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Farflame: (Resistance)
Farflame: (Resistance)
by Grey Wolf
Edition: Paperback
Price: £2.79

5.0 out of 5 stars Nice quality product, 8 Oct 2014
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Good quality product, beautiful cover, nice cream-effect pages, interesting mix of poems and story snippets, and I like the idea of poems extracted from a story (the Kandinsky ones)


White House Down [DVD] [2013]
White House Down [DVD] [2013]
Dvd ~ Channing Tatum
Price: £5.00

5.0 out of 5 stars A New Favourite, 4 July 2014
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This is a brilliant film, cleverly mixing adventure, conspiracy and humour. The main characters shine, and Joey King's Emily is very well done. There are a plethora of memorable scenes, the rocket launcher in the back of the presidential limo being king among many excellent moments. The action never gets in the way of the story, or of the characters and the inter-action between all of them is very well done.


Journey to Jazzland
Journey to Jazzland
by Gia Volterra de Saulnier
Edition: Paperback
Price: £5.96

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Lovely Book!, 4 July 2014
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This is a beautifully illustrated children's book, on one level an adventure that a group of musical instruments have, and on the other level a great introduction to music, and especially jazz, that would serve as an excellent basis for a group of lessons for children.
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Flashing Steel, Flashing Fire: Ten Tales of Valor and Imagination
Flashing Steel, Flashing Fire: Ten Tales of Valor and Imagination
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5.0 out of 5 stars Love the Variety and the Quality, 4 July 2014
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This is a fantastic collection of short stories by an author who can mix the drama of nuclear war in alternate history with Lovecraftian horror, Conanesque fantasy, North American myths, and medieval noir.

As a fan of alternate history and a student of the Cold War the two stories set in the alternate history universe where an Afrikaner Boer empire faces off against the United States was a fascinating setting. 'Coil Gun' by its name tells you that its not going to be simply an ICBM or nuclear bomber only story, but that there is science fiction in the additional weapons used, and as much as it is a technological war story it is also a dramatic story of people, their fears, their reactions and their survival - or not.

'Picking Up Plans in Palma' is the second story in the same alternate history universe and is a no-holds-barred spy story from a world where the Afrikaner secret service would give the KGB a run for its money in brutality.

'Lord Giovanni's Daughter' is a Conanesque story of sword-and-monsters fantasy and keeps you on the edge of your seat til the very end.

Despite how much I loved the stories set in the world of 'Coil Gun', my favourite story in the collection is 'The Beast of Bosporus' not least because early modern Ottoman Istanbul is an unusual and in its own way exquisite setting. Mixing Lovecraftian horror with Ottoman history, this story is both a metaphor for over-ambition and a dark and dangerous tale of ancient evil reawakened.

'Westernmost Throne' is striking in this collection for being set in contemporaneous America, with an ambitious senator on the brink of becoming President, but he is far more than he seems, and this story is as rooted in ancient Greece or in daemon mythos as it is in Washington politics.

And this is just half of the stories in 'Flashing Steel, Flashing Fire' each of them as unique and as powerful as the ones described above. Matthew W. Quinn has created a beautifully laid-out book with a stunning cover and a range of excellent stories within it. Everyone is bound to find something to their taste, and if their tastes are varied they are certain to find several stories that really work for them.


Your Love Alone Is Not Enough
Your Love Alone Is Not Enough
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic, 21 April 2014
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Great song and very well produced CD, it looks great in my collection. Excellent music and vocals, always worth listening to again!


REVENGE OF THE FOX
REVENGE OF THE FOX

5.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable read and insight into London's murky past, 21 April 2014
It took a few chapters for the plot to shape up but once it did we were into a great read, an enjoyable story full of rogues with their own codes of honour, and a fascinating insight into the murky past of London in the 40s and 50s. Once the plot hit the ground, it was the kind of book you kept wanting more of, until you reached the end and realised you'd run out of book!


Doctor Who - The Web of Fear [DVD]
Doctor Who - The Web of Fear [DVD]
Dvd ~ Patrick Troughton
Price: £7.50

2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved it!, 27 Feb 2014
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iwas always going to like this story, because I have always enjoyed it - the novelisation, the audio story. But I was never pre-ordained to love it, but the story is so good that I do!

Episode 3 is worth considering. In 'The Invasion', the animation looked good but gave me a headache, in 'The Ice Warriors' the animation felt much more natural and was fantastic in its way. But here, the use of telesnaps, harking back to the filler episodes of VHS, is actually much better, allowing the viewer to see the story, the characters, the actors as they were. Whilst this is nice for Victoria, in eye candy terms, this is also very important for Lethbridge-Stewart, Nicholas Courtney's first appearance in this role, in historical terms.

Episode 4 is therefore where we see Lethbridge-Stewart in first motion, but the telesnaps in episode 3 have established the character. Nicholas Courtney is now in command, a position he won't give up for another decade. "Let's get on with it, shall we Knight!"

Patrick Troughton is on top form in this story, his voice skills really on show both when he retells events, and in many of the exchanges. The 2nd Doctor has always been as much about the sound of his voice as the visuals, perhaps because a high percentage of my early exposure to his stories was through the audio stories on cassette in the 1990s.

Jamie and Victoria are a lovely caring duo, this story following directly on from its rescued twin 'Enemy of The World' where the relationship was cemented. Fraser Hines' Jamie is always a reliable solid character, but never a boring one, the actor always playing him with intelligence. Deborah Watling's Victoria is very pretty, and dressed in a very fetching Native American outfit, but she is given some good lines, and some serious plot developments, and is allowed to be an independent-minded character in her own right.

The Yeti on their own terms are ideal for an enclosed environment, viz the London underground. When seen on the streets of London they are paradoxically effective both at long distance and close up, but verging on the laughable in the middle distance where their body shape strikes one as odd. Given that Doctor Who monster problems would continue for the next twenty years, this is not really a problem, as the majority of the time they are seen they are very a very powerful visual image.

The web itself is a strange element. Visually it is striking, and whilst it is applied well with the pseudo-gun, it is also a bit of an anti deus ex machina, something which exists, does the dirty work of the enemy, but is not properly explained.

Travers taken over by the Intelligence is both creepy and sinister, not least because we think the visage as belonging to a slightly doddery friendly old soul. It is a nasty surprise to find he has been taken over, and extinguished. "I am only using this body", the Intelligence says, but can we believe it?

Germanium must have meant something in the 1960s, but to me it just sounds like a muddled pronunciation of 'geranium'. What a germanium circuit is, well is it germane? Who knows?!

Evans is played very well, fully to develop suspicion but always with the right words, the right strategy to seem not to be the traitor. From episode to episode one is never sure! The watcher at the time would not know it was not Lethbridge-Stewart, that is a disadvantage the fan has in watching this. "I can assure you it's not me, McCrimmon" he says when Jamie fancies him as the traitor. It would have had a greater power of the moment at the time, when the viewer was not sure.

The supporting cast are great, given that most of them are soldier types. 'Staff' Arnold is a great resilient character.

We see the Doctor playing the Skye Boat Song on his recorder, a so-called typical Second Doctor scene, for all that we rarely actually get to see and hear this happen. Seeing it is a rare treat.

There is some amusing dialogue, such as Jamie asking the Doctor
"How do I know if I've got the right one?"
"You'll soon know if you haven't got the right one"
the Doctor replies, raising a wry grin and giggle in the viewer.

I didn't really notice the lack of special features, though it would have been nice to have had some colour snaps, and colour footage made whilst filming, but if such do not exist, they cannot be included. A retrospective on the filming would have been interesting, but how many people remain alive, it must be a small number. That is the only drawback in having a classic rediscovered so late in the day!
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Gabriella
Gabriella
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5.0 out of 5 stars A very enjoyable romp!, 7 Feb 2014
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Classic modern erotica, tastefully done and very well written. Gabriella is a very enjoyable romp and deserves every success. Recommended.


Doctor Who - Battlefield [DVD] [1989]
Doctor Who - Battlefield [DVD] [1989]
Dvd ~ Sylvester McCoy
Price: £6.90

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A 1980s classic, 7 Feb 2014
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There's nothing not to love about Battlefield. It has McCoy and Sophie Aldred's Ace on top form, it has an ageing but still spry Brigadier, plus new international UNIT characters, and its got armoured knights from a parallel dimension who think the Doctor is Merlin! The twist that the Doctor from either the future or an alternate reality has left messages to himself is very well done, and the story is immense fun, as well as being visually spectacular.
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Doctor Who - The Keys Of Marinus [DVD] [1964]
Doctor Who - The Keys Of Marinus [DVD] [1964]
Dvd ~ William Hartnell
Price: £5.60

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely excellent!, 7 Feb 2014
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In a way this story can be seen as a fore-runner to Tom Baker's Key to Time, but here it is done as a six-parter self-contained story. Each episode has its own drama and mystery, and the sets are excellent. The supporting cast is top form, and the monster whilst on the one hand a man in a rubber suit is sufficiently unexplained to leave his exact nature uncertain. The court trial at the end would grace Perry Mason!
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