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Satori
Satori
by Trevanian
Edition: Paperback
Price: £8.99

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Literary equivalent of a whopper., 24 Oct. 2014
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This review is from: Satori (Paperback)
Ho hum! I waited a long time to read this. Having been a huge fan of Trevanian, I was afraid of disappointment. On the other hand, I just had to read it.....think if it was as good as Shibumi and I missed out. Anyway I took the plunge and.......well, hmmm, I guess it is a passable thriller fitting neatly into the genre, but if you are expecting something that will satisfy you in the same way as the original then avoid at all costs! It feels like fast food compared to the gourmet meal of Shibumi. I learned nothing from this book.


Collateral - Single Disc Edition [DVD] [2004]
Collateral - Single Disc Edition [DVD] [2004]
Dvd ~ Tom Cruise
Offered by A ENTERTAINMENT
Price: £1.83

2 of 8 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Worst hitman in the history of, well, hit men!, 15 Oct. 2013
Ho hum! This is perhaps worth a look to see Cruise play possibly the most inept hitman in the history of cinema! Bad dialog, stupid plot...awful movie! Watch it for laughs only!


The Monk Who Sold his Ferrari
The Monk Who Sold his Ferrari
by Robin Sharma
Edition: Paperback
Price: £6.49

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars The clue is in the title!, 14 Oct. 2013
What an awful book! I could not get past page 40. It is very poorly written and the ideas it contains are clichés. The clue to how bad it is, is in the title: note that he SOLD his Ferrari! He doesn't give it away or give the proceeds to a charity, no he sells it! Enough said!


Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World (Double Disc Edition) [DVD] [2003]
Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World (Double Disc Edition) [DVD] [2003]
Dvd ~ Russell Crowe|Paul Bettany
Offered by A ENTERTAINMENT
Price: £2.48

3.0 out of 5 stars O'Brian as portable soup!, 10 Oct. 2013
I recently watched this film again after many years and was quite pleasantly surprised. The action is well filmed and the story seems to have been written by people who care about the source material. However, the books for me were more of a study of a deep and lasting friendship than anything else.....and this is really only touched upon here. Aubrey and Maturin were very different men thrown together by chance and circumstance who develop a friendship that can only be envied. As the 'roman fleuve' progresses and the characters develop we learn that they are not so different, both strong men of action ( when necessary) and extremely sensitive.
The film gets three stars for a courageous attempt at something almost impossible.
A note here about casting......Crowe and Bettany are very good as the pair and could possibly have developed the right rapport if allowed space. Killick ( a comic creation worthy of Dickens) should have had more presence. The actor chosen to play Barrett Bonden was a total disaster.......what were they thinking? Bonden was a charismatic leader of men, a prizefighter and totally loyal to his captain whom he followed from command to command.
A note about the Surprise. In the film she appears to be a squalid and dirty vessel. When disguising her as a whaler one can hardly see the difference. In the books she was always kept in tip top shape, clean and with fresh paint and the crews warm weather clothing( which they would sew themselves )was described as ' snowy white'. Recent research about the navy of the time shows that far from the squalor of films like Bounty, the ships and men were not far different from the navy of today where dirt and slovenliness are not tollerated.
So, a dehydrated version of the books.....Stephen's portable soup for the cinema, perhaps?


Prometheus [DVD] [2012]
Prometheus [DVD] [2012]
Dvd ~ Noomi Rapace
Price: £3.00

3 of 15 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Hugely disappointed!, 2 Oct. 2012
This review is from: Prometheus [DVD] [2012] (DVD)
Ho hum.....what to say! I consider the original Alien to be one of the most interesting films ever made. This is a poor over-hyped prequel that pales in the face of the original. Bad acting by the central character, a no-surprises plot, turgid script, no-flair direction, just generally pretty awful. The special effects are nice though!


Gone Tomorrow: (Jack Reacher 13)
Gone Tomorrow: (Jack Reacher 13)
by Lee Child
Edition: Paperback
Price: £3.85

1 of 4 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Literary Equivalent of a Big Mac?, 5 Aug. 2011
Well, I usually avoid airport books and, having read this one, I now remember why! Big Mac in book form..fast, fills a hole, full of empty calories and easily forgotten.
Seems to be written to a formula that includes EXTRA LARGE TYPE to fill up the five hundred or so pages (presumably to make it feel like you are getting value for money) and masses of unnecessary detail about bullets and guns and all sorts of macho stuff!!!! If you enjoy a Big mac occasionally, perhaps this is the book for you!!!


Special Forces Heroes: Extraordinary True Stories of Daring and Valour
Special Forces Heroes: Extraordinary True Stories of Daring and Valour
by Michael Ashcroft
Edition: Hardcover

1 of 9 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars O Level stuff!, 5 April 2011
The only good thing about this book is that the proceeds go to a good cause. Otherwise it is thin on facts and written in the breathless, vapid style of a pre-'O' level schoolboy! Avoid!


The Art of Racing in the Rain
The Art of Racing in the Rain
by Garth Stein
Edition: Paperback
Price: £8.99

4 of 8 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Life through the eyes of a dog?, 5 April 2011
When I was at school I remember that, during a discussion on animal behaviour, my biology teacher wrote on the blackboard: 'Beware Anthropomorphism and Anthropocentrism'. I don't think he would have liked this book that much for obvious reasons. This is entertainment for the Disney generation who prefer sentimentality to sensitivity. Passes a wet afternoon but only if you have nothing better to do.


The Loo Sanction
The Loo Sanction
by Trevanian
Edition: Paperback

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Cheeky!, 1 April 2011
This review is from: The Loo Sanction (Paperback)
Hemlock is back! Yes, the rather nasty 'hero' from The Eiger Sanction is forced out of retirement to do a job for the rather less than intelligent British Intelligence. He has replaced his substance abuse with meditation but this does not seem to have helped the low key rage that is always boiling just under the surface!He purports to be extremely smart but once again gets double crossed by a dastardly woman! How he could fall for this again is a mystery but it kind of adds to the fun!Don't take it all too seriously is my advice.Watch out for the lecture scene where the author casually and cheekily refers to his own academic works! The 'walk in the country' scene is also a classic.


The Tourist [DVD]
The Tourist [DVD]
Dvd ~ Johnny Depp
Offered by best_value_entertainment
Price: £2.98

2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Light-weight, 1 April 2011
This review is from: The Tourist [DVD] (DVD)
Innocent tourist gets caught up in international intrigue. Light-weight thriller with an implausible story, a very predictable twist at the end and two super-stars that seem to have left their charisma at home. Having said that it is a strangely enjoyable film..Venice never looked better and the plot takes you back to the innocent thrillers of the 50's. Shame there's no Cary Grant or Grace Kelly around though!


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