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Pro Evolution Soccer 2008 (Xbox 360)
Pro Evolution Soccer 2008 (Xbox 360)
Offered by Games World Inc
Price: £2.85

1.0 out of 5 stars Throws the form book out the window, 15 April 2008
Brilliant playability, bleeding-edge graphics and slick presentation. These are just three areas in which PES 2008 fails so dismally that when I first played it my first instinct was to eject the disk, put it back in the case, wrap it in razor wire, lock the case in a impenetrable concrete sarcophagus, bury it in my garden then set fire to my garden and cover it in landmines, just so I didn't accidently play it again.


The Mind of God: Science and the Search for Ultimate Meaning (Penguin Press Science)
The Mind of God: Science and the Search for Ultimate Meaning (Penguin Press Science)
by Paul Davies
Edition: Paperback
Price: £9.99

7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Argument by lack of imagination?, 17 April 2007
This book is the intellectual equivalent of those training scenes from Rocky IV, where Sylvester Stallone prepares to fight the steroid-pumped Russian guy by running up vertical mountains, lifting granite boulders and doing one finger press ups. By the time you reach the last page you brain will be like a piece of iron, ready to tackle the toughest mysteries the universe can throw at you.

The regime covers physics, metaphysics, logic and God, among much else, and covers these subjects with such merciless curiosity that it'll make your brain glow.

If I had one complaint, and I do, it would be that The Mind of God keeps regressing to determine the cause of everything until Davies inevitably gives up, and then surrenders to possible spiritual or supernatural explanations.

However this 'God of gaps' position is certainly profitable. Davies won the Templeton Prize for his books, worth almost 1.5 million US dollars, an award given to scientists who "expand human perceptions of divinity and to help in the acceleration of divine creativity". The prize has been criticised by Richard Dawkins, heavyweight champion of reason and rationality, as, "a very large sum of money given [...] usually to a scientist who is prepared to say something nice about religion".


Joel on Software: And on Diverse and Occasionally Related Matters That Will Prove of Interest to Software Developers, Designers, and Managers, and to ... or Ill-Luck, Work with Them in Some Capacity
Joel on Software: And on Diverse and Occasionally Related Matters That Will Prove of Interest to Software Developers, Designers, and Managers, and to ... or Ill-Luck, Work with Them in Some Capacity
by Avram Joel Spolsky
Edition: Paperback
Price: £19.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Thanks Joel, 17 Aug. 2006
Crammed with brilliant insights explained so clearly that even your manager might understand them. Why aren't there more software books like this?


MCTS Self-Paced Training Kit (Exam 70-536): Microsoft® .NET Framework 2.0 - Application Development Foundation (Pro-Developer)
MCTS Self-Paced Training Kit (Exam 70-536): Microsoft® .NET Framework 2.0 - Application Development Foundation (Pro-Developer)
by Tony Northrup
Edition: Hardcover

15 of 17 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars A bit disappointing, 25 Jun. 2006
I was really looking forward to getting through this book so I can take the new MCTS 70-536 exam, but unfortunately it's not quite as good as I'd hoped.

The explanations and examples are a bit dull, even for an exam guide, and there are a few obvious mistakes which could easily confuse .NET newbies.

The code examples are given in both VB.NET and C# which is annoying, regardless of which language you use.

Hopefully it covers all the material you'll need to pass the exam, but I wish I'd waited for Amit Kalani's book on the same subject because his previous .NET exam guides were excellent.


Everybody's Golf (PSP)
Everybody's Golf (PSP)
Offered by TheGamery
Price: £6.33

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Addictive golf mayhem, 3 Jan. 2006
Superb gameplay, cute graphics and soothing background melodies make this game extremely difficult to put down. There's plenty to keep you hooked as you progress through the tournaments. New players will give you different playing abilities, and you'll be able to customise them by winning funky new outfits and accessories. With six courses available in all, that's... erm, a hundred or so holes to keep you busy. Much more fun than a long walk in the rain carrying a heavy bag. Great stuff!


Van Helsing (2004) Single Disc Edition [DVD]
Van Helsing (2004) Single Disc Edition [DVD]
Dvd ~ Hugh Jackman
Offered by Qoolist
Price: £0.94

4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Bodice-ripping antics, 8 Jan. 2005
If, like me, you enjoy nothing more than picking holes in bland Hollywood action films, then you'll love this. This movie is all about raw, computer generated, leave-you-brain-at-the-door *action*.
The characters have no background or depth, you won't really care what happens. So, sit back, relax, and marvel at the superbly computer-generated monsters. Stare in wonder at Kate Beckinsale's bodice-ripping antics and continuity-proof hair. Spot the character who was lifted, shamelessly, straight from a Bond film. Above all, don't take it all too seriously, you might even enjoy it.


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