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Lego Wear Boys 13899 / Adam 622 - Gloves Gloves Grey (975 Dark Grey ) 134/140
Lego Wear Boys 13899 / Adam 622 - Gloves Gloves Grey (975 Dark Grey ) 134/140

5.0 out of 5 stars A good pair of gloves, 15 Jan 2013
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These gloves are soft, nice and warm and have the desired Lego/Ninjago branding to keep my son happy. A great buy.


LEGO Star Wars 10188 Death Star
LEGO Star Wars 10188 Death Star

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars best playset ever, 13 Jan 2013
= Durability:5.0 out of 5 stars  = Fun:5.0 out of 5 stars  = Educational:5.0 out of 5 stars 
includes 25 awesome minifigs and model is cool and massive and huge bound manual and 4 numbered boxes and 7 numbered bags


LEGO Batman 7780 The Batboat: Hunt for Killer Croc
LEGO Batman 7780 The Batboat: Hunt for Killer Croc

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars super cool, 13 Jan 2013
= Durability:5.0 out of 5 stars  = Fun:5.0 out of 5 stars  = Educational:5.0 out of 5 stars 
INCLUDES BATMAN WITH GREY SUIT AND FACE AND KILLER CROC WITH A COOL FACE. VECHILES INCLUDED KILLER CROCS SPEEDER AND BATBOAT


Character World Clone Wars Blast Towel
Character World Clone Wars Blast Towel

2.0 out of 5 stars A disappointing purchase, 9 Jan 2013
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My son is a huge Star Wars fan so I got this towel for him as a Christmas stocking filler. He loves it.
However, I found the towel to be a disappointing purchase. Although it looks nice from a distance, the material is actually rather thin. Also, despite its lack of fluffiness, it is shedding fluff all over the bathroom and on my other clothes in the washing machine. I have now washed it three times and it's still shedding fluff.


Blunderbuss
Blunderbuss
Price: 8.20

2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Caught the Bus, 5 Jan 2013
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This review is from: Blunderbuss (Audio CD)
So... Jack White's solo effort. Crap, right? Disappointing, eh?

Well, not quite. White has well and truly caught the bus, plane and automobile with his first genuine (ha!) solo effort. He redefines his musical category about 8 times on this new effort, changing from panting rock to country folk, to Cole Porterish whit, to the marvel of the title track. He may be a guitar God who loves the blues, sings too high (like an anemic Robert Plant, at worst), but he one thing above all - original.

In these times, it is hard to be original. So much dross around, so many people with no ears, in the business and in the audience. Yet every generation throws a hero up the pop charts, as the saying goes, and White is one of ours. Favourties on this record, obviously a break up album as other reviewers noticed, are Love Interruption (wonderful duet), Blunderbus, I'm Shakin, - on reflection, this is one to listen to straight through. No downtime, no kidding.

CD of 2012 or thereabouts.


Live by Night
Live by Night
by Dennis Lehane
Edition: Hardcover

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Lehane Letdown, 4 Jan 2013
This review is from: Live by Night (Hardcover)
Anyone who has read Any Given Day will want to read this, and will, most probably, be let down. This is Lehane's most predestrian novel in years, a cross between his very good detective potboilers and more serious, five star efforts like Mystic River, Shutter Island and Any Given Day.

The story of Joe Coughlin, the son of the vile cop father, is less interesting and well told than that of his elder brother (Any Given Day) who makes a cameo appearance here. Joe is a hood, a hothead and not all that interesting. He gets sent to prison, winds up in the mob, gets sent to Florida, mixes it up with 1920's bootlegging and loads of Cubans and Italians. The racism of the time makes the novel more interesting than most, but Joe seems immune to it. Realistic or anachronistic? For me, its the latter - Lehane injecting an unlikely twist to a pretty ordinary tale.

It is the love of his life, the Gould woman, that gives the novel it's force, and she's just not in it enough. Her appearance at the end shocks, but it had to happen - I was waiting for it. So will you.

That said, Lehane can't write a boring sentence, or a boring novel, so three stars it is - under his usual standard, but still a good read.


Tomorrowland
Tomorrowland
Offered by Fulfillment Express
Price: 10.26

4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Junk From a Star, 2 Jan 2013
This review is from: Tomorrowland (Audio CD)
Let's not mince words - this CD is a disaster, as bad as his other 3 albums are good. Ryan Bingham is a fabulous writer and singer and this attempt to be a rock and roll star fails on all counts. He plays heavy live, and must have thought he'd go down better if he played louder on CDs. He doesn't.

After the gorgeous Mescalito, the jaunty Roadhouse Blues and the deeply depressing, wonderful Junky Star, this over produced, poorly written effort undermines Bingham as an artist. Awful - Guess Who's Knocking? Heart of Rhythm. Once in a while, there is an effort to create a decent, low key song (Western Shore) but the bombast, the poor left-wing allusions, the overall lack of real skill on this self produced (not nominally, but you can tell its him!)destroys everything.

I saw him in London a few months back, and he only played a sprinkling of these songs. Maybe he knows how poor this effort is.
What a disappointment. It deserves one star, but I am sentimental. Bombs away.
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Dracula (Barnes & Noble classics)
Dracula (Barnes & Noble classics)
by Bram Stoker
Edition: Paperback
Price: 7.29

3.0 out of 5 stars Right Through the Heart, 2 Jan 2013
This novel is a Victorian relic, full of the best and worst of that bygone age.The villain is truly evil, the heroes authentic, superstitious Christians. The plot is undermined by the horrendously overwritten writing style of Bram Stoker.

The story is told through letters and journals, interesting for the different points of view, but unfortunatley, mired in the melodramatic, over the top writing. However, if you can see through the mess, the story is strong and original. The unscrupulous vampire plots his move to London, arrives and sucks the blood out of everyone he encounters. Only the band of Christian soldiers ranged against him stand any chance of stopping the beast - and hundred of pages later, they do just that.

I read parts of it when I was younger, and if I paid for it, I would have thrown it down in disgust after 80 pages. it's readable on a reader, so I read it for free.

I would imagine that Coppola's film version comes closest and that this story will never be better told. Certainly the film was better than the book.


Doctor Velvet
Doctor Velvet
Offered by skyvo-direct
Price: 15.00

5.0 out of 5 stars Authentic Voice, Now Silenced, 2 Jan 2013
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This review is from: Doctor Velvet (Audio CD)
I came to Nick Curran late - he died this year, and one of my favourite new artists posted a clip on his facebook page. if Pokey LaFarge likes him, he must have something. He does, he did, the works.

Curran epitomises all that's great about 1950's, pre-British rock. He sings from the heart, plays wicked guitar from the soul and writes songs like they are really from the era, uneffected by anything else. This is his debut, and it is great. There are so many tracts on this CD that I love, from the title track, Shot down, Drivin Me Crazy, Don't Be Angry, you'll see the truth of this review. My only regret is coming to him so late, too late. I'd have loved to see him live.

He looks like death warmed over in his later Youtube clips, but see him anyway. Taken from us at 35 by cancer. God, you have no shame.

Kick ass - as is his recent 2010 release, Reform School Girl.

Treat yourself.
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The Second World War
The Second World War
by Antony Beevor
Edition: Hardcover
Price: 27.00

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Best Military Historian of WW2 in English, 2 Jan 2013
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This review is from: The Second World War (Hardcover)
This fantastic single volume of WW2 trounces all competitors with its scope, insight and erudition. Unusually,Beevor starts the war in China a few years before Hitler's aggression in Europe with a fateful battle between the Russians and Japanese. This battle had huge consequences for the futue conduct of the war - it convinced the Japanese not to fight the Russians but the Americans, and the rest is history. It enabled the Russians to concentrate on defeating the Germans from 1941, and ensured Allied victory. The value add of Beevor is that he knows more than military history, and puts things into context in a way that surprises and delights the reader.

This new volume - added to his D day, War in Spain, Battle of Berlin, Stalingrad, etc, puts Beevor in the front rank of WW2 military historians writing in English - appealing to the academic and layman alike. His grasp of the detail is simply unmatched. He spares no one -the most admirable warrior nations are reduced to pulp by his factual dissection of their inadequacies. Not even the powerful Germans are spared; the hall of shame stars the pathetic Italians and French, the barbaric Japanese, supported by the inept British and sometimes, the naive Americans. The Russians are the heroes of the story - even lead by donkeys, they inevitably triumph. Of course, that meant no freedom for Eastern Europe for nearly half a century. But one can only wonder at their enormous courage, sacrifice and sheer tenacity in overcoming the Germans almost by themselves. Any proper history of the war makes the boastful British look sick, and Beevor has the single mindedness to tell it like it is.

Knockout.


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