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Olympus Binocular 10x50 DPS-1
Olympus Binocular 10x50 DPS-1
Price: £57.21

51 of 58 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Quality optics at a reasonable price, 12 Jan 2011
The optics are bright and clear which I expected from Olympus.

The body is surprisingly robust - OK its not heavy duty, or waterproof but I was looking at twice the price for these features. I plan to use them for Astronomy, so they'll mostly be used at home - toughness and waterproof casing is really not required.

In summary - good quality optics without the frills at a very reasonable price. Recommended.
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The Host [DVD]
The Host [DVD]
Dvd ~ Kang-Ho Song
Offered by streetsahead
Price: £4.33

2 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars The Host without the most, 2 Jan 2011
This review is from: The Host [DVD] (DVD)
This film does have some plus points even if it is ultimately nothing better than "ok".

It's heroes are fallible bordering on incompetent which renders them pleasant to watch. Then again, the pace of the movie doesn't allow their characters to be very well developed - to the point that I didn't care enough what became of them.

Ditto with the monster. In other tales you are able to dislike the monster or possibly feel sorry for it. I felt nothing for this monster.

Put the two together and you've got characters that you're not that bothered about in conflict with a monster that you're not bothered about - all filmed in a pretty bleak style.

The effects are, however, good and I didn't find that I was being asked to suspend my disbelief beyond reason.

In short, it's not a bad way to spend a couple of hours (particularly when your brain's tired). I'm happy that I watched it but even happier that I bought it in the sale.

Fantastic Four - Rise Of The Silver Surfer [2007] [DVD]
Fantastic Four - Rise Of The Silver Surfer [2007] [DVD]
Dvd ~ Ioan Gruffudd
Offered by DVDBayFBA
Price: £2.99

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Simple light-entertainment., 18 Oct 2007
I doubt many people approach a Fantastic 4 movie expecting a serious piece of film-making. It would seem churlish therefore to write an in depth criticism.

The story is simple and the four characters remain one-dimensional, with only the Human Torch (Chris Evans) providing significant entertainment value.

Whilst this sequel does not significantly improve on the original, it continues to look great and if you take it for what it is then it's an enjoyable piece of nonsense.

I liked it because it's not trying to be anything other than a light-hearted piece of family entertainment and at a touch under an hour and a half its just the right length to avoid any serious criticism.

Spider-Man 3 (2-Disc Edition) [DVD] [2007]
Spider-Man 3 (2-Disc Edition) [DVD] [2007]
Dvd ~ Tobey Maguire
Offered by DVD Overstocks
Price: £4.34

0 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good but could have been great., 18 Oct 2007
Whilst not as impressive as its predecessors, fans of these will enjoy watching the continuation of the on-off Pete & MJ saga and the fact that the film looks great and remains faithful in style.

Unfortunately, the story has just too many sub-plots and consequently loses direction. This problem not helped by the introduction of two villains rather than one, neither of which is given sufficient screen time or characterisation.

The final battle scene has so much going on as to render it difficult to watch and even more difficult to care about.

I remember coming out of the cinema disappointed. When I viewed the movie again on DVD, my expectations were managed and I found that the movie was actually an enjoyable way to spend a couple of hours.

I wouldn't pay full whack but this is a good one to pick up in the sales.

Life Of Pi
Life Of Pi
by Yann Martel
Edition: Paperback
Price: £7.19

4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Diversion at its best, 16 Dec 2006
This review is from: Life Of Pi (Paperback)
If a book is designed to transport the reader to a different world, then this book casts you adrift in a small boat shared by a thirteen year old Indian boy, a Bengal tiger, a zebra, a hyena and an orangutan.

The cover tells you as much so you don't find yourself being asked to suspend your disbelief as the premise is ridiculous to start with. One reviewer levies the criticism that "the theme and contents of this book are so utterly preposterous". This is true but is also the reason why I love this book.

This book is different. It is as unique as it is charming.

People grant it higher philosophical meanings and that's great if that's your thing. It can also be nothing other than a wonderful read that you're likely to finish in one or two blissful sittings.

Bangkok Tattoo (Sonchai Jitpleecheep 2)
Bangkok Tattoo (Sonchai Jitpleecheep 2)
by John Burdett
Edition: Paperback

4 of 12 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars So rubbish it's almost worth reading, 15 Dec 2006
The sleeve of this book is laden with reviews from respectable newspapers that heap praise and critical acclaim upon Bangkok Tattoo. These reviews exhibit a mastery of fiction-writing that the author fails to match.

The story is centered on a corrupt cop who owns a brothel and who uses his Buddhist powers (?) to help solve crime. His effeminate partner wants to become a transsexual.

Sounds great except it is one of the laughably awful books I have ever read. I'm laughing as I type except I don't think it was supposed to be funny.

A theme of the book is how little westerners understand the Thai culture. Apparently Thai culture is all about corrupt cops, prostitutes and ladyboys. Not clichéd then!

In fact the cop lives and works in a brothel, his mother is a former prostitute, his partner is a ladyboy and the other main character is also a prostitute. When the plot leaves Bangkok for the south of the country the author paints the typical scene of the quieter south by describing streets full of prostitutes vying for trade.

Now, just what kind of research did the author do for this book?

This book is so staggeringly bad that it's actually worth taking a look.
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The Mission Song
The Mission Song
by John Le Carré
Edition: Hardcover

8 of 18 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Get on with it!, 15 Dec 2006
This review is from: The Mission Song (Hardcover)
I'd just read the Le Carre novel, `The Constant Gardener' and found that I had looked forward to getting home and settling down to a few more chapters. `The Mission Song' had the opposite effect. Every chapter is read in the hope that it's finally going to get going.

By page 119 nothing had happened and I stopped reading.

My local `Yellow Pages' is more readable than this. In fact, by page 119 I am up to `Bathroom Eqpt' having already digested some fascinating entries on `Abbatoirs', `Blinds & Awnings' and `Barrels'.

Someone will no doubt say that the book ends up being great. If so, may I recommend that you start on page 120. You will pick up the plot in a flash because there isn't one up to that point.

You Are What You Eat : The Plan that Will Change Your Life
You Are What You Eat : The Plan that Will Change Your Life
by Gillian McKeith
Edition: Paperback
Price: £13.48

77 of 91 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Too extreme for most., 25 Oct 2004
There is little doubt that all junk food addicts out there could benefit from following Dr McKeiths advice. You will lose weight and you will feel better. The same could be said, however, of almost every lifestyle book on the market that deals in basic common sense.
Common sense aside, I find the advice given in this book to be radical in the extreme and only suitable for the die hard health food fanatic (who, in all likelihood doesn't need this book).
If you want to spend the rest of your life eating seaweed and beansprouts whilst looking forward to your next enema then this book is for you. Might I suggest, however, that you simply move to California.
Common sense plus lots of nonsense. Avoid.

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