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Harry Potter Paperback Box Set: Four Volumes
Harry Potter Paperback Box Set: Four Volumes
by J.K. Rowling
Edition: Paperback

94 of 117 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic books, 7 Nov 2001
However, for those that haven't yet entered into Harry's world, you should know that there are, in fact, seven planned books, so buying the four book set would be a little odd. seeing as the other three (when you buy them) would have to be loose. I love the stories, but this 'collection' is a bit of a cash in, and you'd be better off buying them all in hardback, or perhaps waiting for the eventual 'complete collection.'
I'd actually advise waiting until all 7 are released before staring to read, as these books are so addictive you quickly become frustrated when you've finished what there is so far!


The Bends
The Bends
Offered by DVD Overstocks
Price: £4.89

22 of 25 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars How to convey the brilliance?, 25 Aug 2001
This review is from: The Bends (Audio CD)
Still pretty much speechless about the magnificence of this record, even after the amount of time it has spent in my CD player. Quite literally no other piece of music in my not small collection has a guaranteed play at least once a week. In particularly emotional periods of my life that turns into constant play, with the album constantly swinging me through emotions of thoughtful melancholia to purest bliss (prime examples being the sweet crescendo building Fake Plastic Trees followed by Bones, the lovely understated Nice Dream followed by the quick fix and suprisingly deep Just, and then the divine Bullet Proof followed by the heartbreakingly wonderful Black Star). This truly is an album that can seemingly bring meaning back to anyone's life, that anything can be so awe ispiringly beautiful is reason enough to carry on living - even heaven can't offer this perfection. I could easily write a 1000 word review about any song on this album, and when I have the time I likely will, in the singles reviews. No other album can so accurately drill a whole into the psyche than the Bends. It feels as if Thom Yorke knows me, knows exactly how I'm feeling all the time. Black Star has become my anthem for life, despite my originally believing it to bew one of the weaker songs on the album. Each and every song is a work of art, and this album will never be supersceded, even Radiohead at their peak weren't this good, the album transcends them. It transcends all of us, and anyone without it has a hole in their life.


American Psycho (Film Tie-In)
American Psycho (Film Tie-In)
by Bret Easton Ellis
Edition: Paperback
Price: £8.99

19 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars fantastically written, but hard to read, 25 Aug 2001
Only very few people will be gripped by this book in the same way as other comparable novels (Fight Club springs to mind with its similar satirical twinges, and with it being on the side of my screen), mainly due to the often monotonous tone of the lengthy passages reffering to all manner of trivial thoughts running through the protaganists mind. Many of the previous reviews complained about this, calling it boring, and an over-used technique. They are, of course, wrong, and I, of course, am right. These repetitive monologues are the defining force in hammering down Bateman's shallow, and often confused persona, as well as satirising the eighties yuppie perfectly - creating a character that believes he knows what good taste is, believes it to be incredibly important to have it, thinks he has it, thinks that other people thinks that he has it, and yet is misleading himself completely, and in doing so, tells the reader exactly how superficial (sp?) people in situations similar to Bateman's were. Unfortunately, despite being, in my humble opinion, a classic of modern fiction in telling a truly tragic tale in a unique manner, in doing so the book has become a very daunting prospect. The first time I read it, the first few hundred pages bored me completely, and only the murders actually held my attention particularly well. However, coming back to it with a will to really take the book in (btw watching the film Wall Street before hand is a help in understanding the true nature of Bateman and the eighties) helped me to appreciate it more fully. I can't say that I understand the book completely even now, unlike some of the others I am not convinced with the wholly fantastical ending, or even the true relevance of Patrick's relationship with Evelyn. A previous reviewer said that he read it while on the train. I do not recommend this. Sit down in a quiet room and focus all your attention on the book (cliched maybe, but you'll apprectiate it). It may well suck you right in.
Some find the content of this book amazing, some disgusting. I say it is both, but the literary panache will take some beating. An excellent book.


Civilization: Call to Power II
Civilization: Call to Power II

6 of 41 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars turn-based = yukk, 15 Aug 2001
this game, as well as all its predescessors rely on an increasingly ageing turn based format. every article, feature or review i read mentions that these games are graphically immature and will run on a pc from the stone age due to its turn based nature. they say this as if it is a good thing. i am now going to go against pretty much everyone and say that it is not a good thing. turn based games have no place in an industry where hardware can support so much more. most of the ideas that have been passed down since the original civ are fantastic, but they simply need updating. imagine age of empires zoomed out by a factor of a hundred, where armies can be assaulted while they are moving, and wounded legions can crawl back to their home city as enemy horsemen pursue in real time. ambitious it would be, but our computers can handle it, so why can't developers. i would like to make clear that i am not asking for civ to metamorphisise into age of empires or even the fantastic looking empire earth. it could remain the same game, but instead of turns their would be a continous clock, that you could speed up in quiet times in a manner similar to imperium galactica 2 or the x-com games. actually - ig2 is exactly the kind of interface i would like to see implemented into civ. everyone who's interested in a much more advanced and impressive strategy game should check this out as well and imagine what the heaven that civ and ig2 combined could be
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Planescape Torment - White Label Range (PC CD)
Planescape Torment - White Label Range (PC CD)

10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars beyond ratings, 2 Aug 2001
some dismiss this game as being too gothic and perhaps a little self indulgent, i confess when i first saw this on the shelves i was one of them. however, any thoughts are entirely misplaced as this is truly one of the most beautifully told and endearing RPGs ever created. so much more personal than even baldur's gate, you actually learn with your character, and sitting in front of my computer screen it seems like i can almost feel his emotions. better still, your character is entirely your own responsibility and the choices that you make will have repercusions more convincing than in any other game i have ever experienced - yes, even black and white. the story is truly fantastic, and your identity is revealed in an infinitely more subtle and well paced manner than BG, which was actually pretty obvious in retrospect. this game will test you in different ways than you may expect, particularly in your relationships with hundreds of NPCs, how you approach and converse with them, nad what course of action you decide on regarding them. there is no predefined 'wrong route' in this game, and being an immortal of sorts you cannot die, so in many respects this could be compared more to a point and click game heavy in dialogue, such as the longest journey, rather than the more combat orientated BG or icewind dale (ergh!).
if you've read all of that, then i'd say you have to buy this game. if you've just skipped to this little summary then you probably won't have the patience to deal with its vastly complicated character interactions and rarely boring plot. perhaps three words sum it all up. I LOVE IT. and you will too, trust me


Demon Lord Of Karanda: (Malloreon 3) (The Malloreon (TW))
Demon Lord Of Karanda: (Malloreon 3) (The Malloreon (TW))
by David Eddings
Edition: Paperback

1 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars why o why, 2 May 2001
all of eddings books seem to be basically the same, with a group of adventurers trekking across unknown lands. however, this is one of his best, bringing new ideas into the series with the introduction of demons and the king of hell (why wasn't this elaborated on??!!). i'd say it was second best after pawn of prophecy. worth reading


Seeress Of Kell: (Malloreon 5) (The Malloreon (TW))
Seeress Of Kell: (Malloreon 5) (The Malloreon (TW))
by David Eddings
Edition: Paperback

2 of 14 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars nothing new, 2 May 2001
its ok, but too similar to the ending of the begariad, the elenium and the tamuli. all eddings books seem to revolve around the same theme (redemption of athalus may be different, i haven't read it yet), he needs to think up a new theme rather than just regurgitating the "supreme beings at war" idea.


Pawn Of Prophecy: Book One Of The Belgariad (The Belgariad (TW))
Pawn Of Prophecy: Book One Of The Belgariad (The Belgariad (TW))
by David Eddings
Edition: Paperback

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars hmm, 2 May 2001
engrossing while i read it, but it retrospect the entire series seems quite contrived and repetitive. excellent character development and personality, but not as subtle as better authors, eg tolkien, mccaffrey


Riven - The Sequel to Myst
Riven - The Sequel to Myst

5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars please, 17 April 2001
to anyone who buys this game, DO NOT try and rush through it, going to every location as fast as you can and clicking on anything. this is NOT the way to play it, i did, and now i really regret it. riven is a game that really has to be savoured, take your time, enjoy every single screen, and actually make the effort to try and understand what is going on, rather than just blundering about. the story is absolutely fantastic, the puzzles seem horrendously difficult, but think about them, and you'll realise that they're all logical and make some kind of slightly abstract sense. i really hope that i forget all the solutions to this game, as then replaying it (as i inevitably will in a year or twos time) will be much more enjoyable, and then i'll get to do it right.


The Myst: Book of D'Ni
The Myst: Book of D'Ni
by David Wingrove
Edition: Mass Market Paperback

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars almost, but not quite, 17 April 2001
mike of magna got it just about spot on. i played and loved the two games, then i read and loved the first two books. this next installment tried to do something more by updating the setting and telling a different story. i'm sorry but it just doesn't work. sure its quite well written, and there aren't any gaping holes in the plot, but it just isn't as gripping as the other two were. the story tries to be too much, but lacks the essential epic scale that made the other two, particularly the book of t'iana, so fantastic. two stars for being nearly there.


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