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Textbook on Criminal Law
Textbook on Criminal Law
by M. J. Allen
Edition: Paperback

9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent guide to the subject, 24 Feb. 2004
Criminal Law is a subject many people find fascinating, but with quite a few tricky concepts lurking in the syllabus, it can sometimes be difficult to get to grips with the key issues.
This book is highly recommended to those studying Criminal Law - I used an earlier edition during my first year at university and found it very easy to read and follow. You do not feel, for this straightforward style, that you are missing out on the detail - the author's coverage of the key cases is really superb - and this is a subject where you will need to know those cases! There is no needless waffle here - just the principles you need to understand to do well.

Key Facts: Land Law (Key Facts Law)
Key Facts: Land Law (Key Facts Law)
by Judith Bray
Edition: Paperback

5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars OK as memory aid but not as learning tool, 24 Feb. 2004
One of the problems with "crammer" books such as this title is that in order to understand the notes in them, which have been very much abbreviated in order to make the book quick and straightforward to read, you often need to have quite a good understanding of the subject in the first place!
I found this book to be useful for jogging my memory about cases and principles I had already learned, and easier than lugging a load of lecture notes everywhere, so good to read if I was on the move... however, if you were struggling to understand Land Law and the exam was drawing near, I don't feel this book would help you. There simply isn't enough detail or explanation here for you to be able to answer the kinds of questions that an undergraduate law exam could throw at you. In this book, the details really have been stripped down to the bare basics and in this way, the subject loses a lot of its coherency and cohesiveness. It's hard to see the logic for some of the rules that are set down here because very little context is provided, and it would be difficult to think through the principles based on the skeletal approach to each sub-topic taken here.
As I say, good for jogging your memory if you are already quite familiar with the subject, but if you are trying to learn Land Law quickly for an exam, or want to pick up key ideas in a short space of time, you would in fact be better off investing in a slightly longer book that explains things a bit more.

Textbook on International Law
Textbook on International Law
by Martin Dixon MA
Edition: Paperback

4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Competent guide to the subject, 24 Feb. 2004
This is probably the best International Law textbook available for students, simply because it covers the key issues in just about the right amount of detail and doesn't get too bogged down in the details. Other International Law books available appear to be designed for true academics and professionals - students simply do not need such a high level of detail and would do better to read something like this, which explains things clearly and reasonably concisely.
Martin Dixon's style is very readable and gets the key information across well, but just one word of warning: in places, he uses snatches of his own terminology, and some of the cases and topics are clearly covered from Dixon's own standpoint on this subject. This book will work well for picking up the key principles and cases within a short space of time, but do bear in mind that there are other approaches to the subject than this author's.

The Blind Assassin
The Blind Assassin
by Margaret Atwood
Edition: Paperback
Price: £6.99

22 of 32 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Nowhere near matches the hype, 18 Feb. 2004
This review is from: The Blind Assassin (Paperback)
Margaret Atwood's best novel is "The Handmaid's Tale", a book that really grabs you from page one and doesn't let go. I found "The Blind Assassin", in contrast, to be a real struggle to get through. There isn't much in the way of a plot to speak of, and the major "twist" in the tale is very obvious from very early on. A lack of a strong storyline wouldn't be such a problem if the characters were more convincing or the writing better than is the case here. The characters are very cliched, and Atwood's writing style simply failed to engage my attention. I also found the sci-fi segments of the book to be pretty tedious.
I am surprised at the very high rating this book currently has on this website - it's simply not as good as it has been made out to be and after reading it, I was left feeling that I had simply wasted several hours of my life reading a rather dull novel about rather dull people doing entirely predictable things. I would recommend reading "The Handmaid's Tale" instead - there Atwood's talent really shines, the characters are much more engaging and the whole experience is quite a lot more involving.

Daredevil [DVD] [2003]
Daredevil [DVD] [2003]
Dvd ~ Ben Affleck|Colin Farrell|Jennifer Garner
Price: £2.24

8 of 11 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars A missed opportunity, 29 Jan. 2004
This review is from: Daredevil [DVD] [2003] (DVD)
The first thing to note about "Daredevil" is that it doesn't exactly flow as a film - a number of scenes, including an entire sub-plot relating to Matt Murdock's job as a defence lawyer, were cut in order to make the running time shorter. It seems this was a mistake, as the plot doesn't really hang together and the narrative is not too coherent, but rather jumpy and largely unconvincing. And it's also a shame, because inside this below-average superhero flick is a great little film, struggling to get out, and a few minutes more of character development, setting the scene etc might just have made all the difference...

Ben Affleck, an actor who has always inspired nothing but boredom from me, plays Matt Murdock, a blind defence lawyer who also happens to have a secret double identity as a crime-fighting superhero, with costume and gadgets etc etc blah blah - you know the drill. Jennifer Garner is Elektra, a martial arts expert who seems happy to fight a sightless stranger in a children's playground, for no apparent reason at all. This event is an example of one of the holes in the film's patchy plot, although visually, it's impressive.

The film does succeed on this visual level - square-jawed Affleck looks superhero-y enough; Garner is quite simply stunning and looks good high-kicking things; Colin Farrell appears suitably crazed for his role as assassin Bullseye. The fight scenes are well-choreographed and the city appears dark and menacing. There's also the film's one truly beautiful idea: that Murdock can "see" an image of Elektra when the raindrops fall upon her face - this is a very well-done segment in the film, and a genuine moment of inspiration, sensitivity and romance that I was not expecting in what is, at its core level, a quite violent and unpleasant tale...

It's at the narrative level that "Daredevil" falls down. I wanted to know more about all the characters, and why they were doing what they were doing. The ending to the film is rather clumsy. There is also, it has to be said, quite a lot of unpleasantness in this film - the way Bullseye dispatches his victims is, without exception, quite horrible to watch (NB: I am a girl, so bear in mind whether you think this is affecting my ability to stomach such scenes!) and there is, it has to be said, a sense of cruelty about the whole thing.

Nevertheless, there are some great little ideas here and nice touches, and you can watch Farrell and Michael Clarke Duncan give their top-billed co-stars Affleck and Garner a lesson in superhero movie acting. But you will come away wanting more - and not because your appetite has been whetted, but because you have been let down. On every level but the sheer visual, this film needs more, and is frustrating because with a few changes here and there, it could have delivered.

The DVD - the 2 disc DVD is actually pretty well put together. There's a good selection of extras here that are probably better made than the film! - and quite a lot to watch and look through. If you are thinking of getting the film, the few quid extra for the 2 disc version is probably worth it.

2 stars.

BBC German Grammar
BBC German Grammar
by Reinhard Tenberg
Edition: Paperback

6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Decent beginner's guide to German grammar, 23 Jan. 2004
This review is from: BBC German Grammar (Paperback)
This BBC German Grammar book was reprinted in 2001 with a slightly different cover. It's a good, solid, concise introduction to German grammar - which is a notoriously difficult thing to learn.
As it's a small book that aims to give you the basic information quickly, it does suffer slightly from not being able to give full explanations for some of the rules, and occasionally I found that I had to read sections several times in order to understand what was meant. However, there is pretty comprehensive coverage of the basic stuff and it's a lightweight book that you can put in your pocket and read on the Tube or a train or a bus or whatever... but I think you would need a weightier and more detailed book if you wanted to fully understand the subject and learn about the rules in detail.
A good little guide as an introduction or for refreshing your memory but serious German learners will probably need something else to complement this. 4 stars though, as if you are at a basic level and want something that covers the basics and that's lightweight, this is great.

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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Good stuff, 22 Jan. 2004
This review is from: Dookie (Audio CD)
Possibly regarded by many as a jokey geeky punk bad, Green Day show on this album that they are more than capable of some smart lyrics to go with their catchy riffs. That's not to say that the lyrics are deep poetry or anything - they're not - but they are simple, straight to the point and strangely powerful in places.
Add to this the music - which is lively, good fun and sufficiently varied to keep you listening right to the end - and you have a pretty good little album. A lot of people will have bought this for Green Day's UK hit "Basket Case" and whilst it is probably the most striking track on "Dookie", there are some other great songs on here.
Disaffected youth has some very competent spokesmen in Green Day. They don't just "whine" - they add a bit of spin, a bit of humour, a bit of subtlety and even - gasp! - add a few lines here and there that will make you THINK, and wrap it all up in some really great and memorable tunes.
Fun, and well worth a listen.

The Law of Trusts (Butterworths Core Texts)
The Law of Trusts (Butterworths Core Texts)
by J. E. Penner
Edition: Paperback

16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent analysis and very useful, 20 Jan. 2004
This is a clear and informative guide to the law of trusts that is written in a far more accessible style than most trusts textbooks.
The night before my Equity exam at university, I glanced through this book (in quite a state of desperation!) and found clear, concise explanations to several concepts I had been unable to fathom all year. For a full explanation of the law, you may wish to turn to a weightier tome, but if you want to understand the key principles of trusts at degree level and have a reasonably short time to do it in, this probably your best option - it has just about the right level of detail to help you get to grips with stuff you will hopefully have time to read in more detail later...
Penner's style makes the book both straightforward and interesting (not an easy task when dealing with this area of the law!) and puts this text in the realms of the very, very useful.

Land Law Q&A (Questions & Answers)
Land Law Q&A (Questions & Answers)
by Martin Dixon
Edition: Textbook Binding

4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Good general coverage, 20 Jan. 2004
This book will give you a good general guide to land law and includes reference to the key cases in this area, but it's not a good idea to use its suggested answers as your own, as they of course reflect the writer's style.
It's useful to flick through for revision and to make notes on in case there are key theories or cases you've missed or don't understand, as it explains them reasonably clearly and succinctly, but it doesn't cover things at a deep enough level for you to rely on it alone when considering how to structure your answers in a land law exam.

Intellectual Property Law (Core Text Series)
Intellectual Property Law (Core Text Series)
by Jennifer Davis
Edition: Paperback

14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A very good little guide to IP, 20 Jan. 2004
Containing more detail than most "crammers" or short textbooks, but presenting the information in a straightforward style, this is a very good introduction to Intellectual Property. If you're struggling with an area of IP, read the relevant chapter here before you tackle a much longer textbook, or trawl through cases, and you'll have a better basic understanding which will help you get to grips with the subject more quickly. I used a previous edition of this book for my end-of-year exams and found it very helpful. Another reason to recommend this book is that it deals with newer aspects of IP law e.g. biological patents and character merchandising.

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