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The Martian
The Martian
Price: £3.66

5.0 out of 5 stars Great book, 20 April 2015
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Really enjoyed it, being both scientific and entertaining. Recommend it. Give the book a go and you will love it.


Foxglove Summer (PC Peter Grant Book Book 5)
Foxglove Summer (PC Peter Grant Book Book 5)
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3.0 out of 5 stars Dull story but still enjoyable writing., 18 Jan. 2015
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Bad story, very dull... still enjoyable, thanks to the great writing and characters... just wish in this series the stories were better thought out.


The Man in the High Castle
The Man in the High Castle
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5.0 out of 5 stars With Amazon Prime producing top clever TV like this, then Prime is fast becoming my fav ..., 16 Jan. 2015
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Top TV show... With Amazon Prime producing top clever TV like this, then Prime is fast becoming my fav channel.


Guardians of the Galaxy Comics
Guardians of the Galaxy Comics

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars rip off dont get, 1 Aug. 2014
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complete con 11 pages of some front covers. amazon you should remove this as completly done to rip off customers.


BONUS BALL
BONUS BALL
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars, 14 July 2014
Really enjoyed... Wacky, fun and smart.


Console Wars: Sega Vs Nintendo - and the Battle that Defined a Generation
Console Wars: Sega Vs Nintendo - and the Battle that Defined a Generation
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great read not without its flaws, 14 Jun. 2014
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This charts Tom Kalinske career at Sega so from 1991 to 1996 and covering a golden period in gaming history, with the Megadrive, Saturn and Nintendos NES and SNES and N64. Then going into the rise of Sony and the Playstation. The book switches only occasionally to Nintendo and Sony, with almost all from Sega of Americas point of view.

Blake Harris reportedly interviewed 500 people at Sega and Nintendo for this book, but I suspect most were marketing guys and girls and most in Sega. For this book is essentally a marketing story, dont expect to meet the writers of the game beyond the tiniest mention and yet chapters on the latest Sega advert. This isnt a criticism just an observation upon its focus.

It is written in a novelised form, with dialogue to make you cringe, but Blake Hartis does a good job of making a dry topic a great read never the less through this style.

I pride myself on knowing quite a bit on the subject of video game history and this book is generally good and although the research is patchy (particuarly when discussing Nintendo) and the dialogue the characters speak are highly suspect and couldn't exist outside a Mills and Boon novel... still most events described it is accurate.

Also the book is very US centric to the point of Xenophobia, the Sega of Japan are portrayed as bumbling idiots and one time explained as all cowards unlike the Sega of Amerca who must all wear capes with S emblazed upon their chests such is there flawless and constant heroic decision making. I can't vouch either way personally how Sega of Japan were, but I strongly believe they were far better than this book portrays them. It basically reeks of egotistical people recounting a story where nostalgia and hindsight makes them all into flawless heroes.

The book has mistakes in it and the mistakes and ommissions seem bizarre until you realise that Blake has mostly interviewed the suits in marketing and so you are dealing with those peoples mistaken knowledge... examples such as Nintendo going from Hanafuda cards straight to electric console (missing the all important toys) , bizarre statements like Mario was built as a Joust clone, to unforgivable mistakes in the book like Mario Kart was the first game to shock the world with Mode 7... or Rare software chose the ZX Spectrum as it was the most powerful system available.

Reading the above you probably are wondering why I have given it four stars? Well despite its mistakes I thoroughly enjoyed reading it and for the most part the events described are very accurate and bang on (i would say 95% right), and when combined with a writer able to make the story both interesting and compelling.

At its heart its a David and Golliath story, with Sega thwarting the giant that was Nintendo. Treat the book as Hollywood war film blockbuster, that is expect it to have a slant from reality about the importance of America and to be willing to bend the truth and occasionally break it, all to ensure that the central story arc isn't diminished. Accept that as I did and you will find much to enjoy and love with this book.

I just hope Blake Harris considers releasing the transcripts of all his interviews as I would love to be able determine the reality from the Hollywood in the book.


Ark Royal
Ark Royal
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5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome sci fi book, 27 April 2014
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Couldn't put it down, best sci-fi book I have read for a long time, and I read a lot of Sci-Fi books.

I have eagerly started reading book two. Thanks again to the author for this brilliant book series.


8-Bit Christmas
8-Bit Christmas
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5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant 80 s nostalgia fuelled story, 26 Feb. 2014
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I never grew up in America and so find experience the NES drenched 80s. But I still found many fond memories growing up as a kid. Fun, heartfelt and well written. I cannot recommend this book highly enough.


The Time Traveller's Almanac: The Ultimate Treasury of Time Travel Fiction - Brought to You from the Future
The Time Traveller's Almanac: The Ultimate Treasury of Time Travel Fiction - Brought to You from the Future
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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Really Impressive Collection, 18 Dec. 2013
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I have always been facinated about stories involving time travel and so collect up books whenever I spot one. Consequently over the years I have amassed quite a collection myself of Time Travel related stories. I can catagorically say therefore that this (in my opinion) is the best collection of Time Travel books I have ever stumbled across and I wholeheartedly encourage anyone into Science Fiction to get this collection. What you will receive is a brilliant well thought out collection of the best time travel related stories..and each story has a great preface about the author who wrote it. Combine all this with an e-book with a proper table of contents and you have something difficult to beat.


Morgue Drawer for Rent (Morgue Drawer series Book 3)
Morgue Drawer for Rent (Morgue Drawer series Book 3)
Price: £3.98

4.0 out of 5 stars Nice continuation of series, 21 Nov. 2013
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Enjoyed the book. The story is not as engaging as the first two but I still thoroughly enjoyed having built a rapport with the main characters.


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