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The Butterfly Effect - Director's Cut [DVD] [2004]
The Butterfly Effect - Director's Cut [DVD] [2004]
Dvd ~ Ashton Kutcher
Price: £1.44

6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Exciting and surprising thriller!, 19 May 2006
I have to say I am not an Ashton Kutcher fan and I didn't think this film would be my kind of film. However, this film is a real surprise. It follows Ashton trying to uncover supressed memories from his childhood and is based upon the idea that changing one thing may change everything else for better or worse. It is a fantastic thriller and really keeps you gripped from the beginning. The acting was excellent, much better than expected. This is by no means a tennage thriller, it would definitely appeal to an older audience as well. Everyone I've spoken to said they were really surprised by the film and thought it was great (including men). I highly recommend it!!

Constant Gardener [DVD] [2005] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]
Constant Gardener [DVD] [2005] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]
Dvd ~ Fernando Meirelles
Offered by trguk
Price: £4.20

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent film, a real eye-opener!, 19 May 2006
I absolutely loved this film at the cinema and had to buy the dvd. This film is fantastic and should have stayed at the cinmeas a lot longer!

It follows the story of Justin who is trying to uncover the story behind his wife, tessa's death. He uncovers a story of corrupt pharmaceutical companies. While not a true story the author says that the real stories are far worse. It is essentially a love story and a mystery. It is set in Africa, England and parts of mainland Europe. It is not only about the death of Tessa but about the life she had before and her intense relationship with Justin.

I loved every second of the film and have also read the book. While there are differences between the two, the film is by no means disapointing. A gripping mystery and a must see film. With the Make Poverty History campaign last year, this should have been the perfect time to release the film. You must see this film! It is brilliant!

The Constant Gardener
The Constant Gardener
by John Le Carré
Edition: Paperback

16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent read!, 19 May 2006
This review is from: The Constant Gardener (Paperback)
I read the book after seeing the film so this may have made it easier to follow for me. I absolutely loved the film and while there are quite a lot of differences between the film and the book, I was not dissapointed.

The story follows Justin trying to trace the killers of his wife Tessa. We get to know Tessa through her husbands flashbacks and the story is written from a the point of view of a number of different characters. It is set in Kenya, England and Italy. It is essentially a love story but also a mystery.

The author writes in a way that keeps you turning pages to find the next twist in the plot. I think not seeing the film first would make the book even more gripping to read. The authors style is fantastic, not giving too much away too soon and leaving some of the story to the readers imagination. Its not the type of book I normally read and I thought it may be heavy going, I was pleasantly surprised. A fantastic story with a gripping end. I cannot reccomend it highly enough.

Goodnight Mister Tom
Goodnight Mister Tom
by Michelle Magorian
Edition: Paperback

2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Favourite childhood book!, 7 May 2006
This review is from: Goodnight Mister Tom (Paperback)
I first read this book when I was in primary school and it really left an impression on me.

The story is about a little boy named Willie who is evacuated to live with Mr Tom during the second world war. Mr Tom is a loner who lost his family during the first world war. Wullie has suffered an abusive realtionship with his mother. The book shows the beautiful relationship that develops between Mr Tom and Wullie.

Perfect for older children to read and adults too. I have enjoyed re-reading the book over the years. Makes you cry and laugh and its just a very heartwarming story. It doesn't go into grim details so children enjoy it too. A perfect book, very sweet and honest. Beautiful ending too. What more can I say! Go and read it! The television drama was good but doesn't match up to the greatnesss of the book. Michelle Magorian's best book by far.

The Ship of Brides
The Ship of Brides
by Jojo Moyes
Edition: Paperback

111 of 117 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely fantastic!, 3 April 2006
This review is from: The Ship of Brides (Paperback)
The book follows the story of four Australian brides on a ship sailing them to England to their new husbands. The book begins by describing briefly their wait to get onto a ship and follows them on their six week journey untill they meet their husbands.
The story gradually revealed more about the brides stories and really built up the mystery in the book.
The first chapter drags a little but after that the real story really gets going and its impossible to put down. Full of interesting, engaging and beleivable characters and a plot full of twists. Themes of love, betrayal, loss and friendship make the book identifiable to all readers. At stages makes you laugh out loud and at others it makes you cry. The author has clearly done her research into this real life journey and her writing shows she really knows what she's talking about. Very well written!
A great ending, with all the loose ends tied up make the book perfectly finished.
A fantastic read that keeps you entertained and gripped from the beginning! You must read this book!

Fast Cakes
Fast Cakes
by Mary Berry
Edition: Paperback
Price: £8.99

40 of 44 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best and easiest cake book ever written!, 2 April 2006
This review is from: Fast Cakes (Paperback)
I started baking using this book at about the age of 11. Thats how easy this book is to use! Ten years on and its still my favourite baking book!
A large range of recipes for tray bakes, small cakes, large cakes, no bake cakes, scones, children, and biscuits. Each recipe has a little introductory sentence which recommends each cake for a particular occasion. Helpful tips on how to store the cakes and a fantastic introduction make this book really easy to use.
All the cakes I've made from this book have worked really well and been very tasty!
The only draw back is lack of pictures but in the hardback version there are a few. In fact I find pictures often put you off making the cake as it looks too difficult!
Highly recommended!

Sam's Letters to Jennifer
Sam's Letters to Jennifer
by James Patterson
Edition: Paperback
Price: £8.99

3 of 5 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Easy, light read but not very much depth, 14 Mar. 2006
The book is very short and took about 3 hours to read in total. It had a nice and moderately interesting storyline and the characters were likeable.
Jennifer, who has recently lost her partner and her baby, and is about to lose her grandmother, finds a new love interest. Thats about as far as the plot goes, with one very minor twist to the story which is summarised within a very short space at the end of the book. The ending was incredibly predictable and unrealistic.
However, it was very poorly written, leaving nothing to the imagination. Everything was spelled out far too clearly, and I would have much preferred it if there had been at leat some mystery during the book. It could have been made longer and much more interesting if the story had been developed a little more. I really lost interest in the book and only finished it because I hate to leave a book unfinished. Poorly written with slushy and very obvious, dull dialogue. The writing is very simplified, assuming very little about the reader's intelligence, in fact, to a level where it is patronising to read.
Overall its a nice easy going read but I wouldn't reccomend it.

Netac C620 MP3 Player - 256MB (Blue/Silver)
Netac C620 MP3 Player - 256MB (Blue/Silver)

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Works, but not the best., 10 Mar. 2006
I have to say it works! The controls are easy to use and menus are easy to navigate. Its easy to transfer the files from the computer, and I would say it has good quality of sound. Its attractive and good value for money, with 256MB of memory. Thats about 3-4 albums worth of songs.

However, the earphones are too short and will not stay in my ears, so I would suggest buying your own. When you press pause, the player tends to turn itslef off quite quickly, however it starts at the place you left off every time which is a great feature.

Overall, good value for money, still working after 1 year. I would recommend it! (just not the irritating head phones!)

Awakenings: Relaxation & Medit
Awakenings: Relaxation & Medit
Offered by musik-markt
Price: £5.69

17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfectly relaxing, 6 Mar. 2006
This is the first relaxation CD I have tried, and I have to say it really works. i have tried a huge variety of relaxation techniques but listening to this music has really helped me.
This is not a music CD. Very natural sounds, of streams, quiet birds, a breeze, light rain and in the background almost chime-like sounds. It creates a very tranquil mood, and can be played in the background while doing something else or just listened to. There are two tracks, both of which are sampled above. Each lasts about half an hour.
I highly recommend this cd, it is definitely good value for money. Anyone who particularly likes nature or the idea of visiting a rainforest will particularly enjoy this cd. Very peaceful! Go and buy it!

Case Histories: (Jackson Brodie)
Case Histories: (Jackson Brodie)
by Kate Atkinson
Edition: Paperback
Price: £8.99

46 of 50 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic read, 5 Mar. 2006
Case histories follows private investigator Jackson through 3 unsolved case histories from the past. One missing child, one unsolved murder and a wife who murdered her husband. The results of each story are very surprising and not what you expect while reading the book. The story also delves deeper into Jacksons life. All the loose ends are tied up but still leaving something to the readers imagination.
The book is incredibly well written, not simplified in any way and doesn't state the obvious. Each character is very individual and not the standard stereotypes found in many novels. Suspense and mystery is built up very carefully and the ending still surprises.
An exciting mystery, with several funny moments too. Well worth reading and highly recommended!

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