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The Mammoth Book of Dirty, Sick, X-Rated and Politically Incorrect Jokes (Mammoth Books)
The Mammoth Book of Dirty, Sick, X-Rated and Politically Incorrect Jokes (Mammoth Books)
by Geoff Tibballs
Edition: Paperback
Price: £6.39

5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars, 21 Dec 2014
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Brilliant - have bought it repeatedly as a gift


The Mammoth Book of More Dirty, Sick, X-Rated and Politically Incorrect Jokes (Mammoth Books)
The Mammoth Book of More Dirty, Sick, X-Rated and Politically Incorrect Jokes (Mammoth Books)
by Geoff Tibballs
Edition: Paperback
Price: £7.19

5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars, 21 Dec 2014
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Brilliant


300 - Rise of an Empire
300 - Rise of an Empire
Dvd
Offered by Lovefilm UK Limited
Price: £0.00

4.0 out of 5 stars but I loved it - great fight scenes and - unlike the ..., 21 Dec 2014
This review is from: 300 - Rise of an Empire (DVD)
Hugely enjoyable ships'n'Ancient Greece'n'blood time waster. It ain't Citizen Kane, but I loved it - great fight scenes and - unlike the original - was on ships! Doupleplusgood


Titanium Flat Court 0.06ct Diamond Matt 7mm Ring - Size N
Titanium Flat Court 0.06ct Diamond Matt 7mm Ring - Size N
Price: £44.37

5.0 out of 5 stars Really like this. Me and the lady in question split ..., 17 Aug 2014
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Really like this. Me and the lady in question split up. Still want to wear it on my wedding finger! That's how good this ring is


The Raid 2
The Raid 2
Dvd
Offered by Lovefilm UK Limited
Price: £0.00

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic martial arts bash'em'up, 17 Aug 2014
This review is from: The Raid 2 (DVD)
NOT as good as the first film, but pretty damn amazing. I wasn't always sure who was who and why they were trying to kill each other, but the fight choreography was superb - genuinely visually stunning. There was a tendency of people to get in a line to get killed when - mebbe - coming forward as group would have been a better strategy and it was all as meaningful as a packet of Rich Tea biscuits, but great - just great. Not five star great, but great anyway


Always Managing: My Autobiography
Always Managing: My Autobiography
by Harry Redknapp
Edition: Paperback
Price: £5.59

4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting, pacy read, 23 Jun 2014
I enjoyed the book and read it quickly. I am a Spurs fan - and hold no particular brief for Redknapp whose mercenary instincts are clear despite all the 'cheeky chappie' bunk put in here - but I found the insights into the real world of football dealings interesting.

You would have to have a heart of granite to not sympathise for a man who lost a close friend in a horror accident during Italia 90 and whose career peaked at West Ham and was curtailed by injury issues. He is brutally honest about his limitations as a player - citing the (immortal) Bill Nicholson, who branded him as a winger who never scored. However, even though he professes brutal honesty, the description of his trial and his 'courting' of the England job do not ring true at all. Is Harry Rednapp an utter moron? I don't think so, but when it came to the 'secret account' that was pretty much his defence. The guy was acquitted, but read this and the simple question you find in your head is 'why' Read it - make your own judgement.

This is not an utterly ghost-written-out-of-existence sport autobiography and the real 'Arry - leaning out of the car window and chatting to Sky Sports News - can be heard so I would urge fans to buy this rather than - say - Rooney's lame output, but at the end, I liked him less


The Drop
The Drop
by Michael Connelly
Edition: Paperback
Price: £5.99

4.0 out of 5 stars Really good Bosch outing, 23 May 2014
This review is from: The Drop (Paperback)
I have read a whole bunch of old favourites recently and was delighted that Connelly and Bosch are still banging out the goods.

Sometimes having two stories in one book lessens the general impact, but I thought this novel was the exception. Bosch is cantankerous, yet vulnerable; obnoxious, but forgiving and always engaging. There was no bolted on 'action scenes' - just patient build-up. The last twist was - in my view - a twist too far, but no matter - I thought this was a satisfying read.


Creole Belle (Dave Robicheaux 19)
Creole Belle (Dave Robicheaux 19)
by James Lee Burke
Edition: Paperback
Price: £6.39

3.0 out of 5 stars Good but flawed, 23 May 2014
James Lee Burke is, without doubt, a towering talent whose books are a joy even if they don't tick every box in a truly great crime story.

The good here is the writing - florid, vivid, intense - and the central characters - Dave and Clete - who are like men of another age, battling to impose their own code on the chaos of modern life. Robicheaux cares - and that makes him vulnerable and that makes him interesting. Compare with Jack Reacher, who is a cartoon these days - it's easier to empathise with a pebble.

The bad in Creole Belle is Dave's/Burke's daughter Alafair, who is a crime author (like the real Alafair Burke). Some might call this inter-textual and interesting - I call it lame and have thought so since Alafair's literary arrival in the second of the series. Everything involving her stretches credibility because the character herself is so unbelievable - a lacuna in the illusion.

Worse are the baddies, who Dave picks as 'wrong 'uns' so early - and then treats them so aggressively - you end up feeling kind of sorry for them, which I'm sure wasn't the idea. Also - as with many long-running series - the ages of the characters is getting a little - ah - flexible. This is okay with Dave and Clete - the oldest law enforcement guys still drawing Louisiana salary checks - but when you have a fixed point - World War Two - and you have a character active at that time, the reality is they'd be in a bath chair at the time of Creole Bell, not taking an active part in proceedings.

In spite of all this, I really enjoyed the book. I love the odd pithy sentence about guilt, regret, pain, evil or - most commonly - death that Burke throws in. I disagree with reviewers who moan about this stuff - this is exactly why JLB is readable (it sure ain't the plots). All in all, not the place for a new reader to start, but enjoyable for us addicts


Constantine [2005] [DVD]
Constantine [2005] [DVD]
Dvd ~ Keanu Reeves
Offered by gowingsstoreltd
Price: £2.75

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Over does the Cosmology, 3 Dec 2013
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This review is from: Constantine [2005] [DVD] (DVD)
I have watched this film repeatedly and it should be good and, in some ways, it is, but it's not. Not really. I want it to be good. I'm always rooting for it, but it's not good, which is a shame, as it should be good.

Plus points - Keanu Reeves shows again - as he did in The Devil's Advocate - that he can do horror in a very cool, insouciant way. He makes sense of the whole John Constantine thing (best exemplified by the way he walks into Midnight's club and with his - well delivered - hand gesture to Lucifer at a critical moment.) Critical fans of the comic book should give him a break - who would be better? Tilda Swinton. Unclear there's any need to elaborate - that woman could read the voice over on Homes Under The Hammer and make it good. She's in this film - therefore it's better than it could have been.

Minus points - a lot, sadly. One, Shia la Boeuf - before he got famous and before he got good - Oh hang on - still waiting for the latter. Too much action; not enough creepiness. Seriously daft, Catholic theology based plot. Catholics don't believe the whole 'suicides go to Hell stuff' so why should a global audience buy it? The Exorcist, another catholic film, does it all far more subtly. Rachel Weitz - really under-whelming. She has two roles here and she stuffs them both up. To give her a break, the script gives her character(s) no chance to live or develop, but I thought she was wooden.

However the main problem with this is that it postulates a whole cosmology about demons and angels which makes human existence seem like a pathetic game of charades, which it may be, but i don't need a rubbish horror film to assert this. It is all best left to the imagination and - in this film - it's not.

Satan's a blast though


The President's Vampire: 2
The President's Vampire: 2
by Christopher Farnsworth
Edition: Paperback
Price: £7.99

3.0 out of 5 stars Great series, but not the best, 18 Nov 2013
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I was slightly surprised that this work has received overwhelmingly positive reviews as I didn't think it was that great. The title is the best thing about it (and the first in the series 'Blood Oath' - which is a rather underwhelming and generic title - should have had that moniker.)

What's good - well the concept of a vampire protecting the president remains strong; Nathaniel Cade is a cool creation and a lot of his lines are funny.

What's bad - the plot is sluggish and 'who cares?'; there are a lot of historical flashbacks that do that thing that bad historical novels do and just reference people we've heard of - Eliot Ness, Robert Kennedy - to no advancement of the story. The baddies suck - snakeheads, pah, I've known more scary grandmothers and, in lieu of any real pace, we just get one of the central characters kidnapped so they can be rescued. Dull, dull, dull..... The central conspiracy is too diffuse. It's a lumpy, overblown, everybody-is-bad thing that feels lazy. Who are the Shadow Company? What is the threat? I don't get it. It does not grip and Cade and Zach, his human handler, are not really in jeopardy - they're going to be in the next book, folks, so what is gripping?

Don't get me wrong. This isn't terrible, but Blood Oath was better and - happily - the next in the series - 'Red, White and Blood' (now there's a title - take a bow) - is much better. I am very for this series - pacy horror, it's what we want - but this outing, not so copacetic.


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