Profile for M. J. White > Reviews

Personal Profile

Content by M. J. White
Top Reviewer Ranking: 349,674
Helpful Votes: 81

Learn more about Your Profile.

Reviews Written by
M. J. White
(REAL NAME)   

Show:  
Page: 1 | 2 | 3
pixel
Conquest: The English Kingdom of France 1417-1450
Conquest: The English Kingdom of France 1417-1450
by Juliet Barker
Edition: Hardcover

24 of 28 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Worth reading but not as good as Agincourt, 20 Jan 2010
Following Juliet Barker's masterpiece, Agincourt, I was keen to read her next work. I started off enjoying the book but quickly became worn down by an excessive amount of detail that greatly hindered my enjoyment of the plot. There are parts of this book that are really good such as the chapter about the Maid of Orleans and the fall of Paris, yet many of the chapters are so peppered with overcomplicated detail and cross references that it spoils the overall story.

Unfortunately, the concise plot and skilful editing that made Agincourt such a success are missing from Conquest. It is clear that Juliet Barker has done a great deal of research, probably leading on from her preparations for Agincourt, yet the overload of detail detracts from what might have been a real page turner. In short, this is an excellent historical reference book but not a fine piece of literature in the same vein as Agincourt.


Agincourt: The King, the Campaign, the Battle
Agincourt: The King, the Campaign, the Battle
by Juliet Barker
Edition: Paperback
Price: £7.69

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Juliet Barker Masterpiece, Entertaining and Informative, 19 Jan 2010
Verified Purchase(What is this?)
This really is a well researched, well written and well presented book. Juliet Barker excels in offering not only a great historical text but also a hugely entertaining read.

The balance of this book is just right with enough detail to put you on the battlefield yet not so much detail that you are wishing your way through dull or irrelevant material. The presentation of the book is also well considered with it's division into clear parts of the campaign and bite size chapter lengths that allow the reader to digest each part with ease.

If you fancy an entertaining read about King Henry V and the battle of Agincourt then look no further.


Sid Meier's Civilization: Revolution (PS3)
Sid Meier's Civilization: Revolution (PS3)
Offered by Bargain Games UK
Price: £16.49

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Well Thought Out and Highly Addictive, 19 Jan 2010
= Fun:5.0 out of 5 stars 
I couldn't agree more with the reviewers who described this as an addictive game. On several occasions I have glanced at the clock to realise that it was the early hours of the morning and I still couldn't tear myself away from my newly constructed little empire. If you are a hardcore PC war gamer then this is probably not up to the mark, yet if you happen to own a PS3 rather than a gaming PC and like the idea of turn based strategy games then I would highly recommend this title.


FIFA 10
FIFA 10
Offered by Mayflower Stores
Price: £2.60

3.0 out of 5 stars Good but not great, 10 Dec 2009
= Fun:4.0 out of 5 stars 
This review is from: FIFA 10 (Video Game)
EA Sports usually produce good games but never brilliant ones and Fifa 10 is no exception. The new manager mode is perhaps the best feature in justifying the additional expense of a more up to date football title. It is very addictive but equally annoying as niggles and faults that should have been ironed out in development have survived into the finished product.

The scouting feature is just one example; a new signing is found but if you have just a few pounds less than the signing fee the scouts recommendation is lost forever where you would have had more than enough money the following turn, very unrealistic and very frustrating as you have to reject a player rather than being able to see him wait for one match despite a prompt claiming this is possible.

The PS3's engine allows for so much more in terms of realism and playability yet the manager mode is merely an unpolished add on with the strategic AI of an 80's Amstrad title.

The main action has nothing more to offer than its predecessor with the annoying feature of having to practice shooting just to get to the main match. Inevitably, you will keep tapping your controls to bypass this daft innovation.

Despite the niggles, this game is very playable and additive so if you can buy it for less than the £39 I paid then I doubt you would regret it. All in all, a good game but nothing exceptional.


A Great and Terrible King: Edward I and the Forging of Britain
A Great and Terrible King: Edward I and the Forging of Britain
by Marc Morris
Edition: Paperback
Price: £6.29

11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Extremely readable and thoroughly interesting, 25 Nov 2009
Verified Purchase(What is this?)
Marc Morris has that rare ability of being able to portray detailed historical facts whilst maintaining a gripping narrative storyline. This book is therefore a good read irrespective of the readers interest in history.

I agree with the reviewer who said that this book contains several stories in one, with each era of Edwards life offering enough material to be a fantastic book in its own right. The hardest part of creating this book must have been in deciding what to include and what to leave out as every page leads you excitedly onto the next.

I can understand why a great many people would resent the word "great" being used in context with this English king. His insatiable appetite for land and unjust treatment of the Scots, the Welsh, the Irish and the Jews prevent Edward from winning a popular monarch contest but he was a man of his age and cannot be fairly compared to tyrants of the modern era. Indeed, he successfully fought off a far greater xenophobe in the form of Simon De Montford.

This book represents a truley facinating part of British history that anyone with an interest in the development of English, Scottish, Irish or Welsh history must read.


Field Commander (PSP)
Field Commander (PSP)
Offered by AllGoodDealz
Price: £19.89

3.0 out of 5 stars All over a bit too soon, 11 Sep 2009
= Fun:3.0 out of 5 stars 
This review is from: Field Commander (PSP) (Video Game)
This game looked promising but didn't live up to expectations. Although the graphics are obviously better than the Advance Wars series on the Nintendo, the gameplay fell far short of the Advance Wars benchmark. If Advance Wars were a game of chess then Field Commander would be chequers. This game is a bit like that Lilly Allen song, it makes the right noises but is all over a bit too soon.


Millennium: The End of the World and the Forging of Christendom
Millennium: The End of the World and the Forging of Christendom
by Tom Holland
Edition: Paperback
Price: £9.09

1 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An Excellent Book by a First Rate Author, 25 Aug 2009
Verified Purchase(What is this?)
The subject area Tom Holland has chosen for his latest offering is vast and he has clearly made a great effort in weaving the many facets of this book together. Whilst Tom Holland's ability as a writer remains strong, the subject area of Millenium is less concise and compelling than that of Rubicon or Persian Fire which has understandably dissapointed some readers. Having said this, Millenium is still an excellent work and Tom Holland's reputaion as a great author remains in tact.


Family Court HELL
Family Court HELL
by Mark Harris
Edition: Paperback
Price: £8.99

8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A brave man, 3 July 2009
Verified Purchase(What is this?)
This review is from: Family Court HELL (Paperback)
The most shocking thing about this book is the probability that it is entirely true. There is a common misconception amongst those with no knowledge of the English legal system that it exists to serve the interests of justice. Whilst legislation may be drafted with good intentions the adversarial system does nothing to help divorcing parents. On the contrary, lawyers have a vested interest in stirring things up and prolonging the antagonism. The Judges who assist them in this cruel game are merely their old lawyer colleagues enjoying a last taste of the gravey train before retirement. Judges have a good enough education to realise that the imbalance of power created by their own judicial prescident is bound to create injustice and become exploited by ruthless mothers. I cannot speak highly enough of the brave men who dared to take on this system. The cost to Mr Harris and his children was immeasurable and I would urge that all law students read his book if they want to see the true face of family law!
Comment Comment (1) | Permalink | Most recent comment: Nov 16, 2010 4:17 PM GMT


Transmitter Charger for iphone iPod MP3 Player Car Cigar Socket
Transmitter Charger for iphone iPod MP3 Player Car Cigar Socket

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Cheap but not cheerful, 17 Jun 2009
I bought this about 8 months ago and it has never worked properly. It kept switching itself off causing immense frustration and the urge to fiddle about with it whilst driving. The holder didn't work too well either and the ipod often slipped out dangling from it's cord, rattling about until I could adjust it at the traffic lights only to be beeped when the lights changed to green. In the end, I simply threw this rubbish in the bin where it belongs.


iDect X1 Twin Digital Cordless Telephone - Black
iDect X1 Twin Digital Cordless Telephone - Black

1.0 out of 5 stars False Economy, 1 Jun 2009
I bought this phone from Curry's and it didn't last the year. I would strongly recommend paying the extra and buying the Panasonic from Amazon. I wouldn't even give this phone a single star (if the review criteria didn't demand it) as the phone I had wasn't worth the cheap plastic chosen to make it.


Page: 1 | 2 | 3