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The Kennedy Conspiracy: 12 Startling Revelations About the JFK Assassination
The Kennedy Conspiracy: 12 Startling Revelations About the JFK Assassination
Price: 2.05

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Refreshingly Different, 23 Mar 2013
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If you're like me then you've read loads of JFK books, almost all of them dealing with the assassination in a similar way: going through the day itself; Oswald's death; Oswald's history; the suspects in a likely conspiracy; the Warren Report etc. This book is different. Instead of the above it simply gives you 12 stories of people that had some connection to the assassination, and what they saw and experienced. It's been a while since I read something on the case that genuinely sent a chill down my spine, but this book has quite a few. Even though it doesn't deal with the whole 'rabbit hole' of the JFK assassination, in a unique way it offers huge insight. It's also gratifying to hear whole stories from people such as Ed Hoffman, whom up until now I'd only read tidbits from in other books.

To clarify, if you're new to the case, you're far better off getting one of the many other books that go through everything. If you already know anything from the basics, to a lot, then Bill Sloane's book may give you many surprising insights that even a jaded reader may raise an eyebrow at.

The Devil's Star: A Harry Hole thriller (Oslo Sequence 3)
The Devil's Star: A Harry Hole thriller (Oslo Sequence 3)
Price: 3.49

4.0 out of 5 stars So close to perfection, 26 Aug 2012
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Arrrrrghhhhhhhhhhhh!!!! Oh, Jo... Why do you taunt me so?

Firstly, let me say I've read the trilogy (Redbreast - please start with this-, Nemesis and this, the Devil's Star) and can happily tell you Jo Nesbo is one of the best crime writers I've ever read. His plots are intricate, stuffed full of clever misdirection and red-herrings, and provocatively wrench your emotions up through your gut and out your mouth through clenched teeth, while also managing to give you a central character, who even though an apparent cliche (alcoholic, maverick cop struggling to hold onto personal relationships, yawn...) still comes across as compelling and fresh.

But, perhaps even more impressive is Nesbo's creation of , for my money, the best villain in crime fiction I've read for a decade.

So why only the 4 stars?

Quite simply, Nesbo, continually sets up situations for several characters, and puts them through some awful experiences, which make the reader want to reach through the pages and comfort them, hold on tight and say, it will be alright. Many of these relating to the aforementioned villain. This takes real skill. However, you expect them to be resolved, not necessarily in some awful happily-ever-after way, but to have some kind of catharsis or even have a simple conversation about it. But it never comes. And, in a way the end of this book, and the trilogy, emphasises this. Harry resolves a 3-book 'issue' that has been an obsession, and there was no real revelations with a particular character, and no reflections on the pain and loss of the driving force behind it. In short, you're left sitting at emotional station waiting for the character train to come. But it never does.

So, to conclude, If all you require of your crime thrillers is great plots and characters then you'll be in heaven. But, If like me you want the same wonderful characters to communicate and actually confront their issues and the horrible things they've been through, you'll leave these books feeling exhilarated, but a little empty.

Mass Effect 3: N7 Collector's Edition (Xbox 360)
Mass Effect 3: N7 Collector's Edition (Xbox 360)

2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Staggering disappointment, 4 April 2012
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I loved the first 2 Mass Effect games and played them to death. I was so excited about the culmination to my beloved series. Alas, for whatever reason, Bioware totally lost the plot with ME3.

There are some good points: The characters are great, upgrades are better, and the combat environment are more varied but...

The Bad: Auto-dialogue - You get much less choice in what Shepard says, and get those choices much less often, replaced by cut-scenes that have you evoking MGS4 levels of disengagement. Lip-syncing, animation and backgrounds vary from okay to atrocious. People on the Citadel are waxworks that don't move or eve breathe. Squadmates become completely unresponsive in combat, and wont go to waypoints, that is when the game allows you place them. There are no hub-world, no exploration and no vehicles. Side-missions are reduced to multiplayer maps with wave combat and ridiculous eavesdropping fetch quests, that are as patronising as they are stupid. And a journal that doesn't update, leaving you running around, clueless, as to who your delivering something to.
And the biggie: The consequences - huge or small - based on your past actions and decisions are basically ignored or rendered pointless. Killed the council? Doesn't matter. Saved the Rachni Queen? Doesn't matter? kept the Collector Base? Doesn't m- you get the idea.

The End: Yes, it really is as bad as you have been led to believe. An ending that is insulting to not just the fans, the characters, but to the name of Mass Effect. It essentially takes all your choices and all your free will and sets fire to it. It destroys lore, contradicts the themes over the series, and renders everything you've striven for into a choice of 3 flavours of the same ending. Even worse is that someone who had never played the previous 2 games can get all the same 'endings' as someone who devoted 100s of hours into the series.

Summary: Taken as a one -off game ME3 is a good, emotional, occasionally brilliant though flawed game. But taken in context with all that has passed before it, all the promises Bioware made, ME3 is a sad, sorry disappointment

Ninja Gaiden (Xbox)
Ninja Gaiden (Xbox)
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5 of 21 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Tough? Try deliberately infuriating., 26 May 2004
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Completely agree with smartiepants 70. I heard about the toughness of this before i bought it, but my God! Now, i've been playing games for roughly 15 years and consider myself an above-average player who completes the majority of games i play. And yes, i do enjoy a challenge. But there is a differnce between a game that challenges you, that makes you think, that makes you a little frustrated - and something that is just so blatently uncompromising and bloody-minded as ninja gaiden is.
I havn't even made it past the 1st boss yet! I know given vast amounts of practice and patience i could overcome him, but if this is the 1st boss i shudder to think of how mindnumbingly hard and frustrating the game becomes after this. I just feel games should be about enjoyment, and this certainly isn't enjoyable.
I know, you're thinking :"you can't badmouth a game just 'cause you're crap at it!" But believe me, this game just takes the piss. There is no getting to grips with the controls, no learning curve. You are just dropped straight in the deep-end. The 1st boss is tougher than the final boss's on many games. Surely they could have eased you in, given some easier difficulty levels, or provided some sensible save-points - but, no!
And it really is a shame, because the graphics are beautiful, the movement of your character a dream, and i'm sure there is huge depth in the amount of combo-moves you can pull off. But the combintion of the difficulty and the appalling camera just make you want to destroy your joypad, your xbox, your room and everthing in your vecinity.
Ultimately in today's world everything is made as accessible as possible (as it should be), and there is simply no excuse for a game which scant few players will ever see the end of.

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