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40th Wedding Anniversary Gift, Engraved Presentation Cut Glass Gift, 40th Wedding Anniversary Gifts, Ruby Wedding Anniversary Gifts
40th Wedding Anniversary Gift, Engraved Presentation Cut Glass Gift, 40th Wedding Anniversary Gifts, Ruby Wedding Anniversary Gifts
Offered by The Great Gifts Company
Price: £24.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Exactly as advertised, 7 May 2014
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Yep, an excellent purchase. Looks ace, engraving exactly as I asked, made a great present. I recommend this most highly.

Fable II - Game Of The Year Edition (Xbox 360)
Fable II - Game Of The Year Edition (Xbox 360)
Price: £19.99

1.0 out of 5 stars False Advertising Part 2, 10 Mar 2014
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Fable 2 is a good game, better than its predecessor and its post-decessor. The reason I have awarded the Game Of The Year Edition one star is because you do not get the Game Of The Year Edition when you place your order. You get the XBOX 360 CLASSICS version, which boasts the same add-ons - namely Knothole Island and See The Future. Yet, had you simply ordered Fable 2, CLASSICS version in the first place, you would have saved money, as to order Game Of The Year Edition is pricier. Even though you're getting the same game! Save your money, people, and order the CLASSICS version. Don't stop here! Read the other reviews - I'm not the only one making this quibble.

The Secret Son
The Secret Son
by Jennifer Burke
Edition: Paperback
Price: £5.22

5.0 out of 5 stars Masterful storytelling!, 15 Oct 2013
This review is from: The Secret Son (Paperback)
A great read. A simple premise told masterfully, with twists and turns that surprise, sadden and delight. Storytelling at its best! This is Jennifer Burke's first novel - can't wait for her second!

Entourage - Season 8 (HBO) [DVD] [2012]
Entourage - Season 8 (HBO) [DVD] [2012]
Dvd ~ Adrian Grenier
Price: £8.00

4 of 7 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Know when to quit, fellas!, 24 Jun 2012
It shouldn't have been possible, but somehow they've managed it - made Entourage boring!

Entourage joins the list of classic TV shows that have gone on for just too long (Friends, The Simpsons, ). They should have taken a leaf from John Cleese and Ricky Gervais' book: less is more. Quit when you're ahead. Let's face it; Entourage probably should have stopped at the fifth season. But, the show always managed to stay very watchable, despite the samey-ness of some of the later episodes. And the mild cliff-hanger at the end of season seven paved the way to a potentially dark and interesting eighth season, where Vince would have to combat his drug problem and the effects this would have on his career and his friends.

Did they capitalize on that? No. Ho, no - Season eight begins with the crisis over, Vince having done his time in rehab and everything basically hunky-dorey. What a trick they missed, not continuing where the last season left us.

All the best characters are pulled in in a desperate attempt to breathe some life back into the show: Shauna, the aggressive publicist is in virtually every episode to add some spice; Johnny Drama is more aggressive than ever, his story-arc ending in a way impossible to believe; after five episodes, Billy Walsh - for the last few series demoted from crazy eccentric artist to quiet, silent, gentle type - mysteriously reverts back to his old, aggressive, crazy artist-self that he is, albeit momentarily, his motivation being he's five kids to feed; where did they sprout from?... it all feels kinda forced. And when Vince starts recording testimonials of previous exes proclaiming him a good guy so as to win the heart of a new love, it becomes farcical. You might buy Drama acting this way, or at least convincing Vince this is the best course, but Vince doing it off his own bat? Nah! Even Ari's predicament, the arc they deigned to continue from the previous season isn't particularly interesting. When he asked his daughter 'Am I a good dad?', it was a shame there was no sick-bucket in the room as the carpet got a good splat! Eric has become an unsympathetic character - do we care that his relationship with Sloan has hit the rocks and that he is desperate to win her back? That'd also merit a fat 'Nah!'. And the final few minutes of the last episode of the season - a friend of mine called it corny. He was dead right!

All the hum-drum, boring character arcs of the season make one notice other issues that really shouldn't be issues: Jerry Ferrara's sudden weight-loss - sorry Jerry, but we loved Turtle chubby and cuddly; the dull, samey-samey way the show is shot and has been since time began...

What the hell happened to Entourage? Somehow, it's become a bore. Hardly any entertainment to be found here. In fact it's become a series not to look forward to. And there's a movie in the works? You won't find me waiting in the queue!

Songwriting: Essential Guide to Rhyming
Songwriting: Essential Guide to Rhyming
by Pat Pattison
Edition: Paperback
Price: £8.99

6 of 11 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Eh, no., 1 May 2011
I have been writing music and lyrics for years, so it's possible I was prejudiced from the start when my beloved aunt committed the ultimate insult to any songwriter by presenting me with this book for my birthday, whose sub-heading 'A Step-by-step Guide to Better Rhyming and Lyrics' found me gnashing my teeth. But, after my initial prejudices simmered down somewhat (it took a few years), I did come to open said book and quickly realised my initial hostilities were unfounded. 'Songwriting: Essential Guide to Rhyming' was way, way, way, way worse than I could possibly have imagined.

Before contemplating spending any money on this wretched book, please, please read its opening two lines: 'Songs are made for ears, not for eyes. Because people listen to songs, you must learn to write for eyeless ears.' I mean, is there anyone who can understand that muck? Do you really need to read the rest of my review?

'If you have written lyrics before, even at a professional level,' the blurb on the back informs us, 'you can still gain greater control and understanding of your craft with the exercises and worksheets included in this book.' I can just see Bono going into the local book store and picking up a copy to refresh his waning song-writing abilities.

It appears Amazon gives me no choice but to give 1 star, though I would dearly like to give it 0. For this is a book that patronises and insults. Even the fact that it was written is an offence. And it is written confusedly, the 'eyeless ears' opening lines being a good example of the kind of rubbish script that permeates throughout. I doubt anyone who reads it will find anything to aid them in their quest for the perfect lyric. Really, the best way (not explored in 'Songwriting: Essential Guide to Rhyming') is to read well (books, lyrics) and listen well (songs). Maybe there is a way to teach lyric and songwriting by book. But, it is not to be found here!

At the time of the writing of this review, there are only four copies left in stock. Clearly, the book is selling. Please do not be the one to bring the number down to three. A dreadful load of rubbish to be avoided like the plague. A good buy to send to an enemy who fancies himself as a songwriter - it might just make him think it's not worth it and chuck in the towel! But if you are serious about wanting to write lyrics, do not stop here!
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Scorpia Rising (Alex Rider)
Scorpia Rising (Alex Rider)
by Anthony Horowitz
Edition: Paperback
Price: £5.24

4 of 12 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars The failure to thrill., 4 April 2011
Scorpia Rising is ok. It's not bad - written well as always by the mighty Horowitz. But, for much of the time, sadly it's just not that interesting.
The familiar plot points are there - criminals scheme and plot, setting up their diabolic plans; Alex is propelled out of his ordinary world into a sub-mission before the main event; he reluctantly agrees to spy for MI6; he gets caught up in something much more complicated and sinister than he first could have imagined; he gets captured; final meal with the evil Boss who explains to him in great length the imaginative and painful death that awaits him; he escapes the baddies and brings their conquest for world domination to an abrupt halt... the predictability became particularly noticeable in the previous Alex Rider book 'Crocodile Tears'. But, the setting of 'Crocodile Tears' saves it - from the Castle in Scotland to the poisonous Greenhouse to scorching hot Kenya. Familiar it might be, but done well enough so you just about forgive it.
The main setting in this book, Scorpia Rising, is Cairo, which should be interesting. It should be! But, it's not really. Rather than spy out a secret base, or something such as, Alex finds himself going from his school in London to... another school in Cairo. And not a school different enough to justify spending half the book dwelling on his antics there. Just another school, little different than the one he just came from.
The first 150 pages or so are pretty entertaining as are the last 50 pages. It's the middle 200 pages that let the book down. It's just that we've read it all before and it's been done better in the past. A bit of a disappointing end to a great saga.

Huckleberry Finn and His Friends [DVD]
Huckleberry Finn and His Friends [DVD]
Dvd ~ Sammy Snyders
Price: £24.99

2 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another 5 Star, 17 Jun 2009
Shows how good this series is: to date eight 5 Star reviews and one 4 Star. I'm giving it it's ninth 5 Star! Ian Tracey is the perfect Huck Finn with a host of excellent supporting actors.
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Friends: Complete Season 1-10 (30 Disc Box Set) [DVD] [1995]
Friends: Complete Season 1-10 (30 Disc Box Set) [DVD] [1995]
Dvd ~ Jennifer Aniston
Offered by BIG Bargains
Price: £95.00

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Friends forever?, 15 April 2009
It's worth getting the boxset for the first 4 and a half series alone - these would garner a five star rating. So, why did I give it four? Half way through the fifth series, the life goes out of Friends and, although there are still some high quality episodes that surface from time to time from here to the last episode, the cast and writers never really regain that fresh energy, chemistry and vigour they had at the start. A great series that simply went on too long!

The Vice - The Complete Series [DVD]
The Vice - The Complete Series [DVD]
Dvd ~ Ken Stott
Offered by Callums Cheaper Items - CUSTOMER IS PRIORITY NUMBER 1
Price: £37.99

19 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars More, more, more., 3 Jan 2007
Never heard of The Vice before seeing it on Amazon, but then again, I don't keep my ear to the ground. Great series - up until Ken Stott's character leaves. Though Mr. Stott's last episode in the show is a great episode, you do miss him after that. He's a great actor (albeit 90% of the time playing a cop in anything that he does!) and lends the sort of dependability that someone of Patrick Stewart's caliber brought to Star Trek.

Even without the great Mr. Stott, the show remains quite watchable - it's just not the same.

Other than that quibble, The Vice is excellent , well worth checking out. Just no DVD extras on the Boxet, that's the only other thing.

Hitman: Blood Money (Xbox)
Hitman: Blood Money (Xbox)
Offered by multimedia-online
Price: £14.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Forget Contracts. Blood Money is the real Hitman 3!, 13 Jun 2006
= Fun:5.0 out of 5 stars 
If we could try to push the disappointing 'Hitman Contracts' to the back of our minds and pretend it was just a bad dream and look to this, what is in effect Hitman 4: Hitman Blood Money.

It's good. It's back to form for Agent 47 and, though the game still has plenty of glitches to be ironed out, some annoying invisible walls (really, lads; try to understand there's nothing more irritating) and some silly niggles that make you go 'now why can't I shoot the window here and simply climb through?', in general, this is a satisfying experience. It's because of those glitches, though, that I've marked it four out of five, rather than given it full marks.

The game is, as is Hitman 2, extremely replayable as they're seem to be several different ways to do many of the missions. And to plan a mission and then see it play out in front of you is very satisfying. Was it worth the wait? I think so, although the game is a tad short. Still, better short and well made than huge and messy.

The Computer AI can still be a bit rubbish, though the developers have made things much less infuriating - now if you're not supposed to go through a door, people will wave you away instead of opening fire instantly.

The new accident system is clever, though it doesn't seem to matter how accidental you make each hit - the papers still seem to know it was murder no matter how careful you've been.

But, Hitman is definitely on the right road again. Sure, there's room for improvement. There's room for development and it is now possible to see how far the developers could go with this franchise. The possibilities are endless. Let's hope they don't get lazy again when it comes to Hitman 5.

For the moment, though, sit back and enjoy this game. Forget Contracts. Blood Money is the real Hitman 3!

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