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Diana Rigg: The Biography
Diana Rigg: The Biography
Price: £11.27

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars OK, 15 Oct. 2015
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A decent biography, peppered with quotes from Ms Rigg. Unfortunately it's quite one-sided and the actress comes across very positively, whereas she can reportedly be quite rude and dismissive. Overall the book was quite superficial and needed some more depth and a bit more balance.


James Bond in the 21st Century: Why We Still Need 007 (Smart Pop series)
James Bond in the 21st Century: Why We Still Need 007 (Smart Pop series)
Price: £13.29

3.0 out of 5 stars OK..., 15 Oct. 2015
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Some interesting a fun essays and articles, but it gets a bit repetitive after a while.


Community - Season 6
Community - Season 6
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Price: £8.49

1 of 5 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing..., 15 Oct. 2015
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After the series moved online I had doubts, but I bought the first episode and it was so good I watched it half a dozen times. Feeling confident the show was still brilliant, I bought the series. What a disappointment. Admittedly I have only watched up to episode 9, but barely a smile so far. Here's hoping they can pull off a brilliant last few episodes, but at the moment it's not looking too good. The much maligned Season 4 was funnier and had more imagination. Ending with a whimper, not a bang...


The Girl With All The Gifts
The Girl With All The Gifts
Price: £5.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A different take, magically written, 9 Mar. 2014
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Although it might seem at first to be a standard zombie story, the reality is slowly drip-fed, keeping the interest levels high until the surprising end. Add to that a superb variety of voices and viewpoints and you have a hugely entertaining and thought-provoking take on an over-familar theme.


The Man Who Invented the Daleks: The Strange Worlds of Terry Nation
The Man Who Invented the Daleks: The Strange Worlds of Terry Nation
by Alwyn W. Turner
Edition: Hardcover

11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars All very well, but what was he like?, 5 Aug. 2011
Alwyn Turner has written some very good social history books about the seventues and eighties, apparently. And this is another one. Unfortunately it's supposed to be about Terry Nation. And although Nation drifts in and out of the book as a biography it's very disappointing. There's very sketchy biographical information, no opinions of his personality and precious little analysis of his work (was he actually "good" writer, or was he a hack? Was his comedy actually funny? Did his peers think he was good? Did he feel he cheated Raymond Cusick?) You get the distinct impression that Turner wanted to write a general history of light entertainment throughout the sixties, seventies and eighties and Nation just happens to be the peg he has hung it from. I don't even feel that Turner cares about Nation's work, or has even seen much of it - he certainly seems to be more of a detached observer rather than a fan. He seems much happier describing the effects of the rise of TV on the cinema, the social upheaval of the Welsh miners and the impact of Lew Grade than he seems writing about Nation and analysing his work. In addition, the book isn't exactly chronological, so you have to piece together the often confusing timeline yourself. Too much social context without ever getting to grips with what the context is a backdrop for - Nation as a man and as an author. There's an interesting story there, but this isn't it.


French Language Builder(Michel Thomas Series) [AUDIOBOOK]
French Language Builder(Michel Thomas Series) [AUDIOBOOK]
by Michel Thomas
Edition: Audio CD

328 of 335 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars WARNING!!, 9 July 2004
Firstly, let me say I am a huge fan of the Michel Thomas method, and found his 8-hr French course an absolute joy. This Language Builder, however, is not what you might be expecting. The 8-hr course is lacking in two basic things - simple vocabulary (bread, apple, up, down, one, two, etc) and the past tense. It is touched on very swiftly towards the end of the final tape, but only with can/could, want/wanted and must/had to. I was hoping that the Language Builder would continue with more of the same teaching method and fill in these two missing areas. Unfortunately not - it is simply Michel reading out a phrase book, and very quickly at that. Without your finger on the pause button, it is very difficult to follow - which makes it impossible to use doing the housework, or driving the car. Michel's method in the 8-hr course is completely ignored, there is no variety of examples, and you need to listen over and over, doing exactly what you are not supposed to - memorising and learning by rote. I'm not saying it's a bad course - but it's nothing like the 8-hr tapes. If you think it's going to be, be prepared for a disappointment.
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