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Due South: The Ultimate Collection - Three Complete Seasons
Due South: The Ultimate Collection - Three Complete Seasons
DVD ~ Paul Gross

4.0 out of 5 stars Great show; poorly executed DVD manufacturing, February 6, 2014
This is a great show, although the episodes can vary in quality. It's clear that the writers were, at times, given free reign to let their imaginations go a bit crazy. And it worked.

The actual DVDs were annoying. Instead of a clear menu, allowing you to select each episode individually, they featured the episodes in groups of three or four.

When you selected the menu item, you saw all episodes in sequence. However, if you wanted to watch only the 2nd or 3rd item in that menu pick, it was necessary to fast-forward through the first ones. Very annoying.

Silk: Season 1
Silk: Season 1
DVD ~ Various
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8 of 16 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Silk is a poor man's version of Rumpole of the Bailey, August 27, 2013
This review is from: Silk: Season 1 (DVD)
I watched episode one with interest, and the show did manage to hold my attention.

My overall impression is that Silk is a sort of poor man's version of Rumpole of the Bailey.
Instead of Leo McKern as Rumpole, we have Maxine Peake as Martha Costello.

Rumpole was a curmudgeonly senior citizen whose only real problem in life was in dealing with his wife Hilda whom he affectionately referred to as "she who must be obeyed." That and the fact that he wasn't particularly adept at the politics in his chambers were his only problem.

Martha Costello is a 35-year-old single woman who seems to be constantly looking at her positive pregnancy test. She's a bit too angst-ridden for my taste.

The scenes in chambers are very reminiscent of the Rumpole stories.

Still, I'm willing to give it a chance for a few more episodes. At least, the series is head and shoulders above just about any program you could name that's currently showing.
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1.0 out of 5 stars As usual with Brightman: all flash, very little substance, August 9, 2013
This review is from: Dreamchaser (Audio CD)
It's time for Sarah Brightman to retire. How much longer can she stand up in front of an audience and embarrass herself like that? Most sopranos realize that after 50, it's time to give it up.

As usual, she seems to be obsessed with making the same hand movements over and over again. Someone needs to tell her that they add nothing. And her voice, these days, is all head tones.

She should either rest on her laurels, or take up a career producing concerts and/or music videos..

Like Rudolph Nureyev when he reached his late 40s, she's become a caricature of herself, and it's not a pleasant sight.
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John Carter
John Carter
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Visually Stunning, April 1, 2013
This review is from: John Carter (Amazon Instant Video)
It's been decades since I read the books, so I wasn't interested in how accurately they were portrayed.

The bottom line is that this movie is visually stunning, and grabs your attention immediately.

We saw it in the theaters, and purchased it on DVD as soon as it became available.

Just watched it again this afternoon with the grandchildren, and they loved it.

Zero Day (John Puller Series)
Zero Day (John Puller Series)
by David Baldacci
Edition: Mass Market Paperback
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4.0 out of 5 stars Worth the time to read, February 6, 2013
Having read The Forgotten, which was Puller novel #2, I decided to read book one, and I'm very glad that I did.

In book 2 we heard frequent references to Puller's recent adventure in West Virginia, and I was pleased to learn that this book tells that particular story.

There are a lot of unanswered questions about John Puller, ie, what happened to his mother; what did his brother do; etc, but there was no need for them to be answered in this book. Maybe there will be a later book givine the backstory, maybe not. In any case, it doesn't really matter.

Others have compared Puller to Reacher, but I don't see the connection.

As for the details about coal mining conditions in W Va, they made sense, even if a certain amount of artistic license was employed for effect.

This was a well done mystery that keeps the reader guessing. My only complaint is Baldacci's consdtant switching from American style dialogue (he said; John said) to British style (said he; said John). The UK style grates on American ears, and switching back and forth is even more annoying. Make up your mind, David, are you going to appeal to US or UK audiences.

by Robert Crais
Edition: Hardcover
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great read, January 29, 2013
This review is from: Suspect (Hardcover)
As one who has lived with a loved dogs for most of the past three decades, I was a somewhat taken aback in the opening scene where Maggie lost her handler, but I kept reading, and was glad that I did so.

The pairing of a cop who'd been severely injured, and a K-9 dog who'd also been injured, both of whom are suffering from PTSD was fascinating. It took me a minute or two to get into the sections where the reader is seeing things through Maggie's perspective, but once I got used to it, I found it fascinating.

On my first read, I found myself reading faster and faster because I had to know what was going to happen, and I wasn't disappointed. Now I'm on my second read and taking my time to savor things more.

I've already recommended this book to several people.

The Forgotten (John Puller Series)
The Forgotten (John Puller Series)
by David Baldacci
Edition: Hardcover
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4.0 out of 5 stars A good read, January 29, 2013
David Baldacci has created an interesting resort town in the Florida panhandle and painted more than a few problems in Paradise.

The story worked well, although Baldacci needs to do better research. The old lady's walker is described as having tennis balls on the front legs. Wrong. Walkers come with four plain legs, four legs with wheels, or four legs with wheels on the front legs and sometimes tennis balls on the rear legs. The tennis balls are never in front.

Then there's his handling of dialogue. He uses a mix of British and American style. In the US, the dialogue tag (verb) follows the noun or pronoun (he said; Joe said; etc)in the UK it is the other way round (said he; said Joe; etc). Baldacci has chosen to mix the two, and anyone with any editing experience will find this annoying.

That being said, well done, Baldacci.

Empire and Honor (Honor Bound)
Empire and Honor (Honor Bound)
by W. E. B. Griffin
Edition: Hardcover
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Griffin has redeemed himself a bit with this offering, January 3, 2013
I was deeply disappointed with the last book in this series for a number of reasons, not least of which was the sloppy editing and lack of continuity. For reasons passing understanding, after a number of books in which Cletus Frade's Aunt was Aunt Beatrice, they spelled it Beatrix or Beatriz in the last book. That's shoddy. This time they got it right and are back to the original spelling - Beatrice.

I had wondered how Griffin was going to deal with the friction between Frade and Peron, given Peron's rise to power, and he handled it with style. One can only hope that he continues in that vein.

The introduction of a new character, Clete's "little brother" Jimmy is a welcome addition to the series, and Jimmy is obviously being set up to play a role in future books.

I do wish that somebody would tell the Griffins that blonde is derived from French, and it has gender-specific endings. Men are blond and women are blonde. He jumps all over the place, and even refers to Eva Peron as blond and blonde on the same page. That's just plain sloppy, especially for an author who took great pains to have a major character in another series explain the difference between a Beamer (BMW motorcycle) and a Bimmer (BMW automobile).

Snow White and the Huntsman (Extended Edition)
Snow White and the Huntsman (Extended Edition)
DVD ~ Kristen Stewart
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10 of 29 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars A boring waste of time and money, June 7, 2012
This movie was so bad that it's hard to find words to adequately describe its total ineptitude.
They had a couple of good ideas (barely), then added so much fluff that the gems of an idea or two were lost in the shuffle.
The actors either shouted or mumbled their way through their lines, and the whole thing turned into one huge jumbled up mess.
As for the so-called music! Yuck!
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Kill Shot (Mitch Rapp)
Kill Shot (Mitch Rapp)
by Vince Flynn
Edition: Hardcover
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Yet another page-turner from Flynn, despite poor editing, February 12, 2012
This review is from: Kill Shot (Mitch Rapp) (Hardcover)
As is usual with Mitch Rapp books, I found myself skipping ahead to find out what happened next, then going back and reading carefully. My one complaint about the story line was that Mitch Rapp was given too little time on stage, so to speak.

My main complaint is with the clear lack of editing. This book is once again proof positive of the fact that books are mo longer published, but merely printed--at least when it comes to the so-called major publishing houses. I can name several small niche pulishers who do a much better job. I find the mis-use of the word blond totally annoying and unnecessary. Blonde derives from the French, and has different endings for feminine and masculine characters. Men are blond and women are blonde, and never the twain shall meet. In addition, one of the French policemen was popping Tylenol for his headache. Wrong. If there had been an editor, and he or she had done his or her research, the term Panadol would have been used.

Authors are the custodians of language and usage, and as such, should not contribute to its decline.

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