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Umbrella Academy Composition Book
Umbrella Academy Composition Book
by Gerard Way
Edition: Paperback

43 of 44 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Know What You're Buying!, 28 Jan. 2010
Be aware that this is an exercise book, a pad of lined paper for you to write in. There is an Umbrella Academy theme, as if this is the kind of thing the kids in that series would be given in which to write notes during lessons, but it is not a sketchbook or design diary for the Umbrella Academy series. You'll find no notes or character sketches from Gerard Way or Gabriel Ba in here. It's merely a bit of merchandise, and given how neat such a sketchbook would be, a missed opportunity.

I only mention this because nowhere could I find a description of the project which stated exactly what it was, so I'm doing so for you now.

As an exercise book, it's decent enough, but not worth the price unless you're an Umbrella Academy collector, as you can get plain books of the same sort for a fraction of the cost.
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200 Veggie Feasts: Hamlyn All Colour Cookbook: Over 200 Delicious Recipes and Ideas
200 Veggie Feasts: Hamlyn All Colour Cookbook: Over 200 Delicious Recipes and Ideas
by Louise Pickford
Edition: Paperback
Price: £4.99

5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Tiny, but packs a punch!, 28 Jan. 2010
I've looked at lots of vegetarian cookbooks, and they've all been a bit dull, all curried this and Moroccan that, but this little book is packed with great ideas, crossing the entire spectrum from soups and salads, to desserts and bakes, going a bit Oriental here, a bit British there, and so on. It's a varied mix, and as with all cookbooks, there's stuff in here you'll probably never make, but even so, it's never boring. It's also very cheap, and even if you only use a handful of the recipes, you'll get your money's worth.

The recipes are all clear and well-written, and while the book is too small and thick to open up and lay flat, it's small enough to easily hold in one hand while you cook. The only potential downside is that it's not a truly vegetarian collection; there's a recipe which uses oyster sauce, and quite a few use Parmesan cheese. Experienced veggies will know what to avoid, but it's never signposted anywhere, which may catch out the unwary. But that's a minor flaw in what turns out to be a great little book.
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Amulet: Stonekeeper Bk. 1
Amulet: Stonekeeper Bk. 1
by Kazu Kibuishi
Edition: Paperback
Price: £8.86

8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A good, strong start, 21 Feb. 2008
Abandoning the moribund superhero trappings (wrongly) associated with the medium, Kazu Kibuishi delivers a classic fantasy tale in comics form. While it has all the superficial trappings of a children's story, there's much for all ages to enjoy here; the youngsters will love the imaginative world and its colourful inhabitants, while grown-ups of all ages will respond to the complex emotions at the heart of the story, and the interesting moral questions raised by the Amulet itself.

Kibuishi's storytelling is strong, although there are a couple of minor slip-ups here and there (page fifteen's clumsy panel layout, for example), and the visuals are wonderful; the seemingly simplistic figures show a wealth of personality and emotion, and the fantasy world is vivid and beautifully realised.

This first chapter of the story is self-enclosed enough that it can be read in isolation, but Kibuishi weaves in plenty of interesting ongoing threads, and I for one will be there to pick up volume two and see how the story continues. A good, strong start.


Transformers: The Legacy of Unicron
Transformers: The Legacy of Unicron
by Simon Furman
Edition: Paperback

4.0 out of 5 stars A great sequel to the Movie!, 4 Oct. 2003
Simon Furman had been writing Movie spin-off storylines in the UK Transformers comic for a while before The Legacy of Unicron. It allowed him to tell new stories without clashing with the US stories, which featured pre-Movie characters.
That said, The Legacy of Unicron was the first true sequel to the Movie, as we find out what happened to Unicron's head after the Movie's climax, as well as how the uplifitng ending of the Movie actually panned out (let's just say that Furman went the cynical route=D).
The 2006-era Transformers are forced to face Unicron once more, this time with the help of popular bounty hunter Death's Head (who exits the Transformers continuity in this issue) and trash-talking Junkion Wreck-Gar. This plot also paves the way for the Time Wars (to be reprinted in July).
There's not much to the story, in all honesty, but it is exceptionally well-written, and the art is simply lovely.
There's also the tantalising prospect of the origin of the Transformers, which stands as canon because the US writers couldn't be bothered to do one before Furman did! =D
All in all, a great addition to Titan's Transformers library.


Ender's Game (Ender Saga)
Ender's Game (Ender Saga)
by Orson Scott Card
Edition: Paperback
Price: £7.99

5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good book with minor flaws, 4 Oct. 2003
This is an excellent science fiction novel, with a fun plot and brilliant characterisation. The game sequences are surprisingly involving and it's hard not to want to join in. It's also remarkably difficult to put this book down, as it flows so well.
My only criticisms are that its origin as a short story are very clear by the end, and that a final anti-war sequence feels as though it was tacked on, and is rather unnecessary as the book as a whole certainly has an anti-war message.


Transformers: Time Wars
Transformers: Time Wars
by Simon Furman
Edition: Paperback

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Transformers: Time Wars - a fitting end, 3 July 2003
I read this when it first came out in the weekly Transformers comics, and I loved it back then. Looking back now, it still stands as a great story.
The art is exemplary, showing just how much better than their american cousins UK comics looked in those days. Compare this to US Transformer work and there's no contest. Even when the same artists followed Simon Furman over to the US title, they didn't look this good. Even today, few comics look as nifty as this one.
Possibly knowing that he was off to write the US comics, Simon Furman used the Time Wars to wrap up the years of Movie-related storylines he wrote for the UK title by bringing pretty much every cool Transformer together for a big scrap (although Death's Head was sadly busy in his own title), including the long-awaited fight between Optimus Prime and Galvatron, something that was always rendered impossible by Prime's all-too-common "deaths" and disappearances whenever Galvatron turned up.
Not as fresh or as exciting as some of the earlier epics (Target:2006 and The Legacy of Unicron are better), this is a fitting end to the "Galvatron Stories", and like the Crisis on Infinite Earths storyline it resembles, will give the continuity fans great, but worthwhile, headaches!


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