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The Sims (PC CD)
The Sims (PC CD)

5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fun does not cover it...., 14 May 2007
= Fun:5.0 out of 5 stars 
This review is from: The Sims (PC CD) (Video Game)
Not many would think of the Sims as a strategy game--maybe it is just a game to muck around on, running or ruining peoples' lives.

However, there is a strategic element to helping your Sims bring in the right money to run their household successfully, make friends and advance in the job ladder.

The game is fun for all ages; you create a Sim, or a family of Sims, move them into a house and decorate. Then the game seems to take over your life; keeping the family safe from fire, keeping them happy, answering the telephone when it rings in case it is a reward....

However, some material in the game may be inappropriate for children; especially when the game is combined with Hot Date (one of the many expansion packs). Some of it is slightly sexually explicit.

I would definitely recommend this game as it is addictively fun, and a great distraction!


Robin Hood (Dolphin Books)
Robin Hood (Dolphin Books)
by Lady Antonia Fraser
Edition: Paperback

2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Robin Hood At Its Best, 13 Mar 2007
You cannot really choose a favourite Robin Hood novel until you have read them all-but this is way above the rest. There are many, many different takes on the legend by all the authors who have tried to novelise the famous outlaw's adventures, and all are very good.

But this novel seemed different, perhaps because it seemed the most believable, perhaps because it was the most exciting, or perhaps because in this Robin Hood was not just a hero, he was Human.

Antonia Fraiser does the legend complete justice by using a vibrant tone to link together some of Robin's most well known adventures, as well as creating a new tone altogether.

Fans of the BBC new Robin Hood will be pleased to see that Guy of Gisborne has a bigger part than usual--something that has been lacking in some of the other novels, and this time the Sheriff is more of a foolhardy, pompous character. The evil tone in the book radiates from Prince John, a character that holds the novel together and is perhaps one of the best described.

Overall, this novel is fantastic--a great introduction to Robin Hood, especially for those who are interested in finding out more about the legendary outlaw, or indeed just a book to read on a long journey!


Robin Hood [Disney] [DVD]
Robin Hood [Disney] [DVD]
Dvd ~ Brian Bedford
Offered by PickleTickle
Price: 14.98

6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect for children!, 5 Mar 2007
This review is from: Robin Hood [Disney] [DVD] (DVD)
Some say Disney is childish--but I have to disagree. An avid Robin Hood fan, I was overjoyed when this was shown on the TV not so long ago.

The characters are all animals, which adds a new dimension to the famous Robin Hood legend--all the characters with their own special little personalities from Skippy the Rabbit to the very wolfish sheriff of Nottingham.

However, the story is perfect for children to learn about the legend of Hood, for it has all the classic Disney elements such as catchy songs and fantastic imagery.

Overall one of the great Disney films, with a very fine Marian vixen to add to the entertainment. Recommended to both adults and children alike!


Robin Hood - Series 1 Volume 3 [DVD]
Robin Hood - Series 1 Volume 3 [DVD]
Dvd ~ Keith Allen
Offered by mrtopseller
Price: 3.00

13 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic!, 2 Mar 2007
The last of the DVDs in this series--unfortunately! The series was a BBC success-and the DVDs were too!

These last four episodes build up to the grand climax of the series in episodes 12 and 13, which are perhaps some of the most heartbreaking of the series.

Episodes 10 and 11 are Robin Hood action all the way, full of the thrills already experienced in the other episodes, with all the humorous elements added and those sweet scenes you love to watch between Much and Robin, and the continuing rivalry between Gisborne and the Sheriff.

Episodes 12 and 13, on the other hand, are amazing. Guaranteed to make you laugh, cry and scream at the screen in frustration, they are some of the best Robin episodes ever written.

The actors and actresses continue to excel at their characters, along with all the action and the swordplay of the last two DVDs.

Once again, it is a highly recommended DVD for all those fans of BBC dramas and Robin Hood in general.


Robin Hood, Sheriff Got Your Tongue?
Robin Hood, Sheriff Got Your Tongue?
by Kay Woodward
Edition: Audio CD
Price: 8.88

11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Gisborne Voices Robin? Surely a disaster in the making......?, 22 Feb 2007
This seems like a big mistake by the BBC--sure the books are great, but employing one of the actors in the actual series to read it?

But actually, it works rather well. Richard Armitage is a strong reader, and manages to grab all the tension and emotion in every moment of this fast, anger fuelled episode.

The story itself, as this is unabridged, is good and draws on points perhaps not so emphasised in the actual episode on the TV--but see my review on the book for more information.

Overall, Armitage does a good job at voicing all the characters including his own (which for non-Robin fans is Guy of Gisborne) and pulls off an enchanting piece of audiobook material. Well done!


Jane Eyre (BBC) [2007] [DVD] [2006]
Jane Eyre (BBC) [2007] [DVD] [2006]
Dvd ~ Ruth Wilson
Price: 5.00

56 of 62 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent BBC production, 19 Feb 2007
This TV production of the famous Bronte novel Jane Eyre follows a line of many others--and this is without a doubt one of the best.

The story is clear and is almost parallel to the novel, which is sometimes questionable in these dramas which are adapted for the television-sometimes they are edited to make the story seem more life like, or to make it more entertaining.

The cast chosen in this drama are superb; Ruth Wilson portrays a modest, emotive Jane while her costar Toby Stephenson plays a powerful and masculine Mr. Rochester. The supporting cast are great too, and all contribute to a fantastically created drama. They all know how to act, which is an important part, but also create wildly emotional scenes which coud melt a heart of stone.

The locations in the novel are beautiful, romantic countrysides and stimulating Sargasso and Wild Spanish nightlife areas such as rich parties and warm hotels.

I only have one complaint about this drama, and that is that the representation of the young Jane used for the first half an hour or so of the whole drama is rather unlikely. The actress used is too modern for this character to come off well--but as this is just an opinion I feel it does not deduct from the overall performance.

Overall, this DVD is a good introduction to the novel of Jane Eyre, and perhaps to some of the Bronte sisters' other works as well.


The Groovy Greeks (Horrible Histories)
The Groovy Greeks (Horrible Histories)
by Terry Deary
Edition: Paperback

4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A fun and educational way to learn!, 18 Feb 2007
This book, along with the others in the Horrible Histories series, is perhaps one of the greatest ways to teach children, or indeed learn, about periods of history.

The books all contain funny cartoons, and are written to be entertaining and educational at the same time--sometimes lacking in the educational books of this era.

Children will love Terry Deary's clever quirky moments, and will find the books all fun to read.

Overall, a fantastic book which is perfect for any child studying any period of history.


The Rotten Romans (Horrible Histories)
The Rotten Romans (Horrible Histories)
by Terry Deary
Edition: Paperback

5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A very good introduction to history!, 14 Feb 2007
This book is, contrary to some views, a very good read. It is designed to make learning about the "Rotten" Romans fun, and it achieves this with flying colours.

Meet the infamous rulers and emperors of the time, come face to face with those who "stabbed Casear in the back", and experience a Roman dining party!

Overall, a perfect book to read for children and teenagers alike, combining Terry Deary's perfect humour with facts which will stick with the reader for the rest of their lives!


The Awesome Egyptians (Horrible Histories)
The Awesome Egyptians (Horrible Histories)
by Terry Deary
Edition: Paperback

8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A very good book for learning about history!, 14 Feb 2007
This book is, contrary to some views, a very good read. It is designed to make learning about the "Awesome" Egyptians fun, and it achieves this with flying colours.

This book instructs you on how to make a mummy, tells you about some rather strange traditions and how to bury your own Pharoah in his own pyramid.

Overall, a perfect book to read for children and teenagers alike, combining Terry Deary's perfect humour with facts which will stick with the reader for the rest of their lives!


The Terrible Tudors (Horrible Histories)
The Terrible Tudors (Horrible Histories)
by Terry Deary
Edition: Paperback

20 of 24 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A good introduction to history, 14 Feb 2007
This book is, contrary to some views, a very good read. It is designed to make learning about the "Terrible" Tudors fun, and it achieves this with flying colours.

The book not only introduces the monarchs of the time, such as the infamous Henry VIII and Queen Elizabeth I, but also what conditions were like to live and work, what food there was available, and some Terrible Tudor customs!

Overall, a perfect book to read for children and teenagers alike, combining Terry Deary's perfect humour with facts which will stick with the reader for the rest of their lives!


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