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Shadow Star Volume 7: Victim's Eyes, Assailant's Hands: Victim's Eyes, Assailant's Hands v. 7
Shadow Star Volume 7: Victim's Eyes, Assailant's Hands: Victim's Eyes, Assailant's Hands v. 7
by Mohiro Kitoh
Edition: Paperback
Price: 10.43

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars More poor manga labelling from Amazon., 1 Feb 2006
This is actually volume 7 of the excellent Shadow Star series, not volume 6 as advertised. Remember to check carefully before ordering any book in a series.
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Hitman 2: Silent Assassin (PS2)
Hitman 2: Silent Assassin (PS2)
Offered by GameExplorers
Price: 10.42

6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Creeps up on you...and rips open your throat with a garotte!, 28 Feb 2003
I started playing this after Vice City, and at first I couldn't believe how dull it seemed - no pedestrians to run over, no wandering off to blow off an old lady's head with a sniper rifle...
But after a while, something strange happened. I found myself holding my breath as I sneaked up behind a Russian soldier with a length of fibre wire in my gloved hands. I prayed silently to the gods of computer game worlds as I hid behind a crate and Afghan soldiers ran franticly to and fro, searching for me. I waited for what seemed like hours for the perfect opportunity to pick off a single guard with a high-powered sniper rifle.
The rigid structure of the game actually conceals a great deal of depth, and though it might seem limited, there are a great number of different ways to approach each mission, from the mass murderer approach (one that gets less and less effective at higher difficulty levels) to the ultra-cool (and near-impossible) 'silent assassin' method. The replay value is also greater than it might first appear, with the option to collect any weapons you can steal during the course of a mission, and the lure of improving your overall rating.
The gameplay itself is brilliant. At first you'll be irritated by having to use stealth instead of brute force, but the guards (and civilians) behave so realistically that after a while you'll be worrying if they can see your condensing breath as you hide behind a wall in frosty St Petersburg...
In short, stick with it, and prepare for much creeping, hiding, throat slicing fun!

The Lost Land
The Lost Land
by Eavan Boland
Edition: Paperback
Price: 7.95

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Study of a poet finding her voice, 27 Nov 2001
This review is from: The Lost Land (Paperback)
Eavan Boland has moved from the margins of the literary world into far less twilight regions. The effect on her poetry has been mixed, but this collection probably represents the best meeting between her early, slightly unfocussed passion and her later, sharper works. My own preference in this bisected book is towards the later poems such as 'Heroic' and 'Happiness'. These deal with the themes that Boland has been interested in all her life, those of language and history, nation and gender, but they do it in a way that shows a far greater grasp of the complexities involved than a poem such as 'Unheroic' which lapses, at times, into easy sentimentality. Her language and command of structure are also more advanced, bringing across her concerns with more subtlety, with the result that they are far more impressive works which justify intense and repeated readings.
The way in which this collection has been put togther makes it a very good introduction to the poetic work of Eavan Boland.

Writing and Difference (Routledge Classics)
Writing and Difference (Routledge Classics)
by Jacques Derrida
Edition: Paperback
Price: 12.87

55 of 59 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Dense, difficult, and fantastically rewarding, 27 Nov 2001
Do not approach this book as you would, say, a reader or an anthology of Derrida's work. This is a dense collection of essays, and at a glance you are liable to be overwhelmed, as I was, by his references, his language and his style. Alan Bass has done a tremendous job of translating Derrida's notoriously playful text, rendering it as clear as possible without undermining the complexity and intertextuality that is so necessary to its flow. This does not mean, however, that it is by any means easy to read. Be prepared to grapple with it and to be frustrated, to re-read a paragraph or sentence several times and still be confused. This is deliberate, although Derrida is not as sadistically obtuse as many critics have damned him as being. Instead, this difficult prose style is intended to make the reader examine the interplay between himself and what he reads, to question the authority of the text, to realise how much we take for granted when we engage in the act of reading.
If you have already come across Derrida's essay 'Structure, Sign and Play' and are intrigued, then this book offers the next logical step, but be prepared. Unless you are superhumanly familiar with the works of Husserl, Edmond Jabes and Foucault, then many of the references here will leave you running to catch up. Get past this, however, and you will find your conceptions about the world challenged in a way that they never have before.
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The Ballad of HMS Belfast: A Compendium of Belfast Poems: Selected Poems
The Ballad of HMS Belfast: A Compendium of Belfast Poems: Selected Poems
by Ciaran Carson
Edition: Paperback

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The creative and destructive language of a city., 22 Nov 2001
'The Ballad of HMS Belfast' collects Carson's poetry about Belfast from over a decade of prolific writing. He should not be seen simply as a 'Belfast', or even a 'Troubles' poet, but it is in the exploration of the city and its nature that his concerns about language, violence and life find their fullest expression. He is justifiably famous for poems like 'Belfast Confetti', which attempts to describe the way in which violence proscribes conventional language, and "The Irish for No", which examines the relationship between maps, history, memory, and Northern Ireland's fraught language conflict. Both these poems are the title-works of other collections, but brought together here with the other poems in this anthology they are thrown into a new light.
The style of the poems hovers somewhere between a very immediate idiosyncratic speech and a more formal, 'poetic' diction. The long line lengths (for which Carson's later work especially is known) create the impression that we are listening to an overheard pub conversation, full of familiar references and private jokes, yet on closer analysis they prove to be replete with meaning and with an almost lyrical quality in the sound and rythm of the words.
The Belfast that emerges from these poems is very far from the stereotypes in which it is usually described. The violence, the constant presence of the security forces, and the sectarianism all play their part, but they form part of an ever-changing map of the city, a map that is created day to day by the very real, very human narrators of Carson's poems.

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