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The Very Hungry Caterpillar
The Very Hungry Caterpillar
by Eric Carle
Edition: Paperback
Price: £3.49

12 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Pure Brilliance, 8 Oct. 2004
Every generation has it's classics -- Shakespeare, Tolstoy, Clarke and now Carle!
This gripping tale of a youthful caterpillar's trials to become a butterfly has so many parallels with our own growth, it's incredible.
Never before has one man taken something so simple as a leaf being eaten and given it such emotion "but the hungry caterpillar was still hungry".
I read "The Very Hungry Caterpillar" first when I was just 3 months old; and now, at 43 I am still finding new levels of story within this novella.
Buy it, you won't regret it.
Comment Comment (1) | Permalink | Most recent comment: Dec 18, 2008 8:49 PM GMT

Rama II
Rama II
by Arthur C. Clarke
Edition: Paperback

15 of 17 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Where's the Sci-Fi?, 8 Oct. 2004
This review is from: Rama II (Paperback)
I'm a huge Clarke fan, but the problem with the novelist is that he skips so frequently between the absolute pinacle of science fiction (2001, Rendevous with Rama) to the lowest soap opera drivel (3001 for example.
I read the first Rama and was gripped by the fasinating scenario; the exploration and wonder of the Rama craft was original and exciting. The book mixed the greatest of sci-fi and great action and was an excellent read -- Rama II is none of these things.
What was Clarke thinking? I agree with him that the characters needed fleshing out, but not put in place of the science. We learn almost nothing new about Rama or its inhabitants. The few creatures we do meet are ridiculously simplistic and can be found in any cheap hollywood flick. The narrative is rambling to the extreme; at one point one of the characters has to enter a 50 digit code, but instead of getting on with the story Clarke rambles on for two pages and descibes to us how the character came to decided on each digit of the code! Ridiculous!
The story goes in depth into a possible conspiracy within the crew; we get chapters and chapters of clues and hints as to who is the culprit and then the story ends...nothing! We never even find out if there is a conspiracy!
Arthur's trademark desciptions of the space voyages are missing here. One minute you are at a party and you litterally turn the page and they are at the space ship. What happened?!
In conclusion, this -- if it were by another author -- could be considered okay; but as this is one of he greatest sci-fi writers even, this novel is pure drivel. If you liked the original, don't ruin it by buying this.

Archos Jukebox Accessory Kit
Archos Jukebox Accessory Kit

5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Rubbish, 18 Feb. 2003
I was expecting at least a good quality product for the ...[price]... I was paying. However, what I actually got was a cheap pair of headphones, a remote control which does not work, a car charger (which wobbles in the socket) and a cassette adapter which sounds like someone is playing the radio but has just tuned it off the channel.
I'm not exagerating when I say that I went to the local market and found all of the above products all for around £7 in total.
All of the products are made from cheap plastic, the headphones are worse than the ones you get with the player itself and simply not worth ...[the price]...

Dancer In The Dark [DVD] [2000]
Dancer In The Dark [DVD] [2000]
Dvd ~ Björk
Offered by best_value_entertainment
Price: £2.19

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic, 18 Feb. 2003
This film is surely a modern masterpiece. The script and on screen talent evokes emotions you will never feel watching any other film. It takes you on a trip from the happiest moments and the next second brings you right back down to the most depressed you have ever felt.
The contrast between Bjork's characters situation and her musical alternative reality is really stunning and yet incredibly uncomfortable to watch. The film is completely unforgiving and the camera never turns away from the scene. Instead you are placed right into Bjorks situation and feel as she feels. The prison scenes are especially strong.
If you are sick of hollywood blockbusters and the swamp of English flicks which take no risks what-so-ever this is a film for you. However, prepare to be shocked, this isn't a film which is easily forgotten.

'orrible [DVD] [2001]
'orrible [DVD] [2001]
Dvd ~ Johnny Vaughan

4 of 32 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Such An Apt Title For a Show, 26 Dec. 2002
This review is from: 'orrible [DVD] [2001] (DVD)
This tries to be so much but fails on nearly every level.
The main problem is the writer and star Johnny Vaughan. His portrayal of the main character is laughable as well as his accent. He appears to be attempting to play off the idea he seems to have from many of his shows that he is a cockney at heart but, as a viewer, you simply cannot believe in him. He's the Guy Richie of sitcom.
The writing is terrible with so many predictable situations set up with absolutely no subtlty what-so-ever.
What attempts to be a modern take on the classic "Only Fools and Horses" comes of as one of the worst "comedies" shown on the BBC and I say that with no exageration at all...
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Run Devil Run
Run Devil Run
Price: £28.98

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Paul written all over, 25 Sept. 2001
This review is from: Run Devil Run (Audio CD)
Paul getting back to his rock'n'roll roots, it works in many parts but you can't help but feel that he should have stuck with the old style from track one. What you end up with is some classic rnr songs drowned out with "modern" overdrive guitar. It works well on some songs such as "party" but is too much for many of the others. Paul has picked some slightly obscure songs to cover which some may or may not have heard before and in general his own penned songs on this album come across pretty weak, and this is coming from a Mccartney fan. If you like classic Rock and roll buy the originals, if not this is an okay album.

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