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The First Days (as the World Dies, Book One)
The First Days (as the World Dies, Book One)
by Rhiannon Frater
Edition: Paperback
Price: £11.60

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Boring daily life with zombies added, 5 Jan. 2014
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Bought this book after reading some of the reviews on the Amazon site. A real boring book, it's written by somebody with no imagination who has taken boring American life and added a few zombies. The dialogue is stilted, lacks any excitement and reads like a two-dollar romance novel...only they added zombies. Sometimes you think the author has run out of imagination and the book descends into a working class romance setting, then she announces the zombies arrival. Okay so we have some blood and tension and then, gee whiz back to the small town romance. The characters are hollow and there is basically no storyline, just some dull characters stuck in a small town, making small talk. If you want originality in your zombie stories, then go and read Alden Bell's two books and explore how the whole zombie issue is examined from a different perspective with interesting stories that keep you guessing; forget Rhiannon Frater!


Juggernaut
Juggernaut
by Adam Baker
Edition: Paperback
Price: £6.99

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Inconsistent rubbish, 5 Dec. 2013
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This review is from: Juggernaut (Paperback)
Read "Outpost" and liked it, which is why I bought this book from Amazon. It started well, with lots of details of weapons, explosives, life in Iraq as a mercenary, but then it quickly gets out of its depth. The actual story is so confused and long to develop, you lose interest before you get to the conclusion...that ultimately fizzles out into nothing. There are tremendous inconsistencies, people leave a group to scout for the walking dead, and two sentences later the group is back together and as a reader you say..."...I thought he just left?" People get killed but come back as 'not quite dead yet', although the authority on the subject says, "Your friend will have turned into a zombie in an hour." Fifty page on he's still there still dying, or turning into a zombie. The zombies are boring and at the beginning just crawling skeletons, but later in the book as the author tries to drag out his story they are now strong and a deadly threat, they can climb, fight and struggle. They have been dead in the desert for many months but still have goop in their brain (e.g. for blowing out with shotguns etc.). I cannot recommend this book in any way and that probably means I won't buy any more by this author.


Life As We Knew It
Life As We Knew It
by Susan Pfeffer
Edition: Paperback

4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Children's view of a global catastrophe, 27 Oct. 2012
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This review is from: Life As We Knew It (Paperback)
This is a children's book and you should remember this when reading the reviews. For an adult it is a boring and repetitive diary of the day-to-day life of an American family living their little part of a global catastrophe. They get up, heat up soup, chop wood and wonder when they will see their next visit to MacDonalds and dream about gourmet food, like pizza. There is no global perspective of this upheaval, when they listen on the radio, it's just "Oops! flooding round the world, but when will MacDonalds open again," Many of the pages can be skimmed, since it's the same description of their life every day, with very small changes as the air becomes polluted. I bought this book based on the reviews posted in Amazon, but was disappointed within 20-30 pages on the perspective and the boring life of the characters, even although the world is in turmoil nothing of this is passed on. Yes, good for 13-14 year olds, but adults should give it a miss.


Meek's Cutoff [DVD] [2010]
Meek's Cutoff [DVD] [2010]
Dvd ~ Michelle Williams
Offered by best_value_entertainment
Price: £5.32

5 of 11 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Walking across the Prairies, 16 Dec. 2011
This review is from: Meek's Cutoff [DVD] [2010] (DVD)
I bought this film on the recommendation of reviewers who raved about it. I don't know what kind of life these people have but it must be pretty drab if they thought this film livened it up. I can't say anything positive about this film because there's nothing to review. A group of settlers travelling in wagons across deserted prairie land, day after day with minimum dialogue. There is one brief moment of tension, which suddenly brightens your hope that the storyline is about to develop but no, it immediately goes back to walking again. Shortly after that the film suddenly ends and the credits appear. It's a Western but not as most people know it.


Animal Kingdom [2010] [DVD]
Animal Kingdom [2010] [DVD]
Dvd ~ James Frecheville
Offered by best_value_entertainment
Price: £5.93

4 of 21 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Over rated and mostly boring, 17 July 2011
This review is from: Animal Kingdom [2010] [DVD] (DVD)
I read all the rave reviews about this film, as shown in the reviews here on Amazon, read the positive review in The Guardian as well and intended to buy it. Lucky for me the local video store suddenly had it on the shelves on July 15th so it saved me some money to rent it...thanks be to God for that!! Sat and watched waiting for the great thriller all the reviewers had promised me ...it didn't arrive. Who is kidding who here..this film is mediocre, slow and boring. One of the main characters, a young boy who lost his mother and goes to live with his aunt, and mother of the criminals, hardly speaks a sentence in the whole film. Yes, don't tell me this is all part of his character, but it's still boring. There is little action, all the criminal goings on the family did are in the past, before this film started so there are no snappy, action packed bank robberies.. that's all confined to a few b&w slides at the start of the film. Okay, rent this if you don't believe me but don't waste your money on buying it, you will be sorely disappointed. The last 20 minutes are probably the best in the film, as there is some kind of an "under plot" going on, but it's not worth the effort of watching the other 90 minutes.
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Revanche [DVD]
Revanche [DVD]
Dvd ~ Johannes Krisch
Price: £9.19

6 of 22 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars This film does not justify the positive reviews, 22 Jan. 2011
This review is from: Revanche [DVD] (DVD)
I bought this film based on reviews from usual reliable sources like "Time Out" and "Total Film", both of which praised it highly. It is unbelievably dull and totally unintersting, after 48 minutes I was still waiting for one clue that it was going to be the "thriller" I imagined it to be. Another lowlight of the film is that the English sub-titles are printed in pidgin English, and not all the dialogue is translated. It's like the old Chinese Martial Arts films, we get a stream of dialogue coming out of the actor's mouths and the translation is "Let's go there". There is no music in the film at all to help build tension, that's because there isn't any...not up to 48 minutes anyway, which is when I had enough and turned off. The actors are wooden and unintersting, the script revolves around short utterances, as if the script writer didn't know what to do with his actors. All in all if you buy this film, you have been betrayed by the reviwers...it was a waste of 48 minutes of my life. The cover says the film was Oscar nominated and I find this very difficult to understand given the standard, it is not a thriller in any way.
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Primer [DVD]
Primer [DVD]
Dvd ~ Shane Carruth
Offered by Assai-uk
Price: £7.65

23 of 70 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Don't believe the hype, 22 Jan. 2009
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This review is from: Primer [DVD] (DVD)
I bought the DVD for this load of rubbish after reading rave reviews. It's about some guys working in their garage who accidentaly create a time machine that looks like an old refrigerator. What reviewers don't tell you is the film was also made in their garage with grainy film, mumbled dialogue and no plot, other than what is mentioned above. There are endless techno-conversations that bring you to the point of throwing the box at the TV and when you expect the film must develop into something worthy of all those reviews... it doesn't. I went straight out and dumped the DVD in the rubbish as I could not conceivably pass it on to anybody with a good word.
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Tough Acts
Tough Acts
by Steven Berkoff
Edition: Hardcover

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Overrated, 30 Nov. 2006
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I bought this book knowing little about Steven Berkoff, other than some of the roles he had filled in the films listed in the promotional review. I was disappointed with the book, there were details of a couple of conversations he had with various "big" movie stars, but they were typical of the kind of conversations you had with strangers at bus stops. There was little insight into the film making business, definitely no insider gossip on what these people were really like and little to keep the reader interested. I thought the promotion built the book up to be something it was not. You could skim the whole book for worthwhile content in about one hour, not the kind of reading material for a long journey or days on the beach.


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