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The Art of Tomb Raider A Survivor is Born
The Art of Tomb Raider A Survivor is Born
by Brian Horton
Edition: Paperback

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Better than expected, 22 May 2013
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I was a little sceptic buying this, because I generally prefer art books to be hardbacks. But I gotta say, the book is really beautiful and the quality is great, so it actually doesn't matter. Highly recommendable.


Mass Effect 3 Play Arts Kai Female Commander Shepard Action Figure
Mass Effect 3 Play Arts Kai Female Commander Shepard Action Figure

5.0 out of 5 stars Love it!, 22 May 2013
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If you're a fan of Mass Effect? This is great. If you're a fan of FemShep? This is something you seriously have to own. Beautifully done. Love it.


Tomb Raider: Collector's Edition (Xbox 360)
Tomb Raider: Collector's Edition (Xbox 360)
Price: 68.92

5.0 out of 5 stars Great game!, 15 May 2013
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I have never played any of the previous Tomb Raider games, but this one is fantastic. Great gameplay, interesting characters, beautiful graphics and fun multiplayer options. I highly recommend it!

I mainly bought the Collector's Edition for the figure, which is high quality and very well made. The rest of the extra stuff is not really anything special. So I say; buy the CE if you want the figure, otherwise go for the normal version of the game.


Flavors Of Entanglement (Standard Edition)
Flavors Of Entanglement (Standard Edition)
Price: 7.27

0 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars ...and she's back!, 7 Jun 2008
Alanis Morissette is a genius. But as a previous reviewer said, sometimes it just doesn't translate very well and her songs end up as a strange mixture of wordy lyrics and mediocre tunes. Like say, her last effort "So-Called Chaos". So I was a bit weary and nervous about this record to say the least - fortunately, that was completely unnecessary.

"Jagged Little Pill", Morissette's huge tidal wave from the mid nineties, changed the lives of many, many people and had the critics clapping their hands in delight. So when the time came for her to release a follow-up, many people were expecting "Jagged Little Pill Two" - and were greatly disappointed. That disappointment has marked the public's thoughts and opinions of every other song written by the singer. And unfortunately often tainting reviews and blinding reviewers and listeners alike; but no, Alanis has never written a "Jagged Little Pill Two", but instead constantly changed her style - a great example being the ingenious, experimental, India-inspired rock album "Supposed Former Infatuation Junkie". In my opinion, a much better record than "Jagged Little Pill". But as I mentioned at the beginning, some of her changes have not always been for the better. Her last record "So-Called Chaos" is best described with one word - "so?" Her raw and honest genius seemed buried beneath too many words and an overproduced sonic layer.

But, in true Alanis-style, she has reinvented herself - again. "Flavors of Entanglement" is a collection of, almost, nothing but gems. Its opener "Citizen of the Planet" is eastern inspired, sporting fancy metaphors and offering one of the best lead-ups to a chorus I've heard in a very long time. The next track "Underneath" is a decent single, very easy on the ears but certainly not the song showcasing the album's brilliance. That job is offered to "Versions of Violence", "Moratorium", "Giggling Again For No Reason" and "Tapes". The first mentioned is quite dark, with a fantastic intro, leading Morissette's voice out from deep within. The next is perhaps one of the best songs she has ever written, with lines like "I declare a respite from the toils of liaison, I do need a breather from the flavors of entanglement", also somehow describing the theme of this record. Many reviewers call it angry, but it really isn't. Sure, she swears on "Straitjacket" (the only song on the album that is, to be frank, quite horrible), but the record at its core seems to be a journey of finding yourself again after a relationship has ended. Honouring the good times on "In Praise of The Vulnerable Man", trying to regain ones footing (the beautiful ballad "Not As We"), and discovering you are suddenly able to smile again - unprovoked ("Giggling Again For No Reason") - and is that truly not a sign that you are, in fact, doing quite alright again?

"Tapes" is the one song on the record combining everything Alanis does well. Very, very well. "All these tapes in my head swirl around, keeping my vibe down, all these thoughts in my head aren't my own, wreaking havoc" - these beautiful lyrics have the same power as all of her best to date; they hit you right where you are the most fragile. They are honest, familiar and not at all without consequences. Her voice delivers them perfect - I especially recommend the last minute of the song, where she makes her famous high-pitched, floating vocal-sounds.

It is impossible to write a decent review of this record without crediting Guy Sigsworth, who has lend the record a new, modern electro/beat sound, making the album stand out as different, new and refreshing. Only very few songs seem a bit overproduced, like for instance the otherwise likeable "Incomplete", making the them a bit shallow. One other complaint is the chronology. Alanis' albums are very often best when listened to as a whole, because the songs together tell a bigger story or seem to capture a special feeling. But this album is an exception; it seems a bit messy and straying. And that is something of a shame, and also a fact that, along with the horrible "Straitjacket", makes me want to remove half a star from my final evaluation.

Nonetheless, a very recommendable album, from an always interesting artist - well done Alanis!


His Dark Materials Gift Set: "Northern Lights", "The Subtle Knife", "The Amber Spyglass"
His Dark Materials Gift Set: "Northern Lights", "The Subtle Knife", "The Amber Spyglass"
by Philip Pullman
Edition: Paperback

5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant, 13 Nov 2004
These books are one word: brilliant. But I still feel the need to use a few more to describe them. First of all, "His Dark Materials" is one fantastic adventure that you can't help being drawn into while reading. The experience of reading this trilogy is simply amazing - Philip Pullman is an incredible writer who knows just how to use his words to tell the best tale possible. And he must be bloody brilliant to tell one like this. It is not a book you read while you are going to sleep and only half awake - it requires, and deserves, some thought as there are many layers to it. Having read tons of fantasy novels, I am inclined to say that these books offer the genre a chance to be something more than just fantastical tales.

So basically, if you like well written, philosophical adventures with complex themes and are between x(you decide) - 10000 years old, buy this. I assure you, you won't regret it.


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