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God is Not Great: How Religion Poisons Everything
God is Not Great: How Religion Poisons Everything
by Christopher Hitchens
Edition: Paperback
Price: 6.99

4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic!, 7 Jun 2012
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What a well written, witty, observant, interesting, engaging, fair-minded and reasonable book this is. By far one of the best things I have read in ages. Regardless of your viewpoint, this is how a book should be written. It shows a beautiful depth of knowledge in the author as well as a wealth of experience. It is insightful and poignant. It is also witty and cutting.

It is a critique of organised religion, not an attack on it. And best of all it is written with the atheist's motto in mind: "We don't mind what you believe and do (within the law), so please leave us alone as well".


School Wars: The Battle for Britain's Education
School Wars: The Battle for Britain's Education
by Melissa Benn
Edition: Paperback
Price: 9.77

1 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Well Meaning, 7 Jun 2012
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This book strikes me as a missed opportunity.

Having finished reading it recently I was left with a feeling of great anti-climax. This book starts full of vim and vigour, principled and grounded, it makes good points, provides good evidence and sets you up for a great read.

By the end I was reading for the sake of finishing the book, cracks began to appear in the reasoning and evidence and some of the statements made are just sheer personal opinion. While I tend to agree with that opinion, this should either be an opinion piece, or a seriously researched academic piece. In the end, it is neither for me.

Don't get me wrong, it's worth a read, but this book will probably appeal more to interested parents and carers or active volunteers and school governors than it will to teaching staff and academics.


Lie to Me: Season 2 [DVD]
Lie to Me: Season 2 [DVD]
Dvd ~ Tim Roth
Price: 11.75

4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent, but..., 7 Jun 2012
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This review is from: Lie to Me: Season 2 [DVD] (DVD)
Lie to Me is great and from the first episode, I was hooked. I watched the first season on a borrowed DVD and was persuaded to buy the second season for myself. I wasn't disappointed. It is a very funny, very engaging programme. However, by the end of season 2 cracks are starting to appear. You sometimes will find yourself thinking "Didn't they do this one already?" and they lose the charm of the first season which was that the characters were very simple and it was the story that mattered. Also, gratuitous political statements wedged in by over-zealous writers become more noticeable.

Well worth the money. Top quality programme. Don't be too disappointed if it starts to seem a bit "samey" towards the end.


The Borgias - Season 1 [DVD]
The Borgias - Season 1 [DVD]
Dvd ~ Jeremy Irons
Price: 10.99

0 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Average, 7 Jun 2012
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Since I bought this a couple of months ago, the price has come down by 15%. I'm not surprised. It's okay. That's about it really. The plot relies on you just knowing several things that you probably don't without prior research and I found it quite hard to follow - not because of the acting, but because it didn't really give me any reason to!

It is well acted and the costumes and sets are lavish. It tried to carry on where the success of the Tudors left off. Unfortunately it falls well short of that and it seems like a wasted opportunity. Give it another couple of months and this will be in the 9.99 category. Buy it then.


Worms Double Pack - Worms 2 & Armageddon (PC)
Worms Double Pack - Worms 2 & Armageddon (PC)

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Cheap Tat, 12 Sep 2011
= Fun:1.0 out of 5 stars 
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You get what you pay for. Worms 2 crashes a lot and Armageddon doesn't work at all after the starting menus.

This is a problem I have found several times before with SoldOut Software games. They can be very hit-and-miss.

It's not all that much more to buy then from the original, trusted company and I will be doing so in future.
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Dante's Cove - Series 2 [2006] [DVD]
Dante's Cove - Series 2 [2006] [DVD]
Dvd ~ Gregory Michael
Price: 6.09

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another Great Series, 1 Jun 2008
WOW! I loved the first series enough to buy this one and I wasn't disappointed. The first season left off on a cliffhanger more intruiging than "who shot JR" (maybe I exaggerate a little) so I had to buy series two and this gem just gets better and better. The cast is more interesting, the plot is better, the lightning effects machine is being given a bit of a rest.
If you bought the first, then buy the second, you shouldn't even be wasting time reading reviews, you should be frantically clicking "BUY". And if you haven't seen the first series then why not? Buy them both. This is possibly my favourite gay/sci-fi/soap-opera ever!


Dante's Cove - Series 1 [DVD]
Dante's Cove - Series 1 [DVD]
Dvd ~ Gregory Michael
Price: 5.99

10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Guilty pleasure, 1 Jun 2008
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The description of Dante's Cove is spot on: A guilty pleasure. If you're looking for Oscar-winning performances and directing in the leagues of Kubrick, Tarentino or Spielberg then look elsewhere, but this is one of the best buys I have ever made. This series isn't deep, meaningful or enlightening: it is great value trash that you can watch again and again and again.
Ignore the fact that Dante's Cove has only two symbols on the weather chart: sunny or lightning. Ignore the time-filling clips which leave you wondering whether what you've seen is a flashback or if you've got to that bit yet, or thinking "I've seen that chest before". Ignore all these things and take it for what it is:

Good value trash that you don't need to think too hard about. The ultimate guilty pleasure.


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