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Let Me Off at the Top!: My Classy Life and Other Musings
Let Me Off at the Top!: My Classy Life and Other Musings
by Ron Burgundy
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £8.49

12 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Riveting period piece., 27 Nov 2013
Ron Burgundy is a wilful, head strong boy, and when he first meets Mr Darcy he thinks him to be an arrogant, conceited man who dislikes him as much as he does him. When he later discovers that Darcy has involved himself in the love affair of Ron's sister Jane and Mr Bingley, and the awful treatment of his newly discovered friend mr Wickham, he is determined to hate him even more.

The story that follows is a delightfully funny and well observed tale of the dating game. And Burgundy's wonderful way of writing is absolutely captivating. Before you know it you're drawn in to the story, willing Mr Darcy and Ron to realise how they truly feel!

For a casual reader who has not got the time to read the entire thing, I would recommend the audio book which runs at a quite comfortable 16 hours on 12 CD's. Joanna David's lovely honey voice carries you through and it draws you in. Her voicing of Ron Burgundy's moustache is especially good.


Shaking The Habitual
Shaking The Habitual
Offered by mrtopseller
Price: £5.75

4 of 8 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Not so great., 11 May 2013
This review is from: Shaking The Habitual (Audio CD)
By now it seems The Knife can do no wrong, and if they released an album of engine sounds they'd probably still get 5-star reviews (the Emperor without clothes syndrome).

Sadly this album was a huge disappointment to me. I have been a fan and a follower of The Knife since their first album, and have come to expect something innovative and different from Karin and Olof Dreijer whenever they create something new. I have also come to expect that The Knife often require a few good listens to grow on you. The first time I heard Silent Shout I was less than impressed, but after a while I came to love it at least as much as I loved Deep Cuts. There is absolutely no doubt that Karin and Olof are brilliant and hugely innovative artists.

That said, Shaking The Habitual is a rather far cry from their other albums. In fact, most of the album isn't really music at all, but rather pure deconstruction of sound and noisy experiments with dissonance that borderlines sound torture. And for that reason alone, I hardly understand how Shaking The Habitual can garner so many rave reviews, when it's difficult to even classify it as a music album at all. Sure, if you like the sound of a fork being dragged across a metal plate, or loud shrieks and long dragged out monotonous tones and endless messing around with electronic instruments - this may be just what you are looking for. I can recommend Julia Holter's "Tragedy: 2013 Bonus Edition" album, if that's your thing.

But for those of us hoping for a Knife album (meaning an album that actually resembles The Knife from their previous releases), it's hard to see how Shaking The Habitual can be anything but a let down. Because it is really not a Knife album at all. It is a recording of the members of The Knife mainly experimenting with sounds instead of melodies, and rumors would have it that Shaking The Habitual represents some kind of protest against commercialism and consumerism (judging from interviews and hearsay, they despise their own success - and especially the commercial success of Heartbeats). So it may be that Shaking The Habitual was intended as a sort of scorched earth tactics to alienate fans (like myself), and to break with their own sound or reinvent themselves or whatever. I honestly don't really care. The product speaks for itself.

I'll continue to love and listen to their previous albums, but if Shaking The Habitual with all it's droning and ambient sound fetishism is the future direction of The Knife, consider this particular fan permanently alienated.
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V - Season 1-2 [DVD] [2011]
V - Season 1-2 [DVD] [2011]
Dvd ~ Morena Baccarin
Price: £9.59

2 of 5 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Worst writing ever., 25 April 2013
This review is from: V - Season 1-2 [DVD] [2011] (DVD)
I accidentally posted this review for the original series. It was meant for the 2009-2011 ABC reboot.

I have rarely watched two seasons of a TV show with so many unresolved plot lines (and plots that simply go missing), so many internal inconsistencies in the story and so many things that simply makes no sense at all. It seems most of the episodes introduced plot lines that were never really followed up on (whatever happened to that algae from Season 1, episode 11 for example?) It's incredible what passes for writing today, and how so many shoddy and half-assed scripts make it through to execution. This show deserved to be cancelled, but I doubt it was because ABC suddenly developed high standards. It probably just didn't bring in the ratings they wanted.
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V - The Complete Series [DVD] [2008]
V - The Complete Series [DVD] [2008]
Dvd ~ Marc Singer
Price: £8.20

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Worst writing ever., 25 April 2013
I have rarely watched two seasons of a TV show with so many unresolved plot lines (and plots that simply go missing), so many internal inconsistencies in the story and so many things that simply makes no sense at all. It seems most of the episodes introduced plot lines that were never really followed up on (whatever happened to that algae from Season 1, episode 11 for example?) It's incredible what passes for writing today, and how so many shoddy and half-assed scripts make it through to execution. This show deserved to be cancelled, but I doubt it was because ABC suddenly developed high standards. It probably just didn't bring in the ratings they wanted.
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MediaDevil Magicscreen Screen Protector: Crystal Clear (Invisible) - Apple iPhone 5 / 5S / 5C (2 x FRONT screen protectors)
MediaDevil Magicscreen Screen Protector: Crystal Clear (Invisible) - Apple iPhone 5 / 5S / 5C (2 x FRONT screen protectors)
Offered by MediaDevil
Price: £11.97

0 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Difficult to avoid air bubbles and not compatible with protective cases., 9 Dec 2012
Verified Purchase(What is this?)
I was unable to apply this without getting airbubbles. I did follow the video instructions, but for whatever reason, the plastic cover would not fit completely tight. What is worse, and why I finally opted not to use the screen protector, is that it isn't compatible with the protective case I have for my iPhone. Or the case isn't compatible with the screen protector. Either way, when I slide my iPhone back into its case after applying the screen protector, airbubbles would appear all along the edges. So I had to make the choice between screen protector and case. Too bad. I am sure Mediadevil's product is a great product for what it does, but it was not useable for me.


Evangelion 1.11 - You Are (Not) Alone [DVD]
Evangelion 1.11 - You Are (Not) Alone [DVD]
Dvd ~ Hideaki Anno
Offered by skyvo-direct
Price: £15.16

4 of 39 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Worst anime ever, 3 Jun 2012
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I have never before thrown out newly purchased DVD's, until now.
Evangelion 1.11 and 2.22 are simply the worst I have ever seen in animation. The art is fine, but the story is complete and utter meaningless nonsense from start to finish. It quite simply makes no sense at all. They introduce characters only to never explain who they are or what their role in the story is. Some they just conveniently forget about after a little while. Motivations? Forgetabout it! It's never explained why anyone is doing what they are doing, why only kids can control giant robots, who the enemy is or what their objectives are, or the relations between the multitude of meaningless characters or their reason for being in the story at all.

It's full of classic lines like "It's transforming the inner biolayers and fluctuating their combined existence to absorb the Word of the world and transcend humanity, becoming a deity-like new creation! It is the third impact of Nebudkanezzer, as predicted in the scrolls of the Martian gods." Etc etc. Quite frankly I think both Evangelion 1.11 and 2.22 were written on a napkin during some drunk night out in Tokyo. These movies are really really really bad.
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Evangelion 2.22 You Can (Not) Advance [DVD]
Evangelion 2.22 You Can (Not) Advance [DVD]
Dvd ~ Kotono Mitsuishi
Price: £10.50

2 of 34 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Worst I have ever seen in animation, 3 Jun 2012
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I have never before thrown out newly purchased DVD's, until now.
Evangelion 1.11 and 2.22 are simple the worst I have ever seen in animation. The art is fine, but the story is complete and utter meaningless nonsense from start to finish. It quite simply makes no sense at all. They introduce characters only to never explain who they are or what their role in the story is. Some they just conveniently forget about after a little while. Motivations? Forgetabout it! It's never explained why anyone is doing what they are doing, why only kids can control giant robots, who the enemy is or what their objectives are, or the relations between the multitude of meaningless characters or their reason for being in the story at all.

It's full of classic lines like "It's transforming the inner biolayers and fluctuating their combined existence to absorb the Word of the world and transcend humanity, becoming a deity-like new creation! It is the third impact of Nebudkanezzer, as predicted in the scrolls of the Martian gods." Etc etc. Quite frankly I think both Evangelion 1.11 and 2.22 were written on a napkin during some drunk night out in Tokyo. These movies are really really really bad.
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Dore's London: All 180 Illustrations from London, a Pilgrimage (Dover Fine Art, History of Art)
Dore's London: All 180 Illustrations from London, a Pilgrimage (Dover Fine Art, History of Art)
by Gustave Doré
Edition: Paperback
Price: £14.06

4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Low quality paper, 7 Dec 2011
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Sadly these wonderful and historical illustrations are printed on matte paper, which significantly diminishes the quality of black. And Dore's London is all about black!
It would be nice to see this collection published on paper that does it justice.


Withnail And I [Blu-ray] [1988]
Withnail And I [Blu-ray] [1988]
Dvd ~ Richard E. Grant

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Someone get some subtitles on this movie!, 7 Dec 2011
I have so far been unable to find this with any subtitles at all. It's not only the hard of hearing who miss out, but anyone whose first language isn't english. I speak and read english fluently, but some dialects are just impossible to understand if you don't have a trained ear. I recently bought Withnail and I on DVD because I wanted my girlfriend to see it, and none of us could understand a word that Danny the drug dealer said. And that's by far some of the funniest stuff in this movie. Please get some subtitles on this. At the very least, some english subtitles!
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The Fade (GOLLANCZ S.F.)
The Fade (GOLLANCZ S.F.)
by Chris Wooding
Edition: Paperback
Price: £7.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars It's alright., 2 May 2011
Just finished this and I'm kinda left with a "hmm - well it's alright" sorta feeling. Meaning it's not great or very immersive fantasy or in any way epic, but a nice little story-driven read if you want something fast paced and uncomplicated for the weekend or while travelling. Its originality is in the location of the story, which takes place in caverns deep beneath the surface of an alien moon. Despite the celestial location, there are no sci-fi elements to the story and it is not explained how humans came to exist there in the first place.
Anyways, if you don't expect much in the line of epic story arcs or particularly detailed descriptions of environment etc, you probably won't be disappointed. Personally however, I am not left with the need to learn more about the universe or the characters upon finishing the book. It's not all that compelling, but it's alright.


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