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Castle - Season 1 & 2 [DVD]
Castle - Season 1 & 2 [DVD]
Dvd ~ Nathan Fillion
Offered by samm trade OG
Price: £45.40

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars funny, clever and well-acted, 23 May 2012
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great show, one of the best crime-of-the-week type shows for a long time, with a great comedic edge and fantastic cast, from the leads down really good. i just wonder how long they can keep said leads apart, and will that affect the dynamic? i don't think so in this case.

obviously not in HD, but the picture and sound quality are fine for dvd, 4 episodes per disc, so not too compressed.

love it and highly recommended.


Proporta Aluminium Lined Leather Pouch Case Cover for Samsung Galaxy S 2 Galaxy S II with Lifetime warranty
Proporta Aluminium Lined Leather Pouch Case Cover for Samsung Galaxy S 2 Galaxy S II with Lifetime warranty

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars much better than any alternative, 2 Aug 2011
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personally i hate spoiling the lines of my phones with bulky cases, and covering the screens, with this pouch i can protect my mobile perfectly except when i have it in my hands and am using it directly, which is fine by me. it is also markedly less-bulky for transport in a bag or pocket than any alternative i've seen. it is also a well-made product, though very very slightly too short in length to fully-encompass my galaxy s2, which would be my only criticism.


X-Force: Sex and Violence
X-Force: Sex and Violence
by Louise Simonson
Edition: Hardcover

5.0 out of 5 stars Gabriele Dell'otto's artwork is astonishing once again, 2 Aug 2011
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the story is quite a simple one, but to be honest if you buy this product you are probably buying it for the art, and that - by italian maestro Dell'otto - is simply astonishing, probably even better than his "Secret War" project a few years ago; fan favourites Wolverine and Domino are rendered in exquisite beauty throughout, with some lovely splash images. my only criticism is that some of these 2-page splash images are marred by the binding down the centre-fold so you can't appreciate them nearly enough.


Ben 10 Ultimate Alien Hyperalien Vilgax Figure
Ben 10 Ultimate Alien Hyperalien Vilgax Figure

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Hyper Alien Vilgax is cool., 2 Aug 2011
= Durability:4.0 out of 5 stars  = Fun:4.0 out of 5 stars  = Educational:3.0 out of 5 stars 
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bigger than the standard figures, it is well-made and seemingly durable - my son likes it hugely for mass ben10 figure-battles, which is why i bought it, so a very successful product on that basis. if i were a collector i would question some of the detailing/finish, but kids will never notice that. personally i find the villains much more interesting and this, original incarnation of vilgax (from the original series, despite the 'alien force' packaging), is a much better design than the later one from a conceptual point of view.


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5.0 out of 5 stars Great!, 31 Mar 2011
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I was looking for some hard-wearing boots to replace my old Timberlands, brown is a fairly unusual colour i guess, at least it was hard to find the right colour - these CATs fit the bill perfectly - good to look at, don't mark too easily, great colour, comfortable and (hopefully) hard-wearing. i've had CATs before and they have all been comfortable and last ages, i fully expect these to be no different, and they sure feel like they will.


Assassin's Creed - Classics Edition (Xbox 360)
Assassin's Creed - Classics Edition (Xbox 360)
Offered by Game Trade Online
Price: £10.98

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars not a great GAME but a wonderful slice of history, 15 Feb 2011
= Fun:4.0 out of 5 stars 
i actually played this game after Assassin's Creed II and Brotherhood, i was originally put off by the reviews, which all cited repetitive gameplay, despite the allure of a fascinating period of history (the 3rd crusade), but after playing the sequels i yearned to experience this, the first in the series, and for a decent price of only £10, why refuse?

unfortunately, certainly compared to the sequels, the gameplay is limited and very repetitive - you don't have nearly as much freedom to improvise and your mini-objectives to set up the main "assassinations" are the same, each and every time, in each of 3 areas of each modelled city, then when you get to the actual, main assassinations, you very often can't act like an assassin because of old-school mechanics like the AI instantly knowing where you are, and being on alert, and very unforgiving ranges to actually assassinate anyone (fixed in the sequels, thankfully).

however, this is more than made up for by the locations, and to some extent, the story: Acre, Jerusalem and Damascus are all modelled with as much historical accuracy as possible, and they are all wonders to behold - filled with NPC characters doing authentic daily tasks, with shops, street vendors, guards, the cities really come alive and there is more joy just experiencing walking around these vibrant (and all unique) locations than actually playing the game. seeing templars and english knights in armour and contrasting those with the saracen forces really is amazing and can't be emphasised enough - the crusades are a fascinating period of history and some well-known characters do make appearances in the story (Coeur de Lion please stand up), it makes for a wonderfully immersive experience all round. connecting these cities is a nebulous area simply called the kingdom, large and (later on especially) filled with annoying guards (especially those in towers who always spot you as an assassin, even when you are incognito).

as for the story, well this is actually a sort of science fiction game where you play a protagonist in the present "re-living" the memories of his ancestors with the use of a special machine called the animus. frankly the modern hook doesn't really work here (though it gets much better in later games), but it does break up the game a little bit, although being yanked into the present after certain events goes somewhat against all the immersive work in-missions. basically it breaks down into the "good guys" are assassins, the bad guys all the religious "templars" - though the religion aspect is downplayed in favour of world-domination - and the templars have kidnapped a modern-day assassin to relive the memories of his ancestor to find a mysterious "object" vital to their plans. not only that but they were quite meddlesome in assassin affairs in the past, too...

overall assassin's creed is a great game - it can be frustrating and repetitive, but if you can overlook that and just enjoy the amazing locations and history you will have a great time.


ByteStor 8GB USB High Speed "Dataferry" Red Flash Drive
ByteStor 8GB USB High Speed "Dataferry" Red Flash Drive

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars fast, reliable and good capacity, 31 Oct 2010
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i have used bytestor usb drives for years now and they are always reliable, with reasonable data transfer rates. i bought this one as red makes a nice change from the usual blues or blacks these things are normally sold in, and the slightly translucent effect is really nice. 8GB is a bit less than i previously bought, but if you have a tendency to lose them (as i sometimes do) then having 2 in smaller capacities mean you lose less in one go!

upsides: good capacity, reasonable transfer rates (especially from device to something else), nice colour, reliability.

downside: the plastic shell is a little fragile. non-encrypted as standard.


The Technician (Polity 4)
The Technician (Polity 4)
by Neal Asher
Edition: Hardcover

2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars more awesome science fiction from neal asher, 31 Oct 2010
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It is difficult to know where to start with The Technician, because it's really quite complicated. OK no, it's not that hard - first off: it's brilliant. It is complicated for the single reason that it links quite heavily to previous events in the Polity series of Books by the author, particularly one of the first: The Line of Polity (both chronologically and internal timeline-wise), as such it is well worth re-reading that book again, first (because it's also awesome), to brush up some of the characters that make a return here, as well as the planet: Masada, which has had quite the turbulent history so far, and shows no sign of changing now.

That's not to say there aren't new characters, oh no, quite the contrary, the usual assortment of AIs, human, haimans (a kind of in-between), adapted humans, aliens all make appearances, but are all realistically and beautifully realised, and there are some subtle and not-so-subtle contemporary political/religious allegories within them. Then there's the thing that gives the book it's title: by turns absolutely horrifying and fascinating, this is a creation of superb science fiction, you at once believe it is an absolute monster, but it becomes something else by the end - awe-inspiring (and if that alone doesn't get you to read the book, nothing will), truly it is one of the most complex and well-realised creations Neal has conceived - and that's saying something when you routinely have mechanisms that can destroy worlds ever-present.

I won't say anything about most of the characters and plot, because that would really spoil things (and this is definitely something to experience yourself), but i will make a couple of points:

The Polity timeline fits this book, kind of in the middle of the series, so some of the later books shine some of the events in a newer light, on reflection, but also throw up some questions that I've had running around my head since finishing: why are the Polity (particularly the ruling AIs) so passive, especially when it continually turns out they aren't anywhere near as clever or in-control as they think they are (though hints are given that back-up contingencies do exist), a creature called "Dragon" is particularly adept at manipulating them and actually is fundamental to both the cause and resolution of events in this book, mostly unknown to the Polity. Perhaps though that is the rub: humans, and by extension their creations, however clever, display the faults of their original masters: stupidity (at times), overconfidence, pride and some arrogance. I can certainly accept these faults here, but then why do the Polity act the same way in later-set events, as well?

This is my biggest fault, really, not the lack of proaction, but because the Polity AIs are all interesting (especially their residential serial-killer one in this novel: Penny Royal and also one from Shadow of the Scorpion, funnily enough a scorpion-shaped ex-war-drone called Amistad) and great characters, their subsequent sidelining in events is all the more frustrating - I can well understand the human character getting somewhat sidelined when something turns up that can reduce an entire race to ash, but not so much them. It must be said that Penny Royal has an very cool encounter with the Technician at some point, and the sheer awesomeness of them both becomes very clear - the latter from then on transforms from a complex monster into something totally epic in nature.

The Polity AI attack-spaceships do have some spectacular sequences against something vast and immensely powerful late-on, which compensates somewhat from the inaction of the main "stars". As for the human cast: well the villains are often very well-realised and full of believable and all-too-human hatreds and irrationality, and most meet suitably grisly ends, often at the hands of the local fauna - an assortment of horrors of a surprisingly... artificial origin. As for the others, well one of them spends most of the book completely insane (a recurring theme here, and not just in the humans), but develops very nicely and well-paced, and transcends into something else entirely by the end; whilst the others are only shades away from it, themselves, with the possible exception of Leif Grant the "vanilla" male, if you will, caught up in events beyond his control.

It is hard to describe much of this book without spoiling it, and that is something i fervently wish to avoid, so i guess this review is a little less coherent and informative than perhaps those in the past, all i can say is that you should really check this book out to fill in the details and enjoy the ride.

It will be interesting to see where the Polity series goes - though not straight away, as Neal will be dabbling in his other science fiction universe next - because things have now gotten ever more complicated: 2 more alien races have (re-)joined the mix, as well as all of the other in- and ex-Polity wonders, the future is an exciting place to be, indeed!


Ben 10 Secret of the Omnitrix [DVD]
Ben 10 Secret of the Omnitrix [DVD]
Dvd ~ Sebastian Montes
Offered by best_value_entertainment
Price: £3.17

5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars a great tv-film but better off as part of the box-set, 31 Oct 2010
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this is a special made-for-cartoon-network ben 10 'film' - as such you get slightly higher production values than normal and this is at least 2/3 normal episodes' worth of content in a seamless row. the plot is the usual ben 10 sort of thing (the arch nemesis, Vilgax, chasing ben tennyson for the omnitrix), but unusually most of the action takes place in space - making a nice change from the normal series. i bought this for my 3 year old son and he loves it.

the only downside is that - as cheap as it is to buy - you can get the same episodes as part of the box-set of the entire show, and as that is around £20 usually, that represents better value overall, but if you are in the market for a cheap ben 10 film, this more than serves.


Ben 10 - Season 1 - Complete [DVD]
Ben 10 - Season 1 - Complete [DVD]
Offered by All We Ever Look For
Price: £19.99

4.0 out of 5 stars bought this for my son and he loves it!, 6 Sep 2010
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my son is now 3 and he loves Ben 10. i have no idea where he heard of it first, but i bought the dvd set to sate his desire and he watches it pretty much every day. the quality of animation is good, the stories are ok, though not always coherent: kid finds alien watch, learns how it works, goes a bit wrong, fixes itself(? - unexplained) and then he's back to it being fine again in the course of a few episodes and most of the middle series of those events seem to happen off-camera.

still the stories are quite varied, if stretched too thin over a season - more weird earth things than alien in some cases, but it's a kids show so i guess it doesn't need to make too much sense. there's plenty of exotic aliens to support the toy line, and also plenty of eye-catching explosions, too. i think i'll get him the older-skewed ben 10: alien force next time though, where the protagonist is a bit older and it might be a bit more coherent.

weirdly there are 3 dvd discs in the set, with 4 or so episodes on each - being a 25-minute cartoon i'm pretty sure that could have been on 2 discs, even with commentary tracks included. all in all, though, a pretty decent cartoon, with good production value and ok premise - kids love aliens and explosions, after all.
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