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The Tudors: A Very Short Introduction 2/e (Very Short Introductions)
The Tudors: A Very Short Introduction 2/e (Very Short Introductions)
by John Guy
Edition: Paperback
Price: £4.99

4.0 out of 5 stars Feels like a good grounding in the Tudors, 1 Dec. 2013
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Does what it says on the tin, the basics of the Tudor reigns in just over 100 small format pages. As such it's hard to fault, though I have fairly little knowledge of the period to compare it with. It dives straight in with Henry at the Battle Bosworth and delivers a fairly breathless canter through the key events of the period. I'd have liked a little bit of a lead-in in setting the scene at the start, and perhaps a bit more on life an Tudor England an a little less on palace intrigues. But those are quibbles I have much more understanding of the Tudors than when I started it, and I have finished the book in a weekend. Recommended.


The Cabin In The Woods [DVD]
The Cabin In The Woods [DVD]
Dvd ~ Chris Hemsworth
Price: £3.00

5.0 out of 5 stars Clever and scarey, 1 Dec. 2013
This review is from: The Cabin In The Woods [DVD] (DVD)
Finally got round to watching this and loved it, bit surprised to see the low ranking here. I suppose that what some people want from genre, is genre played straight and this isn't that. Cabin plays around with the conventions of the teen slasher movie, pokes fun at the horror audience, yet at the same time delivers some every effective horror of its own. It's smart, witty, willing to scorn the conventions of the genre and most of all it's great fun to watch.


Unseen Academicals: A Discworld Novel
Unseen Academicals: A Discworld Novel
by Terry Pratchett
Edition: Mass Market Paperback

3.0 out of 5 stars Mid-table, 30 Nov. 2013
This is the first Discworld novel that I have struggled to get to the end of (and I have read most of them). In fact I gave up on it briefly mid way through before coming back to it (a sort of half time break). Yes it's loosely about football, and a little bit about fame. It's as you would expect very amusing in parts, but the central characters seem less developed than before, and more fundamentally the plot rambles with the various strands never really gelling. While it tries to build to a climax for me it just kind of fisseled out. Enjoyable nonetheless, but not one of his best.


Warm Bodies [DVD]
Warm Bodies [DVD]
Dvd ~ Nicholas Hoult
Price: £3.00

4.0 out of 5 stars Entertaining romzomcom, 9 Nov. 2013
This review is from: Warm Bodies [DVD] (DVD)
Has Shaun of the Deadsparked a new genre? Warm Bodies contains a similar mix of laughs romance and gore (though given the 12 certificate aimed at a younger audience) I watched this with my 2 teenage daughters who enjoyed it greatly, as did I if not quite so much. Part of what pleasing is that it wears its influences lightly; Rome & Juliet, Buffy and most pleasingly the source for most modern zombie movies I Am Legend , (though annoyingly it has running zombies!) It also offers a teen friendly mix of romance. pop songs and a little threat. While these elements may annoy some older viewers (like me) and it does strain credulity at times an excellent performance from Nicholas Hoult helps make the whole thing engaging.

At 97 minutes it doesn't outstay it's welcome and made good Saturday night viewing.


The Decision Book: Fifty Models for Strategic Thinking (The Tschapeller and Kyogenus Collection)
The Decision Book: Fifty Models for Strategic Thinking (The Tschapeller and Kyogenus Collection)
by Roman Tschäppeler
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £9.98

5.0 out of 5 stars Very useful little book, 9 Nov. 2013
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Essentially a summary of fifty analysis and decisions techniques, there is nothing new in this book, but for me it's very useful having them all in a handy book form where they are well and clearly explained. Excellent resource.


Teenagers Explained: A Manual for Parents by Teenagers
Teenagers Explained: A Manual for Parents by Teenagers
by Megan Lovegrove
Edition: Paperback
Price: £9.99

4.0 out of 5 stars Useful reading for parents and teenagers, 8 Nov. 2013
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All 4 of us in the family including our 2 teenage daughters have read this and found it entertaining and useful. My daughters thought it was on the whole pretty accurate. As an adult you may find some of the teenagerisms a bit annoying, and fell it (not surprisingly) gives a partial view on things. But it core advice of treating your teens with respect while still setting boundaries seems sound. I think any parent of teenager would get something useful out of this.


Into The Woods: How Stories Work and Why We Tell Them
Into The Woods: How Stories Work and Why We Tell Them
by John Yorke
Edition: Paperback

4.0 out of 5 stars Fascinating analysis of why we tell stories, 8 Nov. 2013
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John Yorke is an experienced screen writer and producer so his meditations on how and why we tell stories (with a particular focus on small and large screens) is not an academic exercise, his fascination with his subject shines throughout the book. Which is perhaps also a problem as for the casual reader like m,e there is perhaps a little too much content here. Yorke illustrates his discussion with a wealth of examples from TV and film, and that means there are few spoilers in the book for some well know if not especially recent stories. While his ultimate conclusions may not be massively surprising there is much pleasure in to be had in this journey into the woods


Who's Afraid Of Virginia Woolf? [DVD] [1966]
Who's Afraid Of Virginia Woolf? [DVD] [1966]
Dvd ~ Elizabeth Taylor
Price: £5.99

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3.0 out of 5 stars Stunning performances, not so good script, 26 Oct. 2013
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No question that Taylor & Burton deliver brilliant performances, and she is well worthy of her Oscar. But the play itself feels dated. While beyond the screaming and the cruelty it is a powerful piece. But the central plot device is rather odd, and ultimately it is 2 hours in the company of 4 unpleasant drunks. Worth watching for Taylor alone, but for me it hasn't aged well.


Let the Right One in [DVD]
Let the Right One in [DVD]
Dvd ~ Kåre Hedebrant
Offered by A ENTERTAINMENT
Price: £2.75

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3.0 out of 5 stars Can I have my 2 hours back please?, 25 Oct. 2013
This review is from: Let the Right One in [DVD] (DVD)
OK title of my review is a bit harsh but after reading all the glowing reviews this was a serious let down. OK it is low budget art house horror but that doesn't excuse the serious inconsistency in plotting and tone. SPOILERS AHEAD

From the start it lacks credibility, I can understand that a vampire trapped in a 12 year old body would need an adult helper but why would they choose such a comically incompetent one? It's also painfully slow and would be a much better film lopped of about 30 minutes, for a horror film its distinctly lacking in tension for much of it's 2 hours. To it's credit it's an interestingly different take on the vampire myth and the 2 young leads give good performances. But the setting is too sketchy, lots of shots of bleak snow covered urban landscapes, but supporting characters are seriously underdeveloped and the acting distinctly patchy.

The representation of vampires is also problematic, Eli the central vampire shoots up the side of a building yet doesn't seem endowed with any great strength, judging by how she struggles to overcome her victims until the climatic scene when we don;t actually see what happens. While there seem to be no repercussions in the real world from her actions. For me she needed to be a bit more sinister and frightening.

Ultimately any story taking us into the supernatural needs to convince the viewer of the world it presents and for me Let The Right One In fails badly.

Baffled by the praise this has accumulated.


The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2010) [DVD]
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2010) [DVD]
Dvd ~ Noomi Rapace
Offered by Todays Great Deal
Price: £1.45

4.0 out of 5 stars Compelling thriller, 19 Oct. 2013
This is one of those rare occasions when the film improves on the book. I enjoyed the novel but thought it had its flaws, this film version effectively discards those flaws while retaining the core of the story. While strong direction good use of location, and decent performances make for a very good thriller. Noomi Rapace in particular shines as Lisbeth.


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