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Vinyl Demand (Quick Reads)
Vinyl Demand (Quick Reads)
by Hayley Long
Edition: Paperback

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars A vapid but easy read, 23 July 2008
The title, 'Vinyl Demand' is clever and the book is just the right length for the plot - it's neither too drawn out or too rushed. However, I have nothing more positive to say about it.

Vinyl Demand seems to aim for a down-to-earth voice and in some ways it achieves this, making it a good 'snapshot' of life in the city. The style irritated me with its habit of describing every single action taken by the characters in detail, slowing down the story with unnecessary clutter, as though the author knew she didn't have much to write but wanted to publish it as a stand-alone.

But it's a very short book with big print; easy to read in an hour or two. I didn't find it especially interesting, feeling it wandered too far into the realm of cliche and melodrama. Rather than being an adult read, it may appeal to younger teens or bored people in hospital waiting rooms.
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Shaman King, Vol. 2: Kung-Fu Master: Kung-fu Master v. 2
Shaman King, Vol. 2: Kung-Fu Master: Kung-fu Master v. 2
by Hiroyuki Takei
Edition: Paperback
Price: £6.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing, 21 Mar. 2004
I've read the fan-translated (scanlated) version of Shaman King, and it's definatly one of my favourite manga. The characters are endearing and funny, the plot, while not fully established quite yet is intriguing and involving.
The story centers around a young shaman named Yoh, who is currently training so that he can enter the Shaman Fight. The winner of the Shaman Fight gains the title of Shaman King, the only one who can control to Great Spirit.Yoh, however only wants to win the title so he can have an easy life - he's extremely lazy. Too bad his ruthless fiancee is determined to make him train harder than he'd like...
Shaman King is one of those manga that, while shounen (manga for boys and usually bery action-based), the characters personalities are deeply explored and you can't help but wait with bated breath to see how a sitution will be resolved.
Definatly recommended for anyone who likes a good spiritual humour.


Lenore: Noogies [Issues 1-4]: Noogies v. 1
Lenore: Noogies [Issues 1-4]: Noogies v. 1
by Roman Dirge
Edition: Paperback

5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars XD, 20 Dec. 2003
Think Johnny the Homicidal Maniac, except with more innocent violence. This gothic humour is about a little girl named lenore, who just so happens to be dead (and embalmed). With her friend Ragamuffin (a vampire who's become Lenore's stuffed toy), her pet cat she accidentally killed and Mr. Gosh (who loves her, but this is unrequited. Lenore runs over him repeatedly with a lawn mower), they have all kinds of zany mini adventures. Definatly recommended


Galerians: Ash
Galerians: Ash

13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Well, I like it..., 20 Dec. 2003
This review is from: Galerians: Ash (Video Game)
It really depends who you talk to on whther this game is good or not. I personally loved it. Sure, it was a bit slow and awkward in places, but if you want a zombie action horror game, go for silent hill. Galerians has always been about shock value.
I'm a fan of the original Galerians, and was that ever shockingly gruesome. It caused an outrage when it was first released due to drug usage and finding the main guy's parents in the fridge. Very creepy.
Galerians:Ash is really a good storyteller. I mean, look at Resident Evil, that as such a patchy, unoriginal storyline; don't you people get sick of it? Galerians really makes you think. Sure, it's not action-packed, but that's what Silent Hill is for.
If you really don't wanna buy it, rent it from somewhere at least. It's a game you have to experience. Like Ice Tea. Don't knock it until you try it. It isn't as popular in the west because all western gamers care about is how much violence, edge-of-the-seat action and thrills there are. Be less picky. This game is a classic!


One Piece Volume 1
One Piece Volume 1
by Eiichiro Oda
Edition: Paperback
Price: £6.99

3 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Cute and funny as hell, 20 Dec. 2003
This review is from: One Piece Volume 1 (Paperback)
Monkey D. Luffy, friend of Sanji the pirate accidentally eats the Gum Gum Fruit, one of many magical fruits that gives the one who eats it a certain power. Beacause Luffy ate the Gum Gum Fruit, he now has a body made of rubber! He can strech any part of his body and is immune to bullets, cannonballs etc.
He dreams of being a pirate just like his friend Sanji, and when Sanji goes to the Grand Line, the place where the ultimate treasure can be found, Luffy wants to go too and find the treasure aswell. This treasure is known as One Piece and whoever finds it first will be known as the Pirate King. This is Luffy's ambition and once he's old enough, he sets off to find a crew and the map of the Grand Line.
In this first volume, Luffy meets with a swordsman named Zoro who used to collect bounties on pirates and Nami, a thief who cares only about money and hates pirates, so specializes in robbing them.
One Piece is a very funny story about having a dream that you follow no matter what, friendship and loyalty. The strange, naive Luffy, sneaky Nami and determined Zoro will have you laughing within minutes and I'm sure anyone who can look past the basic drawing style will come to love One Piece.


Groosham Grange
Groosham Grange
by Anthony Horowitz
Edition: Paperback

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars mad, 6 Oct. 2003
This review is from: Groosham Grange (Paperback)
That about sums it up really. Mad. In the first chapter, you meet the family of the main character, David, after he has been ezpelled from school. His mother is always crying and isn't fazed when she gets hit over the head or stabbed with a kitchen knife by her husband. His father was crippled by his grandfather and is in a wheelchair, all in the name of discipline, and doesn't seem to mind rolling into the fire by accident. The violence is meant to be funny, and to some extent it is. This is much the same through the whole book, even as pointless as it is. There's an interesting twist at the end, but most of it is fairly predictable. I know this sounds like a horrible review, but it is enjoyable, as I laughed at the stupidity of it, really. Recommeneded for the younger generation.


Inu-Yasha: A Feudal Fairy Tale (Vol. 3)
Inu-Yasha: A Feudal Fairy Tale (Vol. 3)
by Rumiko Takahashi
Edition: Paperback

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Like Ranma? You'll love this...., 20 July 2002
Rumiko Takahashi has done it again! Her new work - Inu Yasha is again, a romance with a whole bucketful of humor put in for good measure. The story begins with Kagome, a normal girl who lives at an old Shrine, but doesn't care about any of it's legends or history. On her 15th birthday she is mysteriously pulled into the well at the shrine by some creature and finds herself in the warring states of Japan, which is long before the shrine was built. There she meets Inu-Yasha, who is a hanyou(half-demon) andmany other colourful characters, each with their own distinctive personality, as she searches for the peices of the Jewel of four souls. Any anime fan will love this and become so attached to the charcters, you may even forget to eat because you're so wrapped up in reading about Inu-Yasha and Kagome.


Trap Runner
Trap Runner

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Really good! ^_^, 20 Feb. 2002
This review is from: Trap Runner (Video Game)
this game is one of those, that, when you start to play, it seems really hard, and you don't think you'll ever learn how to play. But after a while (and listening to the recorded tutorials on the game), you, get the hang of it and you become addicted.
The storyline varys with the character, but the main plot tays the same. You are an undercover agent spying on a secret orgainization called GAIN. You do several missions of termination and finding traps etc. leading you through the characters story.
Of course, it wouldn't be called Trap Runner if there weren't any traps! During your missions for GAIN, you have to kill certain people (the characters you didn't pick to play with) by setting traps around the game level, and find the traps that they set so that you don't die (of course).
I love this stratagy game to bits, and I'm sure anyone who has played this not-very-well-known game feels the same way!


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