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Kid Icarus: Uprising (Nintendo 3DS)
Kid Icarus: Uprising (Nintendo 3DS)
Offered by Shop Spectrum
Price: £28.99

4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Kid Icarus and controls, 10 April 2012
= Fun:5.0 out of 5 stars 
i totally agree with most of the other positive reviews. the only thing i would like to add is that controls are customizable. apart from having the stand that comes bundled with the game, you can use the circle pad pro (i haven't tried it yet), you can also change the configuration of the 'fire' and 'aim' buttons. i couldn't get used to using the touch screen in order to aim and change the camera direction, so i changed that with the option of using the a,b,x,y buttons. so, all i want to add is that you shouldn't worry about the control scheme, it IS customizable... though you will definitely get finger cramps if you play for too long (and trust me, you will play this game A LOT). hope this helps....

Professor Layton and the Spectre's Call (Nintendo DS)
Professor Layton and the Spectre's Call (Nintendo DS)
Offered by sir_bubby
Price: £9.81

3.0 out of 5 stars may it be the last layton of that sort....., 4 Jan. 2012
= Fun:3.0 out of 5 stars 
i am a huge layton fan and i've played all the games in the series. while this could possibly be the best yet (great music, much better storyline compared to the others), it still suffers from a total lack of originality. as another reviewer said it is 'same old same old'. after finishing the game i just felt that level 5 didn't put any serious effort in the game. they just wanted to make money out of their final layton game for the ds. i really hope that the 3ds version will be much better and will not follow the usual path that we layton fans have followed throughout the past couple of years so loyally.
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Doctor Lautrec and The Forgotten Knights (Nintendo 3DS)
Doctor Lautrec and The Forgotten Knights (Nintendo 3DS)
Offered by Trade-N-Go Gaming
Price: £39.99

6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars NOT a Prof. Layton clone!!!!!, 4 Jan. 2012
= Fun:4.0 out of 5 stars 
i've played this game for 10 hours or so. the first thing i would like to say is that it is certainly not a Layton rip-off. I've played all the Layton games on the Ds (which i've thoroughly enjoyed) and i can say that this game is totally different. it is a mixture of rpg, (a bit of ) platform, and puzzle-solving. the graphics are brilliant, the music and voice-acting are a joy to hear and overall this game is great for relaxation after a tough day. it is true that i haven't noticed any climax in the game, it seems to be a bit flat, but nonetheless i seriously recommend this game. if a sequel hopefully appears and the action, suspense, and combat mechanisms are worked upon, then we are going to have a truly outstanding game.
the 3ds is getting better and better by the day!!!!

Advanced Dictionary (Collins Cobuild) with CD-Rom
Advanced Dictionary (Collins Cobuild) with CD-Rom
by Collins Cobuild
Edition: Paperback
Price: £27.54

5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars very disappointing cd, 22 Mar. 2010
true the collins dictionary is probably the best dictionary out there. stay away, however, from the cd rom. as another reviewer said, it takes hours to install or (eventually) uninstall and the famous collins wordbank with the thousands of examples is not there... i suggest simply sticking to the advanced learners dictionary of collins.

The Element of Freedom
The Element of Freedom
Price: £3.00

2 of 4 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars disappointing..., 17 Mar. 2010
This review is from: The Element of Freedom (Audio CD)
i really love alicia keys, she has a great voice, style, and talent. i have all her albums and i especially enjoyed "as i am". i eagerly expected 'the element of freedom' to be released as i had already pre-ordered it. however, i was deeply disappointed. it seems that she tries to become more mainstream and attract younger audiences. i really love her because behind her relaxing, casual tunes one can always find a sense of class and quality.... not now.... the album is very shallow and i think she took a bad turn. i hope next time she gets back on track!

Modern and Postmodern Social Theorizing: Bridging the Divide
Modern and Postmodern Social Theorizing: Bridging the Divide
by Nicos P. Mouzelis
Edition: Paperback
Price: £24.99

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Invaluable insights into sociological theory, 11 Jan. 2009
This book is the latest work of Prof. Mouzelis. Here he expands to a greater extent the propositions he forwarded in his "Back to Sociological Theory" and "Sociological Theory: What went wrong?". Although written in a very clear and straightforward manner, this book is basically for graduate (or advanced undergrad) sociology students and, of course, scholars. Mouzelis offers astounding analyses of the works of Giddens, Bourdieu, Archer, Parsons, Marxist theorists, pinpoints their impasses and tries to bring various perspectives together. People interested in sociological theory and the debates surrounding the micro-macro, agency-structure debates should have this book on their desk at all times!!!

The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle
The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle
by Haruki Murakami
Edition: Paperback
Price: £6.29

2 of 6 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A not well structured Murakami novel, 21 July 2008
I've read quite a few books of Murakami (Kafka on Shore, after the quake, birthday stories and of course the Wind-up bird) and I consider him to be one of the best novelists out there(along with Paul Auster and Philip Roth). He has an amazing ability to narrate surreal situations in the most natural way, as if these things are happening here and now. He is also a master of bringing feelings and thoughts that we have well-buried inside us to the surface in just a few lines. Kafka is a brilliant example. Each and every word he uses is carefully chosen so as to make the novel like a very tightly woven web. Yet this is done in a seemingly effortless way that the reader (at least I! ) finds refreshing.
Having said this, I have to say that the Wind-up bird left me a bit puzzled. I found its structure problematic and overall imbalanced. At some points I kept reading the book with great enthusiasm, but most of the times I kept asking myself "Why is he writing all these things?" I read it until the very end, some 600 pages, slept over it, thought about it after some days, but never found an answer to my question. Yes, it is about alienation, yes he shows how problematic and fragmented relationships can be in our post-modern society. No, he didn't have to spend 600 pages to get across these notions.
The fact that it didn't really enjoy the book doesn't deter me from reading more of Murakami. I've now started "South of the border" and it seems to be a delight!

Mr Vertigo
Mr Vertigo
by Paul Auster
Edition: Paperback
Price: £7.19

2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A rare theme very skillfully narrated, 19 Nov. 2007
This review is from: Mr Vertigo (Paperback)
Before reading Mr. Vertigo I had already enjoyed reading Auster's "Moon Palace" and "The New York Trilogy". What encouraged me to continue reading Auster's novels is his mesmerizing narration and the carefully-crafted plot where characters appear, vanish and reappear at unexpected intervals.
Auster managed once again to make me defer other (more pressing) issues of my everyday life in order to find out what happens to Walt, Master Yehudi, and Mrs W. I honestly found it very difficult to put the book down.
Highly recommended!

I Am Sam [DVD] [2002]
I Am Sam [DVD] [2002]
Dvd ~ Sean Penn
Offered by DVD Overstocks
Price: £10.83

5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A well-balanced film, 13 Jan. 2007
This review is from: I Am Sam [DVD] [2002] (DVD)
Having watched this movie and trying to be as objective as possible, I can say that this movie is somewhat special. It is one of these movies that many people are not aware of, and one that does not add anything unique to the film genre. Nonetheless, it is a clear star. Although ,all of its aspects (scenario, acting, direction) are laudable, what I liked most about this movie is the fact that stereotypes in the scenario are avoided. In fact, all of the characters were developed to such an extent - and portrayed in so profound a way- that the dichotomy between good and bad was transcended (a good person and a bad person fighting in court). Usually movies with a scenario that involves austere social workers, the State, foster parents, and well-paid lawyers paint them with a dark colors, while people with special needs are always the opposite. Here things are different and this vortex of stereotypes is adroitly avoided.

All in all, a nice, bitter-sweet movie with moments of both sadness and happiness, as well as some quite humorous lines. In the beginning I was quite reluctant to watch this movie myself, but now I suggest it without any second thought to literally anyone with a DVD player. thanks Irene!

Skalkottas - Chamber Works
Skalkottas - Chamber Works
Price: £14.01

6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Simply Splendid, 27 Dec. 2006
To put it simply, this CD is yet another proof that the music of this charismatic composer is simply stunning. In the beginning I was quite reluctant to listen to the atonal works of the composer so I had just focused on the tonal ones. After listening repeatedly to his Piano Concerto n.1 I was convinced that there is something special in his music. This CD is a splendid proof that atonal music - as perceived and developed by Skalkottas - can be as breathtaking and warm as tonal music.

I started listening to the most accessible works of this Cd (concertino for trumpet, tango & fox-trot) then went on to the mesmerizing sonata concertante for bassoon and piano , and finally to the quartet and the charming concerto for two violins.

All in all, fantastic Cd. Skalkottas' unique way of expressing his thoughts will leave you wanting to explore his music even more. If in the beginning you can't understand the "direction" of each work, don't get discouraged. Repeated listening will more than reward you!

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