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Rio: My Story
Rio: My Story
by Rio Ferdinand
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £18.99

15 of 23 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Devoid of any redeeming features, 7 Nov. 2006
This review is from: Rio: My Story (Hardcover)
Badly written, uninteresting. His only interest is to make more money to add to his wad and buy more bling. Stick to what your good at, which I'm not sure, attention seeking? The man comes over as a conceited whinger, who has unproffessionally used this book as a means of abusing those who have earned his disfavour.

Avoid like the plague. It is ridiculously overpriced for what it is. Oh, there is a redeeming feature, it is useful for squashing wasps, having a large surface area (presumably to enable the use of a large enough font so that the standard Rio fan can actually understand the words, which in some cases are over four letters long.).
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The Bible: Authorized King James Version (Oxford World's Classics)
The Bible: Authorized King James Version (Oxford World's Classics)
by Stephen Prickett
Edition: Paperback

39 of 132 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Mediocre Work Of Fiction, 6 Nov. 2006
Basically a collection of tales of the fantastic, outdated and with little relevance today. Apparntly this work has inspired some sort of religious following, though how anyone these days can believe in any sort of omnipotent God defies belief.

A few interesting tales, but all very moralistic (as you would expect), and quite insular as well. It is always dangerous to try and control people by trying to force them to live under the tenets of any religion, and these 10 commandments are also a little far fetched.

'Thou shalt not covet graven images?' where did that one come from. But on a rather more serious note, it is quotes like that which make this book rather dangerous. It dismisses all other religions and does not preach any kind of tolerance. No wonder our world is in the state it is.
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Peter Pan (Penguin Popular Classics)
Peter Pan (Penguin Popular Classics)
by J. M. Barrie
Edition: Paperback

13 of 25 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Sinister And Dark, 6 Nov. 2006
Now, at the very mention of Peter Pan, we conjure up an image of a loveable rogue intent on having fun, and not growing up of course. But from this, I don't think Barrie would have approved of our modern day interpretation.

He's actually, a very wicked and selfish lad. Our first sight of this disturbing alter ego is en route to neverland, he is quite willing to let John and the others die because he is too bored or forgetful to wake them up when they fall asleep mid-flight.

They arrive at the said place, and what happens, Tink tries to actually kill Wendy. This was quite a shock to me, but braced me for what was to come. The gruesome and sad demise of the Indians, the brutality and sheer evil of Captain Hook, were all so much a deviation from my expectations that I was slightly stunned.

And its not as if the story is that good. It gives a brief overview of all the adventures upon the Island, without any details as such, and a few insights into how the lost boys live. There is no cohesive story as such, just a few sporadic and random tales, which culminate in the final battle with Hook.

In summation the book is nothing like you would imagine. There is a gritty reality in the fate of those who are slain, and even in the very notion of death, for as Pan himself says 'to die would be an awfully big adventure'. The book is nasty, dark and sinister, and adresses issues which would possibly make it not appropriate to the young audience to which it has been aimed.
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The Collected Ghost Stories of E.F. Benson: new edn
The Collected Ghost Stories of E.F. Benson: new edn
by E. F. Benson
Edition: Paperback

6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Some Of These Are Better Than M.R James, 6 Nov. 2006
E.F Benson is not so well known as Mr James, but his stories have a harder edge of terror for me. He is quite simply the best horror story writer to ever grace our planet.

One tale in particular stands out for me and that is 'The Room In The Tower'. It has stayed with me since I first read it years ago, as the single most terrifying story I have ever read. If it's goosebumps at bedtime your after, get yourself a copy.

Bat Out Of Hell III - The Monster Is Loose [CD + DVD]
Bat Out Of Hell III - The Monster Is Loose [CD + DVD]
Offered by themusicmerchant
Price: £13.84

1 of 22 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Not My Cup Of Tea, 6 Nov. 2006
Not a big meatloaf fan, listened to it under the recommendation of a work colleague who is not in my clique. The songs are predictable and uninspired. His voice just warbles on and seems to consist of him shouting, which really grates on me, and his lyrics leave a lot to be desired.

Jade's World
Jade's World
by Neil Simpson
Edition: Hardcover

12 of 17 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Goody Goody, 6 Nov. 2006
This review is from: Jade's World (Hardcover)
This is another joke. Jade Goody is empty headed and repugnant, as others have observed. I guess this is some divine power making up for the fact she was born without any endearing attributes (i.e personality, looks, nice body, intelligence etc). This can only encouarge those in a similar boat to desperately claw at fame as she has done.

So Jade churns out her first of two novels, justified upon the premise of 'starring' on a reality show. She seems to have been 'taken to the nations heart'. I am at a loss to understand why, as nothing can possibly earn derision more than a Z-lister trying desperately to stay in the public eye and therefore inflate her bank balance.

I do not expect her to understand the damage she is doing to the book industry, as I do not expect her to have knowledge of the existence of books.

Keeping it Real
Keeping it Real
by Jodie Marsh
Edition: Paperback

21 of 31 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Waste Of Space, 6 Nov. 2006
This review is from: Keeping it Real (Paperback)
How can a woman be famous for doing nothing. I guess you would class her as a socialite (i.e goes to parties in skimpy outfits to attract publicity). Her life is uninteresting, and people would do well not to follow her example, and to have ambitions other than to become 'famous' for wearing very little. No wonder there is a shortage of chemistry and physics graduates, their all trying to emulate people like this.

A thoroughly bad example of humankind, a parasite on society. Twenty years ago this woman would have been rightly castigated and sent to the dole office where she belongs. Today, she takes advantage of our unhealthy obsession with fame.

So, it makes complete sense she would churn out an autobiography, just to make more money and fix herself in the limelight. I can only hope she crawls back under the rock she came from and never darken the doorway of another club/bar ever again.

Sharon Osbourne Extreme: My Autobiography
Sharon Osbourne Extreme: My Autobiography
by Sharon Osbourne
Edition: Paperback
Price: £9.99

10 of 34 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Get Back Under Ozzy's Shadow, 6 Nov. 2006
Sharon Osbourne? How did she become famous? Oh yes, that's right she married a famous, hair raising rocker. Then what happened? She starred in a reality show (is this a familiar theme?), and somehow she is now qualified to judge singers and bands.

I know she managed Ozzy, but he was hardly noted for his sweet vocal talents, and it would be argued that his career rather went downhill once she took over. Then somehow she becomes an X - factor judge, and is responsible for making and breaking dreams, and all this because she happens to be a 'celebrity'.

So, logical step, churn out an autobiography, cash in at the height of your fame and make as much money as you can without regard for the book industry you are destroying.
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Kerry Katona: Too Much, Too Young: My Story of Love, Survival and Celebrity
Kerry Katona: Too Much, Too Young: My Story of Love, Survival and Celebrity
by Kerry Katona
Edition: Paperback
Price: £7.99

6 of 10 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars What?, 26 Oct. 2006
This is something like Katonas 5th (yes 5th) autobiography, no small achievement for somebody of such meagre fame. She was in a rather poor manufactured muscial group and someone from another manufactured muscial group before promptly getting divorced.

If you understand the circumstances, you may sympathise. She teeters on the edge of bankrupcy, even while living in a mansion, and after having the kind of brake most kids would give their left arm for. So, while she still has the slightest inklings of fame, she will happily churn out this garbage to fend off the bailiffs.

As you would expect, it is half baked nonsense only aimed at trying to wring out some pity (oh my god, she was bullied at school? what a story, get it on the front page), so that she can resurrect her floundering career. I mean, poor girl, how unlucky that she should have been given 'too much too young.' Does she really expect sympathy? Perhaps she should consider people who slave for a mere pittance, rather than gibbering on about what a hard life she has had.

Unfortunately for her, people are becoming cheesed off with this sort of (ghost)written nonsense. The literary audience lose patience by a market saturated with this dross from these z listers.

Of course, this must appeal to some people, or else the unscrupulous publishers would not commit the sin of publishing it. If you re one of those people, shame on you!

My Little Eye -- Special Edition [DVD] [2002]
My Little Eye -- Special Edition [DVD] [2002]
Dvd ~ Sean Cw Johnson
Offered by best_value_entertainment
Price: £1.26

0 of 2 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Nice idea, bad execution, 26 Oct. 2006
Now, those with a penchance for reality shows will see where this is coming from. It has attempted to take Big Brother and change it into a horror come whodunnit.

A number of societies misfits (very like Big Brother then) are lured to a gothic mansion, rigged with cameras, under some shabby pretext. It is not long before rather creepy things begin to occur, and eventually people start to die, and they come to the conclusion it must be one among them (wow, what an amazing flight of fancy). The body count rises, and eventually the killer is revealed.

The acting really lets it down, and at times is cringingly bad. Save for the original idea, the plot is turgid and fails to hold the interest. It just plods from one 'scary' event to another, the characterisation is feeble. The film is kind of dark, but it serves only to depress rather than give it that film noir feel.

The script does little to aid the acting, and although it is packed with those jump moments akin to scream, you will probably remain unmoved. Basically, don't watch this. There are so many better horror films out there.

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