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Anker® Galaxy Tab 3 8.0 Frameless Synthetic Leather Case for Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 8-inch T3100 T3110 Tablet - Smart Cover with Multi Angle Stand - Lifetime warranty
Anker® Galaxy Tab 3 8.0 Frameless Synthetic Leather Case for Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 8-inch T3100 T3110 Tablet - Smart Cover with Multi Angle Stand - Lifetime warranty
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The BEST case for your Galaxy Tab 3 8.0! In my opinion anyway :), 14 Aug 2014
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After considering all the cases available for my Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 8.0, this was clearly the best case available. It is smart and stylish and fits the tablet like a glove, remaining sleek looking but delivering superb protection.

The case has four 'clips' to the corners which are very slightly flexible to allow your tablet to be seated easily but firmly.The case is Synthetic leather and lines with microfibre so that no scratching can happen. The back has a cut out which allows to transform it into a stand with 3 varying angles (the third uses the ridged clasp to rest on) all of which are ideal for watching movies etc. The clasp itself is also ridged like the corner clamps, but flexible enough to gently but firmly hold the case closed by gripping onto the tablet edge. I was concerned that it may scratch my tablet, but it too is lined with microfibre as no mark is left.

When the case is closed it looks very sleek and professional. It is completely flat with all corners protected but the top bottom and side is left open so that earphones, charger and power/volume buttons are accessible. The camera has a cut out too.

Some reviewers have remarked that the case comes off unexpectedly, but in my experience and four months of use it has remained in place securely and not become loose once.

For the money I paid (just over £10) it was a bargain compared to the genuine cover, and in my humble opinion far more stylish, professional and just more 'cool'.

If you need a case for your Galaxy Tab 3 8.0, buy it! You won't regret it at all!

Many thanks for reading

Snowpiercer Vol.1 - The Escape
Snowpiercer Vol.1 - The Escape
by Jacques Lob
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £11.99

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Post-apocalyptic tale of failing humanity., 14 Aug 2014
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Having had the chance to watch Snowpiercer recently (and having loved it), I decided to return to the source and read the graphic novel it was taken from.

***** SPOILER ALERT *****

In a bleak and desolate future there is a 1001 carriage long train which travels constantly through the frozen wastes of an environmentally destroyed earth. The train itself is a microcosm of the previous world at large. Social and political inequality still thrives with the poor being crammed in the back of the train, living in like sardines in abject squalor; and the rich living a life of luxury and hedonism in the front carriages. The logistics of maintaining social order mean that everyone must keep to 'their place' on the train. No social climbing is allowed and no chance to better yourself. The story centres around Proloff, a man who escapes the tail section and is subsequently placed in quarantine as there is a killer virus amongst the poorest passengers, he is joined by an arrested woman called Adeline who is a campaigner for equal rights, and together they are ushered through the train by the military force towards their fate. As they move through Snowpiercer it is evident that life is very different, and some what decadent, for the more fortunate train dwellers. The poor have been lied to and told that meat, fruit and vegetables have become extinct, yet the privileged dine on them whilst the tail section residents eat processed cockroaches. Drugs and sex are the favourite pass times of the rich, they live without empathy for the poor and seek only pleasure. During their arrest Proloff and Adeline overhear that the tail section is going to be released as the engine is beginning to fail, they try to warn the end carriages, managing successfully, but putting their own lives at greater risk. On the run they eventually they reach the last compartment before the engine and are cornered, Proloff breaks the windows as he and Adeline would rather die than be captured, but he is rescued by the train driver and hauled into the engine compartment. There the driver, Forester, unveils the truth about the train and the last frame is of Proloff alone driving an empty train, all it's inhabitants killed by the virus.

As an idea the story is excellent with sharp observations and chilling predictions on the future of society. There are some horrific moments (especially the cockroaches and meat) and some parts of the novel which drag a bit. As with other reviews I strongly agree that the train does not feel anything like 1001 carriages long and I feel that there was a lost opportunity somewhere in the middle where the tension and horror could have been upped, more detail and characters could have made a richer story.

The artwork is somewhat retro (it is 30 years old) but the black and white starkness of it compliments the story matter. But like the movie Alien, the dated feel it isn't a distraction. A full colour approach would have minimalised the harsh and bleak nature of Snowpiercer and the art does skillfully capture the claustrophobic and hopeless microcosm. The length of the book is somewhat short, which works well in one respect as it was getting a little drawn out; but I do think that if the story had been expanded, with stronger characters, sub plot and more detail regarding the social aspects than it would have benefited from being longer. It's one of those strange books that firstly you think "thank goodness that's over" but you end up wanting to know more. What I did miss was character development though and building relationships between them. Being that it was about the decline of humanity, it would have been a richer story if a greater human element hand been added, I never quite got attached to any of the protagonists and at the end of the book really didn't bother what happened to them. In hindsight I wonder if any of the dialogue and story was lost in translation, as the book is originally French. Very often, especially in foreign films, a beautiful piece of dialogue is butchered by insensitive translation. Having said that though I did enjoy the novel and would possibly read it again.

If you have arrived here via the movie adaptation I should warn you that the book is quite different. The movie took the bones and rounded it out with muscle and heart, the story is more explosive too with a more dramatic but hopeful ending.

All in all I enjoyed the graphic novel but wished I had read it before seeing the movie as I was a little dissapointed. It is however a fascinating premise that makes you consider just what direction society is going to take. And will we survive ...............

Many thanks for reading.

Only Lovers Left Alive
Only Lovers Left Alive
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Rich Cacophony For The Undead .........., 5 Mar 2014
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This a strange and seductive collection from Jozef van Wissem & SQÜRL (the band of Jim Jarmusch) which floods your ears with a delightful mix of uneasy but embracing music. It does help immensely if you have seen the movie, but if not it will still leave its emotional thumbprint, just without the haunting images it conjures up.

The music is a mix of lightly blended guitars, some exotic instrument I don't know, drums and more heavy electric guitars. It is both heady and enticing but with a harsh metallic undertow. In a way it evokes the two distinct continents that the movie is set in. The rock sounds of Detroit and the more earthy and rhythmic music of North Africa.

The pace is slow and heavy and can make you feel somewhat drugged by it, almost like being a bit hungover but in a good way.

The album is split into halves, the first being the music from the portion of the film set in Detroit and the second part when they move to Tangier.

I won't go into a track by track review but I will comment on a few of the highlights. The second track is a remix of 'Funnel of Love', it is slowed down to almost be hypnotic and given a grungy flavour. Feeling almost as if it is an old LP set to play on a clapped out and slow turntable with something altogether different playing in the next room. It works well though and as the opening track of the movie it sets the tone of the album perfectly.

As the tracks progress they start to drift from the Motown/Detroit/Rock infused offerings and begin to morph towards the easier listening latter tracks, The pivotal track is 'Spooky Action at a Distance' which you could happily slow dance to in a smoke filled dive, feeling very 'cool' whilst doing it. The tracks after this are all more earthy and warm and are impressionistic of North Africa. The harsh guitar backing is tempered by a more majestic and timeless beat and percussion. 'Sola Gratia Pt 2' is almost processional in feeling and begins to really make the listener appreciate the slow passing of time, a main theme in the movie. 'Hal' sung by Yasmine Hamden is a delightful high point, her voice is beautiful and is a well deserved break in what can be a quite brilliant but oppressive album. By the end of the disc the music slips into a more gothic feel befitting the subject matter it is drawn from.

Although I was greatly impressed with the music on this disc I did miss not having the other tracks that appear in the movie, a second disc of those would have made the album a complete experience. 'Trapped By a Thing Called Love' by Denise LaSalle amongst others are missing. Their inclusion would have added a lighter tone which would have benefited this quite heavy ensemble as they comprise of Motown, Disco and Rock. It would have been given a more rounded feel. Then again it may have broken up the continuity which is achieved by the CD as it is.

About the packaging. The CD is black and comes presented in a digipak with a small photo booklet which shows the film sets. Tilda Swinton as Eve adorns the front, and Tom Hiddleston as Adam is pictured on the back. I was as hoping the CD would be red (as the vinyl release is pressed in red) but alas this may have been expecting too much.

All in all the CD requires a few listens to really appreciate it, at first it does come across as a bit of a strain on the ears and emotions. After a few times though it becomes a work in it's own right and not just a backing sound track for a vampire movie, something which it excelled at.

If you are a fan of the movie then this really is a must for you as it evokes the images that the movie imbeds in your mind. If you are a fan of SQÜRL then the same applies, it's a must. If you are unsure though then maybe listen to a few tracks online and get a feel for this remarkable and unsettling soundtrack. Even better would be to see the film and the music in context. My advice, put in on late a night and swan around your house fancying yourself 'Bohemian'. preferably with a glass of something in your hand and swaying gently to the music as if you are Adam or Eve. It transforms the 'listening' into an 'experience', It's what I do.

Many thanks for reading!
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Gustav Klimt
Gustav Klimt
by Rachel Barnes
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £75.00

5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful book for every Klimt fan., 27 Feb 2014
This review is from: Gustav Klimt (Hardcover)
This is a beautiful object in it's own right, let alone a fabulous art book.

Far larger than I thought, it is slightly larger than A3 size. The pages have a great deal of gold detail on them and are printed clearly however having a few other books on Gustav Klimt I have noticed that the colour is not quite saturated enough in this work. What was lovely to see, was how many of his vast murals have been printed in full across two pages. Often only a small scene is reproduced and it makes it unclear what portion of the mural is being shown. In this volume (although printed smaller) you can grasp the full image, and when fragments of the whole are shown the author has indicated where the piece fits into the mural via a small diagram in the bottom corner. All his major works are shown in full page prints and being such a large page you can get a better feel of the impact his works have on the viewer. There is enough text to keep an interested reader happy too. As yet I confess I haven't read much as the pictures just keep drawing the eye away from it; before you know it you are flicking contentedly through with little care for the reading material no matter how good it is. That is the nature of Kilmt's work though, a feast for the eyes, but the book is essentially a luxurious journey into his work where the visuals naturally take precedence.

This Deluxe edition is cloth bound and comes housed in a sturdy slipcase, but that description does not do the binding justice. The huge format book is bound in crimson satin with the title gold blocked on the cover and spine. The edges are gilded also which enhances the red, and a matching satin bookmark is fixed into the spine. To compliment the tome, the slipcase is covered in gold blocked, natural coloured canvas which depicts Klimt's famous tree of life.

All in all I am very pleased with my purchase which I got at a bargain price. It comes with a hefty £75 publishers tag, which would personally put me off, but it is certainly worth what Amazon is selling it at currently.

If you are at all interested in Gustav Klimt then it will make a wonderful edition to any art lovers library, but it isn't for coffee tables, because it's too big to fit!

Thanks for Reading.

Only Lovers Left Alive [Blu-ray] [2014]
Only Lovers Left Alive [Blu-ray] [2014]
Dvd ~ Tilda Swinton
Price: £11.30

6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Bloody Marvelous Melancholic Vampires (Pardon the Pun)......, 26 Feb 2014
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As a fan of anything that kicks you off kilter, I loved the meandering storyline punctuated by black humour, and the clever social commentary that runs through this movie. What Only Lovers Left Alive does is to conjure up a fresh take on Vampire mythology, adding in a few rewrites along the way. I loved the social elements that Jim Jarmusch has added, such as how they consume blood almost ritualistically from a stemmed liqueur glass, the fact they cannot enter each others homes without being invited and the wearing of gloves in public. If you are a fan of all aspects of 'Vampire', this will prove an enjoyable outing, If however you are looking for a Vampire flick that fits into a well worn mold then this is not for you. As the director Jim Jarmusch has mentioned in many interviews, this is a love story that just happens to have vampires as the main characters. His vampires are intellectual idealists, aloof to mankind because having lived so many years they have seen all our failings, again and again.

The story is anything but a thoughtless tale, best described as how we deal with all the questions that being human creates and how we survive those questions. In this case the protagonists also deal with being trapped in a world governed by humans who are abusing the Earth and polluting their blood, not learning from the past because they have not personally lived it. The upside is that in this rather depressing material there is a great deal of subtle and very clever wit; and of course two wholly engaging and delightfully portrayed protagonists: Adam and Eve.

***** Please Note The Following Contains Spoilers *****

At the centre of this modern day fable are Adam (Tom Hiddleston) and his wife Eve (Tilda Swinton) who are the ubiquitous vampires. Although never fully explained they are separated by distance, he living in Detroit and she in Tangier, but also by their philosophies and view on life. They have been married at least three times to each other, always holding fast to their relationship over the centuries.

Adam is a rather melancholy character, dressed in black like a decaying rockstar, intensely antisocial but creatively driven with a penchant for collecting musical instruments. His abode echoes his personality perfectly, a derelict house in the abandoned suburbs of Detroit, filled with books and musical equipment, half destroyed internal walls and general detritus of a long and secluded life. He is woeful for the destruction of the planet at the hands of humans (who he refers to as Zombies) and being a generally morose character he gets ideas it may be time to exit his life. Fortunately Eve calls him and agrees to leave her Tangiers home to try and elevate his mood, which she has obviously had to do before. Her life is vividly contrasting to Adam's as is her appearance. Pale haired and clothed in light colours and red, she is a calm, logical and optimistic being who sees the beauty in life. You could say she is the Yang to her husbands Yin. With the reunion of these two the story kicks off, or should I say starts to smoulder, because this is anything but an action filled, bloodlust vampiric movie. It is however a thoughtful dialogue on the meaning of life, love and how your attitude to it governs exactly what you get out of it. Which is interesting because that also sums up how you relate to the movie.

All is going well until Eva (Mia Wasikowska), Eve's sister, turns up. She is an insatiable, unstable and intrusive element in Adam and Eve's reunion. She embodies all the elements of Vampirism that her 'family' have let go. After a night out she inevitably behaves badly (in what you could see coming a mile off) by drinking Adam's human 'friend', which provides more black humour. Especially when she complains she feels sick, to which Eve replies "what do you expect, he's in the music industry". After this point the couple flee Detroit for Tangiers and Only Lovers Left Alive starts descending into a disappointing anti-climax last third, which is only lifted by John Hurt as Christopher Marlow, and a 'toothy' ending

Although the movie could be called slow and almost drawn out, it is mirroring what living centuries could feel like. What keeps the movie light is it being peppered with lots of black humour. The wooden bullet, an unfortunate death of a 'friend', the procuring of blood and numerous other incidents are subtle but undeniably funny. My favourite scene is where Eve presents Adam with a frozen blood lolly. The shameless name dropping of important people from the past and many social references also lighten the mood and balance out the flavour of the film. As mentioned, the story does move slowly and unfortunately begins to drag like a corpse behind a grave robber towards the end, but the final shot nails home the the message behind it all. Life continues, whatever we may think.

Visually the cinematography and locations are stunning, the views down on many scenes seem to reinforce the idea that eventhough the protagonists are immortal they are still very small in the scheme of things. I especially enjoyed the shots of the decaying theatre now car park, the Tangier sets and the landscape of the abandoned centre of Detroit. The images are made all the more beautiful and strange for being shot entirely at night. As for the interiors I loved Adams house with its antiquated technology (the scene where Eve calls him on her iPhone is genius) and feeling that it is a bastion of lost ideals in a world that has run away with itself. The cold desolate feel of abandoned America plays well against the warm, earthy and enduring sense of Morocco. What also needs to be mentioned is how much music features in the movie, not only because Adam is a musician, but also as a character in it's own right. A mixture of North African, Motown and music by Sqürl (Jarmusch's band), it reinforces the emotions of the story perfectly, without this soundtrack the movie would have been far different and less effecting.

As for the actors, Tilda Swinton steals every scene. Her graceful portrayal of an ageless and elegant mind is superb. Tom Hiddleston, as usual, proves he can turn his hand to almost any part. He shines as the world weary musician torn between wanting to leave his mark on the world, but also to keep his anonymity. The interaction between the two actors is the centre of the movie and makes it all the more fun to watch. Mia Wasikovska is suitably annoying and vivacious as Eva, but John Hurt as Christopher Marlow was as always fabulous.

As a thoughtful piece of cinema which provokes you to delve deeper about the meaning of human existence, Only Lovers Left Alive ticks every box. As an engaging story it misses the mark a little, and as a well paced piece of drama it fails a bit more. But as an overall ensemble you can forgive it it's flaws. For me it was outstanding and thoroughly enjoyable, having now seen it four times I can say it just gets better and better. It will easily become a cult classic if it hasn't already. Just leave your preconceptions, and misconceptions, at the door.

Thanks for reading!
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An Evening With Neil Gaiman And Amanda Palmer
An Evening With Neil Gaiman And Amanda Palmer
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Presenting the incomparable Mr Gaiman and the staggeringly unique Ms Palmer., 13 Feb 2014
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I have to confess this review will be a bit biased as I am a fan of both Neil Gaiman and Amanda Palmer. You are warned!

When this compilation was released I was delighted to be able to own something that was once only available to fans, those who had been part of the Kickstarter fund raising behind these shows. The chance to hear them in collaboration was well worth the money.

Firstly the album is beautifully packaged in a tri-fold card pack designed with a Victorian theme of silhouetted images of the performers. Secondly you get an enormous amount of material in what is a three CD set culled from their live shows, performed in the states back in 2011.

The album has been split into three distinct discs, One all about Neil, one all about Amanda and the last a collaboration of the two. Initially I thought the CDs would be one continual show from start to finish as performed, but the breaking down of the material into its presented format works really well. If you fancy a bit of Neil reading then disc one is the choice. A full sing along (or not) with Amanda, then go for disc three. It's easy peasy to fill your listening needs!

Amazon has the ability for you to listed to snippets of each track, but here is a generalised breakdown of what to expect from each disc is as a whole.

Disc One ......... is brimming full of Neil Gaiman reading some of his short stories and prose, each one is infused with his humour and will leave you satisfied. Although I did not enjoy the piece about Ray Bradbury unfortunately. The disc opens with 'My Last Landlady', a ghost story set in Brighton. It's a chilling tale which leaves a resonance and hooks you in for the rest of his offerings. The stand out track for me is 'Feminine Endings' which is hilarious enough to make you laugh out loud one minute and the next to feel the hairs rise on the back of your neck. He reads it so charmingly that at first you don't grasp the undercurrent of the story. The rest are typical fair from a master storyteller more comfortable with paper than people.

Disc Two ........ is a collaboration which presents the artists with the opportunity to act as each others foil, resulting in a great deal of humour. For me the poem 'Broken Heart Stew' with ipad musical accompaniment was a macabrely worded delight but in all honesty the mix of music, audience participation and the chemistry between the husband and wife team make for a very entertaining listen.

Disc Three .......... is all about Amanda and is a foray into her foul mouthed but honest and heartfelt musical talent. She is a tour de force of Cabaret blended with gutteral defiance and trail blazing. If pretty ditties are you sort of thing than Amanda Palmer will be like tomato juice rubbed into a cut. If on the other hand you like fiercely individual people not afraid to feel what they feel and say it out loud then she may be right up your street. The selection does come across as a bit melancholy in tone but that does not detract from the enjoyment, so long as you are in the right frame of mind. Check out her website if you are unsure of the infamous Ms Palmer.

In a nutshell, the mix of spoken word, music and audience participation works really well and will keep fans of either Gaiman or Palmer happy for many hours. You can understand why such an odd couple came into being, each seems to compliment the strengths and lessen the weaknesses in the other. Almost like yin and yang you could say.

The only downsides are that I wish it has been longer, yes that's being greedy seeing as they have included three discs. You will feel bereft too when it ends though. I also wish a few more songs such as the 'Vegimite Song' (which was written for Neil Gaiman) had been included. But you can't have everything.

So if you are a Neil Gaiman or Amanda Palmer fan then what are you waiting for!

Hope you enjoy it too and thanks for reading my review.

Fellowes Precision Cooler Laptop Riser
Fellowes Precision Cooler Laptop Riser
Price: £23.67

4.0 out of 5 stars Solid, functional riser. Worth the investment any day., 25 July 2013
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Having just received my laptop riser, I am really pleased with the quality and effectiveness of it's design. The metal is much thicker than I thought it would be, making it very sturdy and hard to fault. Although the feet are described as non slip, they aren't rubberised (as I thought) but simply plastic. On my wooden topped desk they grip OK but on a glass or more smooth surface i think they may slip a little. In the package comes a fairly large fan which has four 'pips' on it to attach it to the underside of the metal where extra cooling is needed and plugs into a usb port for power. The only fault I have is that I cannot place the fan exactly where it is needed because of the cut out area at the back of the riser. My laptop is an older 15" 4:3 screened model which may be a little deeper than newer laptops. This causes it to stick about 3/4" over the back of the riser meaning the fan doesn't quite sit directly over the processor area which is in the top left hand corner. The fan is still pretty effective where it is though, and in this hot weather my laptop no longer has it's fans going at warp speed and sounding like a mini jet engine trying to keep itself cool. The fan is quite quiet, which was one of my concerns before I bought it, and comes with a usb port built into it so that even though it is plugged in you don't lose a port.

One added benefit (I bought the riser for cooling reasons initially) is the more comfortable position my laptop is now in. With it now at about a 30 degree angle it makes typing more comfortable and the monitor is higher up so more at eye level, which helps a great deal with posture.

I would certainly recommend the riser, it is a little pricey (even with Amazons generous price cut) but it is worth the money. If you have a larger 17" laptop there is a version available for it too.

Oblivion [Blu-ray + UV Copy] [2013]
Oblivion [Blu-ray + UV Copy] [2013]
Dvd ~ Tom Cruise

28 of 34 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Highly anticipated, but for me disappointing ........, 24 July 2013

As a fan of almost anything science fiction based, and having been lured by the trailers, I really wanted to like this film. Not just like, but rave about it. Unfortunately It didn't quite hit the mark for me.

The premise of the movie is that it is approximately sixty years after the earth was destroyed by a war against alien lifeforms. The moon took a hefty hit and lies in the sky like a partially crushed sphere, trails of it's debris leaking across the atmosphere. Down on the surface earth has been affected by the change in the moons gravitational field, causing earthquakes to ravage the planet and leave it uninhabitable. Naturally we used nuclear weapons during the war so that left it pretty knackered too. After we won, humans migrated to Titan (a moon of Saturn) and teams of two technicians have been left on earth to maintain some high level technology which provides benefit to Titan.

The movie revolves around Tech 49, Jack Harper (Tom Cruise), who maintains the running of the equipment, aided by his partner Victoria played by Andrea Riseborough.

The opening visuals are slick and effective, capturing the contrast of the gleaming, sterile human environs and the devastated planet. To further enhance this divide, the Technicians live up in the clouds on a high rise platform home, with only Cruise descending to fulfill his task of repairing the aerial weapons (called drones) which protect the vast machines from the alien threat still on Earth.

And here is where the story starts to slip, with too many unanswered questions that come from trying to fit too many good ideas into one movie.

The visuals are superb and beautifully executed, reminiscent of some of the best sci-fi illustrators of the 70's and 80's (Syd Mead and Moebius to name two) with minimalistic interiors of grey and white and an outdoor transparent pool that almost seems to hang in the air. The destroyed earth is equally beautifully depicted without the usual wasted cities so familiar in many movies. Time has softened and eased the earth back to a more natural state with the remnants of civilisation only seen in brief pockets. It is quite breathtaking in places.

Unfortunately instead of capitalising on this simplicity the story starts to morph into something altogether heavy and overburdened with ideas. The idea of stealth technology being used in armour to hide the resistance (there had to be one), the presence of an all knowing leader figure who sends Harper off on a quest (instead of just telling him the news), mass cloning, cryogenic sleep, vast machines that I didn't quite grasp the purpose of, a predictably jealous woman, post apocalyptic survival, a cabin by a lake (yes really), sentimentality for the past, living a huge lie, ............ the list goes on.

What could have been a beautiful new foray into science fiction simply turned into a quagmire of well trodden paths and because of that it became sadly predictable. Right down to the last scene.

I feel bad for not liking it, maybe thirty five years of movie watching has made me jaded. I have no doubt some may adore this film (and I can understand that), and there are positive aspects to it. Morgan Freeman being one. For me though it was all style and little substance and a bit too long winded with acting that never felt quite believable. It was almost as if the actors knew it was flawed.

Worth a rent to see it, if you are a die-hard fan of Tom Cruise or Sci-fi then buy it. For me though it missed the mark in the same way Prometheus did. A great shame indeed.
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The Ocean at the End of the Lane
The Ocean at the End of the Lane
by Neil Gaiman
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £15.46

4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Dip your toes in, the water is lovely .............., 3 July 2013
As with many of Neil Gaiman's work, this new tale can be read on many levels and greatly relies upon what the reader brings with them. On the face of it the story revolves around a young boy and how a terrible event releases ancient horrors in the Sussex countryside.

The story opens in the voice of a bereaved man and through memories it reverts back to him as a seven year old. The tale that unfolds is a darkly disturbing yet magical fable of a chapter in the boy's life. At seven he is an intelligent yet introverted child who is seemingly ignored or undervalued by his parents and as such is often subjected to the cruelty of being overlooked and flippantly spoken too. His parents paint a bleak picture of how adults raise children when they have forgotten what childhood was like.

Thankfully, due to an unpleasant incident, the boy is befriended by the youngest member of the Hempstock family whose farm holds many mysteries and beautifully imagined oddities but also holds the answers to the universe. All by a pond that is more than it seems, next to a house at the end of the lane.

Having read (and watched) quite a bit of Neil Gaiman's work I initially found the voice of the protagonist and the pace of the story unappealing. However when it changed to the voice of him as a boy, as the layers of the story built up, I found myself mesmerised by the play of our world against the idea of another. I loved the way he put in just enough detail to fire the reader's imagination, allowing everyone the chance to build their own version of the story in their minds eye. The characters are delightful and the fantastical elements are akin to fairy stories, yet have more than a foot in ancient myth. What I most liked was the scientific edge to the explanations, as if all this could have happened in your own garden.

Now I have finished the book (and it won't take you long as it is quite short!), I am left with haunting memories of what happened and a real longing to know what happened after. As I mentioned the book is not that long, and I found this a little disappointing as I could happily have read on. However if the book had been longer it may have lost something in it's telling, after all the events happen in a small time-frame and to have drawn it out may have spoiled the preciousness of it. Not many books hang around the mind after you read them, but this one has with me, and I am very pleased I dipped my toes in Lettie Hempstocks Ocean.

I hope you enjoy it too.

TeckNet@ Kindle Paperwhite / kindle Touch Leather Cover With 2 Kindle Screen Protectors & Magnetic flap closure for Amazon Kindle Paperwhite & Kindle Touch Both - Purple
TeckNet@ Kindle Paperwhite / kindle Touch Leather Cover With 2 Kindle Screen Protectors & Magnetic flap closure for Amazon Kindle Paperwhite & Kindle Touch Both - Purple
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5.0 out of 5 stars Utterly Awesome Kindle Case, 22 Nov 2012
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What can I say, the case is absolutely perfect for my Kindle Touch. The design is thoughtful and yet simple. The magnetic closure flips around to the back of the case which means the tab can never hit the screen, unlike many other designs. The clasp is a good strength so that it wont pop open if caught say, in a bag with other items. The case itself is designed for the Kindle to gently slot into and is lined with soft fabric to prevent scratching when being inserted or removed. It fits perfectly snugly in there too. There is a space left at the bottom of the case so that you can attach the Kindle to its cable and also for access to the headphone socket and power button. The Front cover has a small pocket in it if you want to pop a note for yourself in there but isn't good for anything thicker than one or two sheets of paper, but then why the need for anything in there anyway? The inside if the cover is lined in mock suede which contrasts nicely with the PU leather case. Some People have complained about a 'Bulge' created by the velcro tab which holds the kindle in place across it's top edge. Personally I haven't found this to be an issue, the bulge only happens when you push the tab in too far as there is a recess for the velcro to sit in which minimises the bulging-ness. The Edges of the PU Leather are nicely finished off so they are smooth and the front cover folds back so that it can be held comfortably in one hand, which is how I read.

What was especially nice was that the case came with a cleaning cloth and two screen protectors.

All in all I am very, very pleased with the case. At a third of the price of some others it is a steal, it protected my Kindle when It fell off my bed (yup I fell asleep reading), It's a great colour and well made.

The only thing I can ask is "why are you waiting to buy one?"

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