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Deviant Moon Tarot Borderless Edition
Deviant Moon Tarot Borderless Edition
by Patrick Valenza
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £19.99

3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars, 20 Mar. 2015
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Warning: the advertised card size is wrong and these cards do not fit into standard tarot card sleeves.

The Purple Revolution: The Year That Changed Everything
The Purple Revolution: The Year That Changed Everything
by Nigel Farage
Edition: Paperback
Price: £9.98

9 of 19 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars One Star, 20 Mar. 2015
Jeez, Russell Brand is looking old.

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1.0 out of 5 stars NOT MICROWAVEABLE, 8 Jun. 2014
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This is non-microwaveable, unless you enjoy the sparks and explosions that will ensure if you put something with metal screws in your microwave oven.

It's 2014 and designing one of these to not use metal is elementary. It's almost as if the designer was vaguely aware that he was making something like a chocolate teapot and decided to make a proverbial one instead of a useful one.

The Invisibles Omnibus
The Invisibles Omnibus
by Grant Morrison
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £84.54

17 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic content; shame the book is just too damn big., 15 Aug. 2013
This review is from: The Invisibles Omnibus (Hardcover)
I love the Invisibles. I loved it when it first came out and I've loved crawling through this Omnibus edition. It bears rereading; I've read it four times now and got something new out of it each time.

My criticisms of this edition are, paradoxically, that it is not quite complete and that it is too big.

It is incomplete because, for a completist like me, it lacks three important items: the letter column editorials by Mark Millar when Morrison was in intensive care (presumably because of the fall out between Millar and Morrison), the short story "I'm a policeman" from Sarah Champion's anthology Disco 2000 which is very much a companion piece to the story "And we're all policemen" which is included; and "It was the 90s" - another text piece from another anthology edited by Sarah Champion called Fortune Hotel.

It's too big because, well, at over 1,500 pages, my arm feels like it is going to fall off every time I hold it for more than 2 minutes. Indeed, the size is what has lead to it taking me so long to read - you can't take it anywhere! I was thinking at one stage of getting a lecturn just so I could read this book, but decided that was going too far.

My perfect edition would be a three volume slipcase edition - one for each of the main arcs - with all the additional companion text pieces mentioned above included. But for now, this will have to do.

A final note: if you do want to read more deeply, not only are Flex Mentallo and the Filth required reading, working as they do as companion pieces, but so are Zenith and Final Crisis. I kind of feel that Morrison has been telling the same story again and again for 30 years which would be a criticism if he didn't do it so damn well.

ExpressionEngine 2
ExpressionEngine 2
by Ryan Irelan
Edition: Paperback
Price: £22.50

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Honestly? Completely useless., 28 Nov. 2012
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I think this book contains the basics - the absolute basics. But for any even somewhat complex tasks it has nothing to say. After about 4 months of trying to use this book it has not helped me solve even one problem.

Across the Universe: The DC Universe Stories of Alan Moore
Across the Universe: The DC Universe Stories of Alan Moore
by Alan Moore
Edition: Paperback

7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Don't buy this, buy DC Universe: The Stories of Alan Moore, 11 Jan. 2009
This is basically the same as DC Universe: The Stories of Alan Moore (DC Comics) but without The Killing Joke (although this is not the Brian Bolland recoloured version that was published in 2008). So for value for money, buy that not this.

Tome of Corruption (Warhammer Fantasy Roleplay)
Tome of Corruption (Warhammer Fantasy Roleplay)
by Green Ronin
Edition: Hardcover

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars I'm sure I've read this somewhere before..., 2 Feb. 2008
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At its best, the chaos-infested setting of WFRP is an opportunity to tell some dark horror stories involving body horror and political corruption. At its worst, it is a rather adolescent obsession with spiky bits and a rather dubious subtext implying that all emotion is a vice and will lead irrevocably to damnation. If I wanted a lecture about fire and brimstone I'd go to church.

The original Realm of Chaos books, published 20 years ago, veered towards the latter, but that was somewhat understandable as the books were designed for WFB and W40K. For all their faults, they were chock-full of illustrations, which was great for scene-setting. I was hoping that this book would veer rather more towards the former. Sadly, it has not done enough for my liking.

The big lists of mutations and information about beastmen, chaos champions and magical items are all but lifted wholesale from Realm of Chaos. The new stuff, providing information about the Chaos Wastes and surrounding areas, are fairly interesting background, but lack the detail required to run an adventure - let alone a campaign - there and are useless for anything else. At best the character generation stuff could be used for the odd (N)PC.

It's not all bad. The book is peppered with adventure seeds which provide some inspiration. Having a mutations list that isn't intended to work across three different game systems is of some use. The section on cults is much more extensive than anything in RoC. The bestiary is of interest, although most of these should not have been omitted from the Old World Bestiary in the first place.

Overall, I found this book fairly interesting, but it is by no means a vital addition for an WFRP2 library.
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