive in its outlook, though with something in common with 1930s SF from the USA. It is a collection of short stories, though some of them interconnect. Each however is complete in itself. Social issues matter as much as the technology.


Doctor Who - The Face Of Evil
Doctor Who - The Face Of Evil
Dvd
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4.0 out of 5 stars A jungle on a wrecked spacecraft, 24 July 2014
This is one of the better Tom Baker episodes. He is somehow seen as the cause of evil for two very different tribes on a wrecked spacecraft that has become a jungle, but a jungle of air-ducts and with nothing green. Bits of technology are retained but treated as magic. And you have a mystery that is a genuine puzzle, but gets a sensible solution.

It also introduces Leela as a very distinctive Companion, and one the Doctor seems not to entirely want. I think she's the only one who manages to invite herself on board with the Doctor being discouraging.

In the Extras we learn that Tom Baker would have sooner have managed without a Companion, but the producers insisted one was necessary for explaining just what was going in.


The War that Ended Peace: How Europe abandoned peace for the First World War
The War that Ended Peace: How Europe abandoned peace for the First World War
by Professor Margaret MacMillan
Edition: Hardcover
Price: 20.00

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4.0 out of 5 stars Corrects some myth, 18 July 2014
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This story shows in detail that the war was mostly a series of miscalculations. And that Germany was by no means keen on war. And how it seemed likely almost to the end that the crisis would be resolved with some sort of settlement, as previous crises had been,


Yamada - The Way Of The Samurai
Yamada - The Way Of The Samurai
Dvd
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2.0 out of 5 stars Brutal and improbable The real story would be worth telling ..., 18 July 2014
Brutal and improbable

The real story would be worth telling. This is a weak plot to justify a series of martial-arts displays. The depiction of warfare is wholly unrealistic and the complex politics of the period is ignored.


Age of Uprising: The Legend of Michael Kohlhaas
Age of Uprising: The Legend of Michael Kohlhaas
Dvd
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2.0 out of 5 stars Slow, pretentious, silly, 3 July 2014
Nothing much is explained, much of the action takes place in half light so you're not clear what is going on. In as far as it says anything, it is rubbish. A soft attitude to a blatantly unjust system.


Strange Days
Strange Days
Dvd
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3.0 out of 5 stars Too similar to what it nominally condemns., 29 Jun 2014
This review is from: Strange Days (DVD)
It would have been a much better film without the voyeuristic murder scenes. And without giving the general impression of violence and brutality everywhere. It seems to forget that other sorts of life are possible. And everything is solved by the hero and heroine being better at random violence than the professionals, which is silly and a stupid answer to offer.

This is regrettable because there are some positives, particularly going against racial steriotypes. (Which was probably why it flopped in the USA.)


1587, a Year of No Significance: Ming Dynasty in Decline
1587, a Year of No Significance: Ming Dynasty in Decline
by Huang
Edition: Paperback
Price: 13.95

5.0 out of 5 stars A very good insight into the minds of the men who ran ..., 29 Jun 2014
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A very good insight into the minds of the men who ran the Chinese Empire. How they failed to adjust to a changing world, but how this could seem entirely right and proper from their viewpoint.


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