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Sideways [Original Soundtrack]
Sideways [Original Soundtrack]
Offered by Side Two
Price: £5.29

15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Blissful, 4 May 2005
Much like the movie , this soundtrack captures the laid back nature of the main protaganists , with a breezy jazz motif throughout .
An easy CD to listen to without having to divert too much attention to it - and not a bottle of Merlot in sight !!


Blood, Tears And Folly: An Objective Look at World War II
Blood, Tears And Folly: An Objective Look at World War II
by Len Deighton
Edition: Paperback

8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Read, 14 Feb. 2005
Having only been aware of the author from his fictional work ( although I had not read any of these ) , I was intrigued at reading a fiction author's interpretation of the historical events around the first three years of WW II .
His writing is excellent , with an objective view of the mistakes and triumphs of both sides . The detail is extra-ordinary , but the book itself is not an onerous read .
Having read several books detailing this period of the twentieth century , I would say that if you are only to read one book on the beginning of World War II , then make it this one .


Who Made Who
Who Made Who
Price: £7.99

3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Mixed Bag, 14 Feb. 2005
This review is from: Who Made Who (Audio CD)
Songs taken from the DTV movie "Maximum Overdrive" , this is a mixed bag from the Aussie classic rockers . There are a couple of instrumentals , of average quality , a few more rocky numbers , fairly satisfying , and ( criminally ) only one Bon Scott track - the bluesy "Ride On" .
The numbers include some real classics , such as "For Those About To Rock" and "Hells Bells" .
Personally , given a choice again , I would rather buy a Greatest Hits package than this - all of these songs , and more .


Microsoft Wireless Optical Mouse 3000 - Periwinkle Blue
Microsoft Wireless Optical Mouse 3000 - Periwinkle Blue

8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Functional, 10 Feb. 2005
This works well enough as a mouse , and the battery life ( with long life batteries ) is more than adequate .
The most disappointing factors are that the mouse sensitivity does not pick up the movements sometimes , and there is a very short range on the mouse sensor .


Live All Over the Place
Live All Over the Place

5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Comprehensive, 6 Feb. 2005
This review is from: Live All Over the Place (Audio CD)
This double album set of the Texan trio collates live performances from over the years . Live songs incorporate everything from 'Visions' on the first album , to 'Black Like Sunday' on their latest studio effort .
They themselves admit that these recordings are 'warts and all' , with no studio overdubs , and the rawness of the songs is all the better for it . There are extended jam sessions on some songs , with Doug Pinnick going into 'Preacher Mode' on others - if you've seen King's X live , you'll know what I mean !
Especially appreciated is a six song acoustic only set at the start of the second CD , which allows all three vocal talents to come more to the fore .
There are some patchy moments , especially if , like me , you prefer their earlier albums , but this is an album that can be enjoyed repeatedly .


Dangerous Habits (Hellblazer)
Dangerous Habits (Hellblazer)
by Garth Ennis
Edition: Paperback

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Constatine's Biggest Fight, 6 Feb. 2005
Author : Garth Ennis
Artist : Will Simpson
This paperback collects issues 41 - 46 at the start of Ennis' run on the Hellblazer comic , and remains some of his best writing to date . This book has been reprinted under the Vertigo imprint - DC's adult comic line .
Constatine has to fight against his greatest enemy to date , and this book chronicles everything that happens during that fight .
This is played less for laughs , and has a distinct nasty edge to it , as does most of Ennis' work on this series . Characters are well fleshed out , and John Constantine's character is given further twists to keep us guessing as to his true power within the world of the occult .
Simpson's art is suitably dark , although may not appeal to everyone's taste .
Definitely a book to re-read , and once picked up , very hard to put down .


Ultimate Fantastic Four Volume 2: Doom TPB
Ultimate Fantastic Four Volume 2: Doom TPB
by Warren Ellis
Edition: Paperback

3 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Change Of Author - Same Enjoyable Read, 5 Feb. 2005
I initially read the individual episodes of this comic , here collected as a paperback .
Warren Ellis has taken over from Brian Michael Bendis , and has the unenviable task of initiating the first fight between the newly formed Fantastic Four , and their arch-nemesis-to-be , Dr Doom .
Ellis' eye for dialogue picks up smoothly where Bendis left off , with more interesting Science Fiction takes on the FF's powers . The art is competent , if not dazzling , and production values ( as with all of the Ultimate ... series ) are excellent .
These books will likely pick up in popularity with the impending movie , so get in there before the rush !


Adventures in the Rifle Brigade
Adventures in the Rifle Brigade
by Garth Ennis
Edition: Paperback

14 of 17 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Funny Old War ?, 5 Feb. 2005
My review concerns the original comic series here collected , which I purchased as the individual episodes when first released .
As with most Garth Ennis writing , this plays strictly for laughs , with an irreverent take of any number of war movies through out the years . All of Garth's trademarks are present and correct : large number of idiosyncratic 'heroes' - tick , despicable bad guy ( prefereably with entertaining/gross 'unique personal trait' ) - tick , large amounts of swearing - tick .
The comics were an enjoyable , if instantly forgettable , read , with plenty of laugh out loud moments . Ultimately , I suspect it is one for Garth completists rather than an essential buy .


Full Spectrum Warrior (Xbox)
Full Spectrum Warrior (Xbox)
Offered by marxwax
Price: £4.99

2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Realism The Key, 5 Feb. 2005
The first point to make is that this programme has been modelled on a real-life training programme for the US Army . As such , purchasers must realise that it is not going to be about movie-like rolling , diving and shooting . Nor is it going to be like Quake , with Rocket launcher propelled 100' jumps .
No - this game is about realism , and it has that in spades . You control two 4-man army units through the streets of a city in the Middle East , covering each others movements as you proceed slowly towards various objectives via orders from your radio . Control is by a 'point-and-click' approach , rather than actively moving the men by the control stick directly , and this is a concept which can initially be tricky to get used to . There are adequate save points throughout each mission , and I have never felt that the spacing between these points was overtly onerous .
Ordering each of your units to perform tasks is not without it's pitfalls , as you need to ensure they are in sufficient cover against the odd surprise militant poking their head over the top . The switching between units sometimes has to occur quickly , and can lead to frustration on occasion , but overall the gameplay is excellent .
The graphics are well presented , sound is optimal , with , again , realism being the key for both .
If they make a follow up , I will be keen to buy it , and recommend this game as a strategic alternative to the current wave of first person shooters on Xbox .


Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time (GameCube)
Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time (GameCube)

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Short Lived But Absorbing ( GC ), 7 Jan. 2005
Getting to grips with this adventure game was self explanatory , with an easing into proceedings before you're left to your own devices . The controls are intuitive , and the fight combinations show off the Prince's athleticism . Whilst I took ten hours to make my way through the game , I'm sure many more regular gamers may make the journey in a quicker period of time .
The use of time features is a novel idea , and one I hope they repeat in the new follow up .
Ultimately , this game is worthy of consideration at budget prices ; and I , for one , will look forward to purchasing the follow up if it is more of the same .


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