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Sharpe's Revenge (#10)
Sharpe's Revenge (#10)
by Bernard Cornwell
Edition: Paperback
36 used & new from CDN$ 7.34

4.0 out of 5 stars A good, but not the best, Sharpe adventure., Jan. 28 2004
This review is from: Sharpe's Revenge (#10) (Paperback)
This book is set right after Sharpes siege. It pretty much continues on from there.
This book puts the penisular wars to rest. The peace has left the winning British army being disbanded and sent home. But Sharpes nemesis, Ducos, has one more torture to put Sharpe through. The book sees Sharpe and Fredrickson (followed always by Harper) on the run from both the British and the French armies. The rest you have to read but it is a great story and it fits in perfectly with the series as a whole.
4 Stars

Sharpe's Christmas
Sharpe's Christmas
by Bernard Cornwell
Edition: Paperback
35 used & new from CDN$ 0.64

7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Two great Sharpe adventures., Jan. 28 2004
This review is from: Sharpe's Christmas (Paperback)
After reading the whole Sharpe series twice I decided to go ahead and purchase this book. At first I didn;t know what to expect, I figured it would be over just as quick as it started. This is the case, 60 pages takes maybe an hour to read. But the story, like always, grabs you from the start and keeps you reading.
These books are pretty much for Sharpe fans only, little about Sharpe is given away through these books. It is just a quick Sharpe adventure. I particulary liked Ransom.
These two stories are a must for any Sharpe fan out there.
5 Stars.

by Charles Wilson
Edition: Mass Market Paperback
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4.0 out of 5 stars A good quick read., Jan. 18 2004
This review is from: Extinct (Mass Market Paperback)
This book didn't have my attention for a while but when it finally did grab ahold of it the book was great. It flowed well, I like Wilson's writing style, short paragraph after short paragraph, you can put the book down and get right back into it that way.
The book lacks some of the details of other Marine thrillers but the book doesn't suffer without them, in fact after reading many marine books the biology bits just get in the way.
All in all the books reads as a typical book like this would except it has alot more action and suspense then other books of its type, it is definatly a good read, you will find you read it very quickly due to the action scenes which have you hooked to the book.
4 Stars

American Wedding (Extended Unrated Party Edition) (Full Screen) (Bilingual) [Import]
American Wedding (Extended Unrated Party Edition) (Full Screen) (Bilingual) [Import]
DVD ~ Jason Biggs
Offered by importcds__
Price: CDN$ 2.17
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5.0 out of 5 stars This movie forces you till laugh till you can't laugh nomore, Jan. 6 2004
This is a must buy movie, it's just so funny. It's a great end to the series, I hope they release a special triolgy box set of America pie because it is one of those movies you can just watch and watch.
This movie shows how all of the characters have 'matured' into adults, parties are switched to bars and snack houses switched to restaurants. The humour is still all there though and I love it. It's the funniest of them all in my opinion and a must buy for any fan of the previous two movies!
5 Stars

Sharpes Regiment
Sharpes Regiment
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3.0 out of 5 stars Lacks the Homely feeling of France and Spain., Dec 16 2003
This review is from: Sharpes Regiment (Paperback)
In this book Richard Sharpe and companions travel to England, the whole book (bar an epilogue and an introduction) is set in England. Personally I didn't like it at first, it lacked the French connection which, to me, is a major factor that makes the Sharpe series so great.
This book lacks the intense action of other Sharpe books and focuses more on the homefront. Sharpe is sent back to England to find recruits for the South Essex regiment, he quickly discovers that his task is not going to be as easy as he thought. His rifle is replaced by his mind and his sword, his wits.
He has to fight on a new battlefield, a politicians battlefield. To some this would seem an interesting twist in the Sharpe saga, to me it seemed to detract from it, I like the action and detailed description of battles. But being part of the Sharpe series I felt compelled to read it and this is the last book (at present) where the British are still fighting in Spain, this book kicks open the door to the next set of books, Sharpe in France.
3 Stars only, not the best Sharpe but Sharpe nonetheless

by Niall Ferguson
Edition: Hardcover
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Great Book, Nov. 15 2003
This review is from: Empire (Hardcover)
The British Empire was the biggest, most powerful Empire ever known both militaristically and economically. Success like that doesn't come without a price. Many atrocities were committed and no amount of justification can change that appalling part of British history. However even in these modern times atrocities are committed all the time by nations on every continent of the world. Terror it would seem is part of human nature now as it was back then.
Many reviewers go on about British atrocities, how the empire was built on other people's sufferings but was America not built on Indian land? The author fails to note many arguments of how what Britian did was no different to what empires both old and new have done. Where thousands of Indians not killed or forced out of their homes to make way for new American settlements? In a time were humanity was less then kind and generous Britain achieved what had never been achieved before, almost complete world domination. It modernized much of the world, brought order were there was none and kept down many evil dictators bent on world conquest (Hitler, Napoleon...).
The book is not an apology for British rule but a refreshing look at the benefits of British rule, what Britian brought to the world. It doesn't skip the bad points of that nor justify them, it a good view of British history.
5 Stars
It's a great book!

Boat Trip (Widescreen) [Import]
Boat Trip (Widescreen) [Import]
DVD ~ Cuba Gooding Jr.
Price: CDN$ 12.88
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3.0 out of 5 stars Funny, Oct. 31 2003
The comedy in this film wasn't really that great, the funny bits were mostly one liners and the plot wasn't too deep. After buying and watching the DVD I must say it didn't live up to the expectations I had to begin with but it was funny in it's own way.
It's a movie that can make anyone laugh, regardless of what your comedic preferences are, and so I give this 3 stars, its a fun movie and anyone who likes movies will find this worth watching.

Don't Try This At Home: The Steve-O Video Vol. II - The Tour [Import]
Don't Try This At Home: The Steve-O Video Vol. II - The Tour [Import]
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1.0 out of 5 stars Waste of time and money, Sept. 9 2003
I bought this DVD thinking it would be funny, it's not, it lacks stunts, it's mostly behind the scenes stuff which to be honest is boring. It lacks the comedy of Jackass and what stunts it does have are just not funny. In one scene Steve-o sets a girls chest on fire, I don't find that funny, it's kind of weird.
Am a big fan of the jackass series and I bought this thinking it would be just as good, but it's a poor mans attempt at humour. Mostly Steve-o is out of his head on drugs and it shows alot. I hope the first in the series is better, this was just a waste of money.
1 Star

Dead To Rights - Xbox
Dead To Rights - Xbox
Offered by Orion Xpress
Price: CDN$ 19.90
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4.0 out of 5 stars An action game that puts you in an Action Movie., Sept. 3 2003
This review is from: Dead To Rights - Xbox (Video Game)
This game is great. After learning the controls (took about an hour to become good enough to play properly) the game is surprisingly playable. I don't usually go for this type of game, I prefer sports games, but this game is great. The action is intense, you find yourself up against overwhelming odds all the time and when you finally do succeed you feel like you have achieved something.
The graphics of this game are great, you don't get the feeling it was quickly throw together, the programmers did there job with this one. If you hook it up to a decent sound system and get the bass pumped up, the sound is awesome. The shooting shakes you soul!
This is the kind of game you won't get bored with, it will take you months of playing to actually beat this game, and even then it doesn't lose its appeal. Each time you play it you find yourself getting stuck at different parts so it's never the same. All in all this is a great game.
4 Stars

Sharpe's Gold (Richard Sharpe's Adventure Series #9)
Sharpe's Gold (Richard Sharpe's Adventure Series #9)
by Bernard Cornwell
Edition: Paperback
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4.0 out of 5 stars A great story, Sept. 3 2003
Out of all the Sharpe books I would say this isn't one of the best, it's got all the usual Sharpe features but it just lacks that certain something. Still though, it's an awesome book and well worth a read.
In this book Sharpe makes enemies with a powerful guerilla leader, El Catalico. El Catalico is a master swordsman and Sharpe is no match for him with a sword, and in the inevitable battle between these foes, Sharpe must rely upon his means of fighting.
The book is set during August 1810, you get some good education about what happened during that time Anglo-French war. Almeida, a huge fortress under British control is destroyed, you get a very detailed and highly visual description of the explosion that destroyed the fort in the book. The rest is in the book, but the story is great and well, typical Sharpe.
4 Stars

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