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Creatures of Beauty (Doctor Who)
Creatures of Beauty (Doctor Who)
by Nicholas Briggs
Edition: Audio CD

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Beautiful Story, 8 Dec. 2011
An audio adventure of the 5th Doctor and Nyssa

The story in basic terms is of the doctor landing on a planet that is dying from atmospheric poisoning but the point is more the way it is told than the plot itself.

The story is told in a non-linear format, so can be confusing on a first listen, however after the tale has unfolded all of the points are clear. What I do like is how the story has more than just its non-linear plot as a hook, and also investigates the Doctor's meddling and inability to leave things alone doesnt always make things better, and thoughts on identity.

If listening make sure you are free to concentrate on the tale rather than drift in and out, and it makes this a rewarding listen as the pieces fall into place.

Batman: Year One - Deluxe Edition
Batman: Year One - Deluxe Edition
by Frank Miller
Edition: Paperback

4.0 out of 5 stars Batman Really Begins, 6 Dec. 2011
The telling of Batman's first adventures.

The book by Frank Miller (300, The Dark Knight Returns etc) and David Mazzuchelli tells the story of Bruce Wayne as he returns to Gotham having completed his training.

The story unfolds the origin of his batman persona, Commissioner Gordons climb through the ranks and even brings in early Catwoman. The artwork is dark and gritty reflecting the tale being told, and whilst it may not appeal directly to children there is nothing particularly "adult" in terms of the pictures or story telling.
The story moves at a pace and does feel as if it is the start of something.

This is Batman as he was originally envisioned not the 60's camp TV or the gadget laden super hero.

An essential part of any graphic novel collection.

Super 8 [DVD]
Super 8 [DVD]
Dvd ~ Elle Fanning
Price: £1.70

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars An '80s style family movie, 5 Dec. 2011
This review is from: Super 8 [DVD] (DVD)
As most reivews will say a family film that is obviously a hommage to the 80s. It feels like ET or the Goonies or any other Spielberg film (who also has his name on the credits)

The story is of a small town in America where a group of kids trying to make a film get tied up in a mysterious train crash.

The story is suitable for most of the family but probably a bit too scary for the very young. A good Christmas DVD in that you could have 3 generations sit around and watch it, the pacing is good and the kids acting is not too annoying.

The film isnt set in the present day but doesnt really have any reason for being in the past other than to wallow in a bit of nostalgia.

The Witch from the Well (Doctor Who)
The Witch from the Well (Doctor Who)
by Rick Briggs
Edition: Audio CD
Price: £14.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Lost in Time but not Space, 2 Dec. 2011
An audio adventure of the 8th Doctor with Mary Shelly (author of Frankenstein) as a companion.

The adventure sees the Doctor and Mary tied up with the Witch hunts in 17th century England. As usual whenever the doctor travels back in time aliens have crash landed there.

The story has a good mixture of adventure and character, along with a couple of twists, the main one seemed a little obvious from the start.

However the doctor and his companion carry this well, and whilst not as good as the previous adventure the Silver turk, this does everything a good Doctor who adventure should do.
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The Maltese Penguin (Doctor Who)
The Maltese Penguin (Doctor Who)
by Robert Shearman
Edition: Audio CD
Price: £9.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Not one of the usual suspects., 2 Dec. 2011
This is the audio adventure of Frosbisher the shape changing penguin. I have seen some people have a problem as he isnt an "offical" companion but that shouldnt have any effect on if this is a good adventure.

The story is a Sam Spade/Film Noir pastiche and whilst related to Doctor Who is almost stand alone. The doctor does appear but only briefly.

A played for laugh adventures that uses the audio medium well and one for fans of black and white 30s movies.

The story moves at pace and written to a high standard by the excellent Rob Shearman. Well worth a listen and if you enjoy this investigate the Holy Terror, a different story by the same author.

Transformers: Dark of the Moon [DVD]
Transformers: Dark of the Moon [DVD]
Dvd ~ Shia LaBeouf
Price: £3.00

3.0 out of 5 stars Rock'em Sock'em Robots, 1 Dec. 2011
The 3rd live action Transformers film.

You dont need to have seen the first 2 films to watch this one but it will help with some character.

The story is another adventure of giant robots fighting in impressive scenes but as with previous films the human elements are much less impressive. Megan Foxs replacement is no real bonus in terms of character unless you simply prefer blondes.

The adventure is made for the big screen and fights can be hard to keep track of. In conclusion a good summer blockbuster that you dont need to think to hard about.

Professor Moriarty: The Hound of the DUrbervilles (Professor Moriarty Novels)
Professor Moriarty: The Hound of the DUrbervilles (Professor Moriarty Novels)
by Kim Newman
Edition: Paperback
Price: £7.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Holmes through the looking glass, 29 Nov. 2011
A series of short stories mimicing Watsons telling of Sherlock Holmes adventures but this time its the adventures of Moriarty from the point of view of "Basher" Moran his right hand man.

The book tells a number of short stories of Moriarty's various ingenious crimes. Whilst the stories are stand alone, a number of Holme's adventures are mentioned, and the book also brings in characters from a number of literary and other sources and whilst the book does make some of them clear you would need to be very well read to pick them all up.

The stories are clever twists on existing adventures, for example the Red Planet League.

If you are a fan of Holmes then worth getting to see the other side of the coin. If not you will probably be missing something from this book.

The Adventures of Tintin: Volume 1 (Compact Editions): "Tintin in the Land of the Soviets", "Tintin in the Congo" v. 1 (The Adventures of Tintin - Compact Editions)
The Adventures of Tintin: Volume 1 (Compact Editions): "Tintin in the Land of the Soviets", "Tintin in the Congo" v. 1 (The Adventures of Tintin - Compact Editions)
by Hergé
Edition: Hardcover

2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The start of an era, 11 Nov. 2011
A hardback reprint of the first two Tintin adventures Tintin in the land of the Soviets and Tintin in the Congo.

The first In the land of the soviets is a black and white adventure, that was originally serialised in a Belgian newspaper, and the pacing shows, with regular cliff hangers. The art is more basic than later adventures and shows how Herge's style has matured and improved. The story is very anti-communist for reasons that are worth further investigating.

Whilst the first adventure is anti-soviet, the second issue whilst less anti-political is definitly of its time, to be generous to it, there are racial overturns as Tintin plays the big white man against the poor natives. (This adventure is in colour in both senses of the word) Whilst the rest of Tintin's adventures are for all ages, this needs to either be read with some understanding or maturity, so perhaps not for younger tintin fans.

However negative feedback from this did make Herge research his books better and later stories are generally much more positive than the first two.

Worthwhile purchases for completeness sake.

Senna [DVD] [2010]
Senna [DVD] [2010]
Dvd ~ Ayrton Senna
Offered by best_value_entertainment
Price: £3.18

5.0 out of 5 stars Worth a place on your podium, 9 Nov. 2011
This review is from: Senna [DVD] [2010] (DVD)
This is a documentary telling the life and career of Ayrton Senna. The film does this using historic footage with comentary from people that knew him over the top.

Whilst this is a story about a man in formula one, you dont need to be a fan of the sport or of the man to appreciate just how well this is put together. Whilst the documentary moves towards its inevitable end, the footage gives a feel of the life of the racing driver. It shows a man determined to win sometime at any cost, facing death and dealing with the pressure.

Towards the end of the film there is a section of in car footage that not only gives a feel of the speed, but knowing what is coming gives the section an extra level of tension.

Probably one of the greatest documentaries I have ever seen. I Couldn't recommend it highly enough.

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 [DVD] [2011]
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 [DVD] [2011]
Dvd ~ Daniel Radcliffe
Price: £5.25

4.0 out of 5 stars The end, 8 Nov. 2011
The final Harry Potter film.

if you have seen everything before this, then little reason not to see the last part, but not the place to start your Harry Potter watching.

The final film is split into two parts and this ties up most of the threads from both the previous film and the story as a whole.

Whilst the films despite their length dont have the detail of the books, the final battle remains spectacular, and whilst tinged with sadness, the bad guys get their commupance and as you would expect from all the way back at the first adventure it comes down to Harry and Voldemort.

If you have grown up with Harry, Ron, Hermione, Neville, Seamus, Ginny and the rest of Hogwarts this is an fitting end to a generation.

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