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QI: The Book of General Ignorance (The Noticeably Stouter Edition)
QI: The Book of General Ignorance (The Noticeably Stouter Edition)
by John Mitchinson
Edition: Paperback
Price: £7.99

72 of 75 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars It's QI - What more do you want?, 17 Feb. 2010
If like me, you look forward to every episode of QI on TV and even watch copious reruns of it on Dave, then you will doubtless enjoy this book immensely.
It is packed with all the memorable nuggets of general ignorance expanded with all the reference information for good measure.
Some of the facts are debatable, of that I am pretty sure, but it is definitely the type of book you won't want to put down until you've read the lot.
One side point worth knowing: if you (again, like me) purchased the original book of general ignorance, you will find this one is the same as the original with about 20 or so extra subjects. If you haven't bought the original, buy this instead.

Battle Studies
Battle Studies
Price: £6.84

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not as good as Continuum..., 9 Dec. 2009
This review is from: Battle Studies (Audio CD)
I am a huge fan of John Mayer ever since the very first album Room for Squares. I have seen him in concert (fairly recently at Brixton Academy) and genuinely love the Continuum album. My Top Ten favourite track of all time by any artist is "Daughters" by John Mayer (partly because I have a 4 year old daughter and I'm a big softy for that kind of overt sentimentality). However, as much as I was looking forward to Battle Studies and bought it the day it was released, I've got to say it's not his best stuff.
Who knows? It may well grow on me. But the first time I listened to it, I found myself flicking through the tracks, thinking, hmmm, not great - what's next?
It's certainly a lower tempo, low key sort of album, and if you love the rock guitar elements of his last album and the Trio stuff, then you are going to feel a little disappointed.
It's a grower I'm sure, but like I said, not his best album, I'm afraid.
Get it for the collection for sure, but if you're new to Mr. Mayer it may well put you off. Go and buy his last album instead and crank up "Bold As Love". That is definitely worth recommending!

Finnegans Wake (Penguin Modern Classics)
Finnegans Wake (Penguin Modern Classics)
by James Joyce
Edition: Paperback
Price: £12.08

16 of 35 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars huh?, 10 May 2009
In an attempt to explain Finnegans Wake to the uninitiated, I suggest one takes a websters dictionary and cut out every single word and place the strips of paper into a tall hat. Add to this hat a collection of invented and misspelled words. Stir the contents with a long stick and scatter over several hundred pages. Congratulations, you have just written a tome to equal that of James Joyce epic novel. I have endeavored to make any sense of Finnegans Wake and despite all suggestions that it is work of sublime inventive fiction I am still resolved to conclude that it is evidence of a writers' mental breakdown. 'Gobbledy-gook' doesn't begin to describe this nonsense. Don't be tempted to invest time and money in it.
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Zondervan's Pictorial Bible Dictionary (Zondervan Classic Reference) (Zondervan Classic Reference Series)
Zondervan's Pictorial Bible Dictionary (Zondervan Classic Reference) (Zondervan Classic Reference Series)
by J.D. Douglas
Edition: Hardcover

5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A vast encyclopaedia of knowledge, 28 Feb. 2009
This classic book gives detailed information concerning biblical geographical places, bible characters and a summary and brief discussion of the bible books. Over all it treats each entry with a secular historical view looking at archaeological artifacts to reinforce the bible canon, although in places, by way of a short essay from a religious contributor, doctrine and dogma are focussed on with catholic bias. The book is printed enitirely in black and white but does not detract from its wealth of pictures, prints and photographs on each page. It refers constantly to bible scripture and frequently uses God's name in relation to the OT. I would recommend this book to any serious bible student as an adddition to his library.

Mamma Mia! The Movie [DVD] [2008]
Mamma Mia! The Movie [DVD] [2008]
Dvd ~ Meryl Streep
Offered by DVDBayFBA
Price: £4.21

17 of 25 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Without exaggeration - the worst film ever made., 5 Jan. 2009
It seems any negative review of this film gets instant dismissal, however, I cannot understand why fans of Abba would enjoy this film and non-fans would put themselves through such torture. Musically speaking this film is a train-wreck, the actors cannot sing and if this is done for comedic effect, well, this is lost on me. The whole story is geared around the by-gone promiscuity of the meryl streep character and the daughter endeavouring to discover her true father. That's it. I have saved you time and money. I had to endure the entirety of this film and when it finished was left dumbstruck as to the possible cause of its recent popularity. It is by far the worst film ever made and I am including 'Grumpy Old Men 2' and 'The Happening' in this summary. Please avoid this film for the love of humanity and the preservation of all that is good and decent left in this world.

Why Don't Penguins' Feet Freeze?: And 114 Other Questions (New Scientist)
Why Don't Penguins' Feet Freeze?: And 114 Other Questions (New Scientist)
by New Scientist
Edition: Paperback
Price: £6.39

61 of 104 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Still none the wiser..., 2 Dec. 2006
The answers to the posed questions (some of which are pretty stupid - why are dog's noses black?) are 'answered' by readers of the magazine New Scientist. Often they differ and so you are left still wondering what the true answer is. Also they seem to be answered by pipe-smoking-bearded-cardigan-wearing-math-teachers-from-the-isle-of-man who when posed with the question "why is the sky on a clear day blue?", rather than answer simply about light passing through the atmosphere will write "The (H4x06)of flurocarbon densities magnified by light emitting capabilities of factorisms...blah blah blah YAAWWWNN! The answers to most questions can never be explained down the pub without sounding like you are going to don a white lab coat and start writing on a blackboard a la Open University 1979. Could be so much better than it is.

The Island [DVD] [2005]
The Island [DVD] [2005]
Dvd ~ Ewan McGregor
Price: £2.75

5.0 out of 5 stars Very, very enjoyable film..., 24 Jun. 2006
This review is from: The Island [DVD] [2005] (DVD)
If you liked the Matrix, Minority Report and Gattaca you'll love this, I did. The effects are amazing, the car chases superb and the story line basic but highly enjoyable. I don't think it deserves the overtly critical press it has received. If you want to be blown away visually without taxing your brain too much, then you will enjoy this fantastic futuristic sci-fi movie.

Red Dwarf : Complete BBC Series 8 [2003] [DVD] [1988]
Red Dwarf : Complete BBC Series 8 [2003] [DVD] [1988]
Dvd ~ Craig Charles
Price: £7.51

4 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The best by far..., 8 Jun. 2006
I must admit, when this was first televised I thought this was pants: too glossy, too big, not nearly as funny as series 1 and 2. Now I have completed my DVD collection of the series, I have to state for the record that this series is by far the best. I've watched them all so many times but it's this DVD I always come back to. Krytie TV and Cassandra especially. Yes it doesn't have the eggbox and beer crate set designs from series 1 and Red Dwarf and Starbug are rendered in slick CG instead of airfix models on fishing wire, but it loses nothing in comedic value. This series is faultless.

Gundog Sense and Sensibility
Gundog Sense and Sensibility
by Wilson Stephens
Edition: Hardcover

14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Gun dog sense & sensibility, 9 Jan. 2004
This book is very different from a standard dog training manual. It is filled with anecdotes from the authors knowledgeable history and reads like a personal record of his own experiences. He confesses on the first page how he wished certain knowledge was given to him twenty years ago and how he is able to pass on this accumulated wisdom to his readers. It concentrates particularly on training your dog out in the field and on a shoot. Also, how to gain mutual respect with your gundog by understanding the five senses of the animal and how they differ from our own. The language of the book is fantastic and enjoyable to read. I recommend it to any gun dog owner without reservation. (Although mostly text it has some charming pencil sketches of gundogs on some chapter headings too!)

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