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Chicago
Chicago
by Alaa al Aswany
Edition: Hardcover

2.0 out of 5 stars Too Political and Wide-Ranging, 12 Aug. 2008
This review is from: Chicago (Hardcover)
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Not being familiar with this author's previous work, I approached "Chicago" with an open mind. The book starts with historical details of Chicago (what it's Indian name means, etc) and already the author was losing me. There is no 'voice' here...simply authorial intrusion as he speaks directly to the reader. I found myself wanting the story to get going.

When it did start, however, the whole thing rambled too much. The political thought of the too-many characters simply wasn't interesting, nor were the characters themselves. There were too many characters crammed into the pages, as if the author wanted to make sure he got in all the character-tpes he felt he needed to tell the story, instead of keeping things simpler.

All in all, the book is uninteresting.


The Dawkins Delusion?: Atheist Fundamentalism and the Denial of the Divine
The Dawkins Delusion?: Atheist Fundamentalism and the Denial of the Divine
by Alister McGrath
Edition: Paperback
Price: £7.99

36 of 56 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Oh Dear,,,,,, 31 Aug. 2007
In this book, McGrath attempts to disprove Dawkins' ideas, and attempts to put forward a theory of "fundamental atheism". However, it is so badly researched and thought out that, if anything, it SUPPORTS these views by demonstrating just the sort of religious closed-minded fervour that Dawkins (and others) speaks of.

This book is the enemy of rational thought and reason.


Megadeth: That One Night [DVD] [Region 1] [NTSC]
Megadeth: That One Night [DVD] [Region 1] [NTSC]
Dvd ~ Megadeth

9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Concert!, 16 July 2007
"That One Night" features Megadeth live in Buenos Aires. The band line-up is Mustaine, the Drover brothers and McDonaugh. The DVD starts with the band flying out to Buenos Aires, arriving and giving some thoughts on the upcoming show. Drover and Mustaine go to a local park with acoustic guitars and entertain some fans. The acoustic section is then interspersed with the actual show....and what a show!

Mustaine is on top form here, the rest of the band are tight, and the crowd are ultra enthusiastic...even singing along with guitar parts! As in every Megadeth show, technical guitar wizardry is ever-present, as well as some pyrotechnics and large screens by the sides of the stage.

Eighteen songs are played including Kick The Chair, Hangar 18/Return to Hangar 18, Holy Wars, In My Darkest Hour, Tornado of Souls, Blackmail the Universe, Wake Up Dead, etc.

If you are a Megadeth fan, you will love this live DVD!


The Complete Book of Pilates for Men: The Lifetime Plan for Strength, Power & Peak Performance
The Complete Book of Pilates for Men: The Lifetime Plan for Strength, Power & Peak Performance
by Daniel Lyon
Edition: Paperback
Price: £11.38

20 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent!, 24 Jan. 2007
Daniel Lyons' book is clearly written and includes all Pilates mat work from beginner to advanced. As such, if you are interested in doing Pilates at home (no equipment needed), then this book is all you need!

Lyons explains that Jospeh Pilates was a boxer, and that his early clients were boxers and wrestlers. Pilates was created for men, but through the fact that dancers have found it to be so good has become a women-dominated exercise system.

The boxer/wrestler connection is actually easy to see with excercises including wrestlers neck bridges, push ups, etc.

This book is also beautifully illustrated with line drawings of the author performing each movement. Clear, detailed and succint.

If you want to strengthen your core and change your entire body in a few weeks, get this book!


The Pit Workout [DVD] [NTSC]
The Pit Workout [DVD] [NTSC]
Dvd ~ Chuck Liddell

7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome No-Frills Workout!, 18 Jan. 2007
This review is from: The Pit Workout [DVD] [NTSC] (DVD)
The Pit Workout DVD consists of three hour-long workouts. The first is upper body, the second lower body, and the third both upper and lower. No equipment is needed (a punchbag is optional), so it can be performed anywhere.

This will get you into shape! Anyone who says it's easy is not doing it right..it's as simple as that! And simplicity is the key to The Pit. The exercises are tough and are broken up with hiting or kicking the bag (or shadow boxing if you don't have a bag handy).

Although Chuck Lidell's name is used to sell the DVD, the workout is taught by John Hackelman (Lidell's teacher). Hackelman is a great teacher.

Bottom line: If you buy this DVD and follow the workouts three times a week, you will get into great shape!


The Monk Who Sold his Ferrari
The Monk Who Sold his Ferrari
by Robin Sharma
Edition: Paperback
Price: £6.99

7 of 10 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Badly-Written Rubbish!, 3 July 2006
This book tells the story of Julian Mantle, a lawyer who has a heart attack, then decides all the material possessions he has are not doing anything for him...he needs spiritual teachings.

He goes off to India and returns to tell his friend that he found a secret group of sages called the Sages of Sivana who hold a secret teaching that bestows youth and spiritual mastery to its adherents.

What is this "secret teaching"?...make time for yourself every day and unclutter your life. Well...duh!

New Age self-help claptrap disguised as something more. The teachings the author presents here (he even calls it the "Sivana System") has been churned out countless times in other self-help books. Nothing new, and nothing that common sense, or any life coach or time-management coach wouldn't tell you.

If you want to achieve real change in your life, read Pema Chodron...not this awful book.


Power within the Land: The Roots of Celtic and Underworld Traditions Awakening the Sleepers and Regenerating the Earth (Celtic Myth and Legend)
Power within the Land: The Roots of Celtic and Underworld Traditions Awakening the Sleepers and Regenerating the Earth (Celtic Myth and Legend)
by R. J. Stewart
Edition: Paperback

8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent!!!, 20 Oct. 2005
The follow-up to RJ Stewart's "Earth Light", "Power Within the Land" leads the reader (through practical exercises) to the deeper realms of the Underworld, including the Hidden Orders and Temples.
An in-depth look at the Underworld tradition with empowered visualisations such as "The Sleeping Maiden" and the "Temple of the Four Winds".
Excellent.


The Underworld Initiation: A Journey Towards Psychic Transformation
The Underworld Initiation: A Journey Towards Psychic Transformation
by R. J. Stewart
Edition: Paperback

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars This book started it all!!!, 20 Oct. 2005
The Underworld Initiation is the first of RJ Stewart's Underworld books (the next being "Earth Light",and the third being "Power Within The Land"). As such, it is a work of value to anyone working within the Underworld tradition/Faery Realm.
Perhaps not quite as accessible as the fantastic "Earth Light" and "Power Within The Land" (thus only 4 stars), but an important work nevertheless.


Bubblegum Crisis - Tokyo 2040 - Vol. 1 [1999] [DVD]
Bubblegum Crisis - Tokyo 2040 - Vol. 1 [1999] [DVD]
Dvd ~ Yu Asakawa
Offered by playstation_mania
Price: £19.99

1 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An EXCELLENT Anime Series!, 7 Feb. 2005
BGC 2040 is an excellent anime series.....
The plot is thought-provoking and every characer is explored regarding their goals, inner desires, etc. The action is good, and the character design excellent!
Highly recommended!


Gunsmith Cats - Bulletproof [1995] [DVD]
Gunsmith Cats - Bulletproof [1995] [DVD]
Dvd ~ Gunsmith Cats

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Animated Fun!, 7 Feb. 2005
Gunsmith Cats: Bulletproof contans 3 episodes about the Gunsmith Cats (Rally Vincent and May Hopkins). These three episodes combine into one larger story.
If you like great gunfights and car chases, this is a good anime to buy. The cars and guns are realistic and there's also a 40 minute "making of" feature on the DVD.
Excellent!


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