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Fifty Shades of Grey
Fifty Shades of Grey
Price: 3.32

5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Edward and Bella Hit The Big Time Again!, 21 July 2012
I wish E.L. James would have set this in the UK, like Billionaire's Contract (The Billionaire's Contract Series). Her British phrases and some of the words she uses don't fit into the American setting she has chosen to use for Fifty Shades of Grey. Forget international 'appeal'. She should have stuck with what she knew.

Fifty Shades of Grey explores how a successful alpha businessman conducts his relationship with a woman who is insecure about herself. He is dripping confidence and sex appeal but she is a pretty undiscovered flower.

Like Bared to You: A Crossfire Novel, Fifty Shades of Grey details the sexual encounters of such a couple.

However, this book (originally a Twilight fan fiction piece called Master Of The Universe) falls short of its desired goal in a number of ways. Anastasia Steele is just too innocent/dumb to be even a little bit realistic. Christian Grey doesn' seem real either because the various aspects of his personality are so contradictory that he is just inconsostent.

He's not really a Dom either because he menions to Anastasia at one point that he has experimented with being a Sub. So, he is actually a Switch. Whether this is explored in the second and third books, I'm not sure. I might think that E.L James is using these contradictions as a set-up for a later payoff but the writing is so bad that I can't even hope that to be a fact. A writer who describes a long boring walk across the city, including the wait for a light to change so the characters can cross the road, isn't going to be using literary devices like foreshadowing.

I believe from reading this book that the author was way out of her depth both in the setting she used and the subject matter she wrote about.

There is also a scene at the end that I found very distasteful. Abuse is not BDSM, Miss James!


The Bachman Books
The Bachman Books
Price: 7.49

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Early Works of the Master!, 17 Oct 2011
This review is from: The Bachman Books (Kindle Edition)
Stephen King is now an institution. Here are three of his earlier stories. While not on par with some of his later works, they offer a good insight into the master of horror's earlier ideas and the beginnig of his development as a writer.

My favorite is The Running Man which was made into a movie which is nothing like the story. The Long Walk is quite tense, and Roadwork, while not a big fave of mine, is readable and interesting.

Recommended if you want to experience King before he became the legend he is today.

For lovers of this genre I also recommend:

Christine

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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)
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
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: 5.59

36 of 55 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: 8.01

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!


Novelist's Boot Camp: 101 Ways to Take Your Book from Boring to Bestseller
Novelist's Boot Camp: 101 Ways to Take Your Book from Boring to Bestseller
by Todd A. Stone
Edition: Hardcover
Price: 15.96

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An Excellent Tool for Novelists, 13 Sep 2006
Todd Stone's 'Novelist's Boot Camp' is a useful tool for the serious writer. Stone compares writing a novel to drawing up and following a battle plan, and the analogy works.

His advice is useful and, if followed, will result in a well-planned novel. The drills are short but none of them is a meaningless exercise...they are all a step in the right direction toward completing your novel. The drills are the meat of this book, and are workable tools for writing a novel.

If you're serious about writing, 'The Novelist's Boot Camp' is highly recommended.

Did I mention that the pages are all bordered in green? It is also illustrated with line drawings of military characters. And it is a durable hard cover just the right size to slip into a bag when you're travelling.


Buddhism with an Attitude: The Tibetan Seven-point Mind-training
Buddhism with an Attitude: The Tibetan Seven-point Mind-training
by B. Alan Wallace
Edition: Hardcover

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An Excellent Book on Cultivating Bhodicitta, 3 July 2006
This is an excellent book on cultivating Bhodicitta. From the Preliminaries to deeper meditations on self/no self, the Seven Points are elucidated clearly and concisely.


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.


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