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Branded by Alissa Quart
Branded by Alissa Quart
11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
"Branded - The Buying and Selling of Teenagers" sees Alissa Quart focusing on the increasing pervasion of corporate marketing to teens and pre-teens. She examines the harm that such efforts can cause to children, arguing that it forces youngsters to act in a more 'adult' way far too quickly, and isolates individuals who do not subscribe to opinions on the 'right' labels, stars, movies, etc.
There's no doubt that this is an important subject for study. Quart's book focuses its attention on the United States, though the foreword for this UK version pays lip service to the situation in this country. And much of what Quart argues strikes a chord - it's easy to believe some of the examples… Read more
The Eye Of The World: Book 1 of the Wheel of Time:&hellip by Robert Jordan
10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
I'm not going to make any comments on the series as a whole for this review, for the very simple fact that I haven't read it yet.
Impatience at continued waiting for the next instalment of the frankly superb Song of Ice & Fire series by George RR Martin meant that I needed another high quality fantasy epic to keep me going. I'd heard a lot of good things about Jordan's long running series, even some people claiming it was superior to a Song of Ice & Fire, so it seemed the logical choice. And after reading The Eye of the World, it definitely appears to be the right choice, too.
Like many first volumes, The Eye of the World takes a little bit of time to get going. We are introduced… Read more
174 of 227 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Loses the spirit, though a great cinematic achievement., 29 Jan 2003
In The Lord of the Rings:The Fellowship of the Ring, Peter Jackson successfully managed to achieve two things. He made a superb movie, and he stayed faithful to the spirit of Tolkien's work. In the second part of this epic trilogy, The Two Towers, Jackson has only managed to achieve one of his two targets. He has made a great movie, but he has lost the spirit of the books. And watching the film as an faithful adaptation (as Jackson claims it to be), I found that frustrating, unnecessary, and quite a disappointment.
If you DON'T have a good knowledge of Tolkien's work, and you are simply following on from the first film, then The Two Towers is certainly deserving of five stars. It is a… Read more