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Mageborn:  The Blacksmith's Son: Mordecai's journey to master magic draws him into an ancient battle for the future of humanity.: Volume 1
Mageborn: The Blacksmith's Son: Mordecai's journey to master magic draws him into an ancient battle for the future of humanity.: Volume 1
by Michael G. Manning
Edition: Paperback
Price: £9.32

10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Childish, lazy and dull, 15 Jan. 2013
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I bought this based on the broadly positive reviews on Amazon and was really very disappointed.

I'm an avid fantasy reader, having enjoyed the genre for years, but this stands out as one of the worst examples I've ever read. It has the feeling of being rushed, or lazily written; it lacks detail, there's very limited depth of character and no depth of plot.

I was left feeling it was a bad children's book - just over-simplified and under-thought. I remember reading DragonLance or Belgariad as a child; neither particularly challenging (being classic good vs evil), but both had great characters, interesting plots and a level of consideration that this book just lacks.

From the Mordecai's practically instantaneous 'discovery' of his power, which is frankly awful, to his rapid grasp of magic it's all just a bit simple and unbelievable. In a matter of weeks a self-taught magician is able to battle and defeat others who are obviously adept. Just because we're reading about magic and make-believe worlds, doesn't mean we give up all sense of logic.

I nearly stopped reading several times, but kept going in case things got better. They didn't. At least I was smart enough to only buy the first book and didn't waste any money on the rest of the trilogy.

So, give this book a wide berth, buy any of the awesome Fantasy available now and enjoy some decent writing.
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Henckels Pro S Carving Set.
Henckels Pro S Carving Set.

6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing, 2 Jun. 2005
A great present from my brother last birthday. Well-balanced, sharp knife and nice, solid carving fork. I really like the simple design and the performance is excellent.
I've got Globals, Sabatiers and a couple of Gustavs, but this is probably my favourite.


Mishaps Happening
Mishaps Happening

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Very happening, 3 Aug. 2004
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This review is from: Mishaps Happening (Audio CD)
Mishaps is the latest in a line for great albums from the genius boy that is Quantic. This dude has been knocking out quality funky chillout music for the past few years now and this is up to the same superb standard as before.
He combines the usual lazy beats with an extra element of funkiness and jazziness which makes for perfect evening relaxation. Quite simply, a must-have.
If you liked his earlier work, then get this CD right now. If you've not got into Quantic yet, then I suggest you start collecting...


Kill Bill: Vol. 1 [DVD] [2003]
Kill Bill: Vol. 1 [DVD] [2003]
Dvd ~ Uma Thurman
Offered by A ENTERTAINMENT
Price: £2.74

2 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Tarrentino does Kung Fu, 12 Jan. 2004
It really is that simple. If you like Kung Fu, or you like Tarrentino then you'll like this movie, because that's fundamentally all it is; a highly entertaining mix of Tarrentino and Kung Fu. For those of us who love the genre, there are numerous monents to remind us of the classics (like the suit from Game of Death) and Quentin's vast knowledge of films like Shogun Assassin shows throughout (buy it if you liked this film). Then you add the essential cool elements of Tarrentino and you have a great film. Admittedly the dialogue is not as strong as, say Pulp Fiction, but Kung Fu is less about plot and more about action. Speaking of which.... the action is quite superb. Great fight scenes with quite outstanding choreography and some mean sword technique from Uma. There's plenty of gore, but it's completely stylised and not offensive at all. Frankly, if you're upset by a bit of blood then you've got no business watching Tarrentino movies in the first place.
Great film, enjoyed it a huge amount and I can't wait for Part 2.


ZWILLING FOUR STAR Chef's knife, 20cm
ZWILLING FOUR STAR Chef's knife, 20cm
Offered by A Cut Above Knives
Price: £65.46

6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A great all-rounder, 7 May 2003
Quite simply a great all round kitchen knife. Its evidently very well made and has a solid feel to it. Also has great balance and a razor-sharp edge.
It is definitely the most frequently used knife I've got and I use it for almost everything.
Henckel is a superb make of knives and I would recommend them to any keen cook.


ZWILLING FOUR STAR Slicing knife, 20cm
ZWILLING FOUR STAR Slicing knife, 20cm
Offered by culinaire
Price: £56.95

10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Top quality kitchen kit, 7 May 2003
I was given my first Henckels knife a few years ago and since then I have added to the collection bit by bit. This carving knife is the latest addition and one of the best yet.
These knives are extraordinarily well made, with very good balnce and a razor edge. If you want a high quality kitchen knife with no frills then this is the range for you.


Shogun Assassin [DVD] [1981]
Shogun Assassin [DVD] [1981]
Dvd ~ Tomisabevo Wakayama

34 of 38 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Your technique is magnificent, 4 Oct. 2002
This review is from: Shogun Assassin [DVD] [1981] (DVD)
You can't really do this film justice in a couple of paragraphs of online review - it is simply one of the best Martial Arts movies I've ever seen.
Magnificent technique, hilarious bloodletting, and some of the best comedy dubbing around. The plot is awesome, the characters are great and the fight scenes are just breathtaking.
The lead character, Lone Wolf, is just ultra, ultra hard and dispatches his foes with superb skill and focused violence. The bad guys are just brilliant - three hard dude in straw hats with deep voices.
There is a rather large slice of unintended comedy in this film (think Monty Python Black Knight fight scene), but it just adds to Lone Wolf's hardness and make sit more fun to watch.
As I said, words fail this movie, but if I had to sum it up in three words I'd say, "Buy it today".


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