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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Good fun &Good information, Aug. 8 2012
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I enjoyed this video so much I immediately pulled out my copy of Adam's book to read about the original series 20 years previous and then watched the dvd's over again. The wonderful give and take between the two hosts will keep you laughing while a lot of information is brought out. The nearly invisible film crew are always evident in the fabulous footage. They are not afraid to show the problems that come up in looking for rare creatures (cuts, food poisoning, broken bones). Though Frye seems to have near-physical withdrawal symptoms when separated from his wi-fi his delight when confronted with the endangered creatures is wonderful. Carwardine's explanations never become too dry and he seems willing to do anything to get closer to their quarry. There is also a wonderful globe between segments which opens to show a moving mechanical model of each animal. All the details are there and anyone in the family would love this dvd.

Sherlock: The Complete First Season
Sherlock: The Complete First Season
DVD ~ Benedict Cumberbatch
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The game is on!, Jan. 28 2011
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This update of the favorite Sherlock Holmes characters is well made and a lot of fun. Details I'd forgotten from the original stories take on a new life and sometimes new meanings in the twenty-first century setting. It took a little while to get used to the use of first names but it was soon part of the characterization. Amusingly, Dr. Watson is still just back from Afghanistan but now he's in therapy for post-traumatic stress. He doesn't write stories but keeps a blog as part of his therapy; Sherlock has a web-site. They both seem to be glued to their cell phones.
The addition of the original pilot is a great extra. Seeing the variations in the story from the original hour-long version to the final one is fascinating. It made me pull the original story off the shelf to compare.
The actors are all great in the various roles and the use of words on-screen to follow Sherlock's racing thoughts helps keep the pace up by skipping the need for constant verbal explanations.
Having the DVD allows one to watch more than once and each time there's another detail noticed. The blogs and Sherlock's web-site have also been set up on-line and it is fun to read the public version given out by the characters after having seen the events in full. John wonders who shot the cabbie when we already saw who did it.
The only problem is having to wait until next fall for the next installment.

Under Heaven
Under Heaven
by Guy Gavriel Kay
Edition: Hardcover
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6 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another Kay triumph, March 4 2010
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Under Heaven is another delight for Kay fans. Once again he has created a delicately detailed world not quite in a known time and place. Following Shen Tai's journey, physical and spiritual, as he is caught up in a time of upheaval and thrown into the highest company by an unexpected gift is a wonderful glimpse into that world that is, yet is not, the Tang empire. The characters all have depth and their lives slowly resolve into a complete picture as the story rounds out to the end.
I'll give it all a few days to settle into my brain and then begin to read it again to savour the details anew.

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