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Pebble in the Sky
Pebble in the Sky
by Isaac Asimov
Edition: Paperback

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3.0 out of 5 stars marred by a great deal of pedestrian inaction, 20 Aug. 2014
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This review is from: Pebble in the Sky (Paperback)
An intriguing start to this first Asimov novel, marred by a great deal of pedestrian inaction, and spoilt by a final moment of suspense-of-disbelief that annoyed rather than built a satisfying conclusion of tension. Asimov is an excellent storyteller and particularly in building story through dialogue. But in this, the dialogue was less of a well-crafted structural device for propelling the story than it was a barrier to building any tension, and by the time the final turning point arrived it was akin to someone letting the air out of a particularly saggy balloon at the stage in the party where only the few die-hards are left lolling about amongst the litter strewn about as apparent evidence of a good time, as always hoped for, but really the picture telling of a sad fizzle of events soonest departed from. Shame - but... we all have to start somewhere, somehow. I still - and always will - love Asimov, the father of great science fiction.

I'm Starved for You: Positron, Episode 1
I'm Starved for You: Positron, Episode 1

3.0 out of 5 stars why then not - when limited resources are the privilege of the 'rich nation' and criminality all that remains for the poor - see, 20 Aug. 2014
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Steamy thematic and character introduction in a new setting of Margaret Atwood's predilection for dystopia. Her solution proposed here equates to a damning of capitalism's entrenched and inevitable 'two nations' outcome; we see it's germinal throws now in the high-security residential enclaves in such as Mexico City; why then not - when limited resources are the privilege of the 'rich nation' and criminality all that remains for the poor - see such institutionalised by government? Consilience is the consequence of governments' inadequacy in caring for people, where greedy self-interest and the lack of humanitarianism have become societal status quo. Looking forward to the next installment, trusting things kick off.

Rugby World Cup 2003: The Final [DVD]
Rugby World Cup 2003: The Final [DVD]

1.0 out of 5 stars Very poor product, 18 Feb. 2013
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A very poor, disappointing product.

My sons and I were reminiscing about the 2003 Rugby World Cup and bought this full game version along with the official all matches highlights version. We watched the build-up of the highlights of the rounds, quarters and semis on the official DVD - all as we watched them in 2003 on TV - and then switched to this DVD for the full final.

What a huge disappointment!

There are 2 versions on disc 2:

1. Widescreen Movie: an eye-level version with Australian commentators. This has a number of flaws:
- there is no panascopic field view (as we are used to on normal televised viewing), instead it follows the action close-up, as though you were on the field, which very quickly hurts to watch and loses all context of the play and misses some of the key action too!
- this is advertised on the menu as widescreen, but whichever video format you select on your HD TV, the image is scrunched up; truly poor quality
2. Johno's Final: a normal televised reproduction, commentated by Martin Johnson (again with the Australian commentary occasionally in the background). This disappoints because:
- the video quality is awful! Especially on full field action. It's like watching old pixelated games in zoom view
- Johnson's recollections and insights add interest, but the occasional PIP of him obscures the action in play

I advise not to bother with this poor bag of disappointments, which doesn't do the event any justice. It is a con.

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