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Nineteen Eighty-Four
Nineteen Eighty-Four
Price: £4.72

4.0 out of 5 stars A deserved classic, 8 May 2014
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This has been one of the most influential and discussed books of the 20th century and understandably so. George Orwell ably characteristics many political and social trends which have since developed seen most clearly in his commentary on surveillance culture.

As a story the book is interesting but not unparalleled as the plot can feel dry at times due to its philosophical narrative. I don't want to spoil the story so won't elaborate except to say that it's worth reading whether you're an academic or simply wanting a good novel but those in the second group should not expect a thriller but rather a slow paced novel.


Carcassonne Board Game
Carcassonne Board Game
Offered by Gameseek
Price: £31.64

4.0 out of 5 stars Great strategy game, 30 April 2014
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I bought this game as alternative to Settlers of Catan and haven't been disappointed. It's principally a strategy game based on tile placement. 2-4 players can play and it takes around 45mins per game.

The game rules are fairly straightforward making it accessible to most people, more so than settlers. This has the added bonus that you don't need to spend ages explaining before you even play.

The price is slightly expensive in my opinion for what you get but overall it's worth a try for any strategy board game fans.


Long Walk To Freedom (Abacus 40th Anniversary)
Long Walk To Freedom (Abacus 40th Anniversary)
Price: £7.60

4.0 out of 5 stars An unparrelled account on apartheid, 13 April 2014
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A classic in its own right this book is a fascinating account of one of the most important figures in the 20th century. This biography is interesting both for its interpretation of the recent history of South Africa but also for the deep personal insights into the person of Mandela.

I read this book as an academic resource but it is written in such a readable way full of personal anecdotes that it's accessible to most readers. The biography covers all of Mandela 's life from childhood right through to his presidential inauguration tracing the development of his character and ideology. It gives a clear primary account of what role Mandela played in the forming of the Youth wing of the ANC, forming its policy throughout the 50s and 60s, and his experience in prison.

The only caviet I would give is that this is a long book which can feel slightly repetitive in certain chapters but if you want an authoritative account of Apartheid and Mandela this is certainly worth the time.


Mockingjay (Hunger Games Trilogy Book 3)
Mockingjay (Hunger Games Trilogy Book 3)
Price: £3.66

3.0 out of 5 stars A strange final book for such a good trilogy, 12 April 2014
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Following on from two great books this one seems to stick out a little oddly. Whilst the hunger games featured as central elements to the first two books defining the plotlines this final book follows the war between the district's and the capitol. Whilst I feel that the trilogy needed to develop as this one did, I don't think it was done smoothly or convincingly.

The book seeks to discuss the morality of war but this often feels shallow and contrived with rather fantastical solutions to military issues and jumps in the plot which are unnecessary. The various plot twists make it slightly more interesting but have unfortunately too many unanswered questions which divert from the main story.


Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning (Xbox 360)
Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning (Xbox 360)
Offered by Mayflower Stores
Price: £19.79

2.0 out of 5 stars Fun for a week, 13 Mar. 2014
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This game is a fairly lame duck of an rpg. It primarily involves hacking multiple enemies and doing numerous repetitive quests. The gameplay is fairly enjoyable but once you've done a few quests and developed your character it just loses its charm sadly. It's fun for a week, in other words I'd rent this game rather than buy it.


BioShock Infinite (Xbox 360)
BioShock Infinite (Xbox 360)
Offered by GAMES CONSOLES BARGAIN
Price: £9.49

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars What a sequel should be..., 13 Mar. 2014
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After the disappointing Bioshock 2 the franchise needed to redeem itself and this game does just that.

The gameplay is challenging enough to keep you engaged however it has limited replay value. The numerous character abilities you get lets you approach combat in a non linear way.

Visually the game graphics are good but it's main strength is the way that this airborne world feels. Just as in Bioshock 1 where you felt wholly immersed in an underwater kingdom, this version has you suspended thousands of feet in the air. You're able to use this to your advantage in combat hurling enemies of airships or falling to your death yourself. These visuals combined with the superb audio effects and soundtrack make this definitely worth the money.

The storyline is somewhat typically of such games with the main hero having to overcome an evil villain, that is until nearer the end when it develops unexpectedly though I won't spoil it. Sufficient to say it's a great plot though it does take too long to develop.


Invero® Slim Fit Leather Case Cover with Stand Feature for Amazon Kindle Fire HD 7" Inch 2013 2nd Generation Version - Includes Screen Protector & Stylish Stylus Pen (Black)
Invero® Slim Fit Leather Case Cover with Stand Feature for Amazon Kindle Fire HD 7" Inch 2013 2nd Generation Version - Includes Screen Protector & Stylish Stylus Pen (Black)
Offered by Invero
Price: £8.99

3.0 out of 5 stars Good price and decent case, 4 Mar. 2014
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You get what you pay for with this case. It's not going to be like the £30 ones but it protects the screen and makes it safe to carry. Problems which I found were that the headphones cable is blocked when the case is on resulting in me having to cut a hole in the case. Also you'll need to remove your kindle when charging as the case blocks with connector as well.

All in all, you get what you pay for which for me was good enough.


Fable Anniversary (Xbox 360)
Fable Anniversary (Xbox 360)
Price: £21.63

6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great trip down memory lane...but games have come a long way since this was made, 4 Mar. 2014
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Fable is a timeless classic with heaps of character. Whether it's being able to wield a frying pan as a legendary weapon, union jack underwear, strong scouse accents, or the numerous ridiculous outfits, this game is thoroughly enjoyable. However, for a game in 2014 the graphics are poor though it gets away with this. The biggest issues for me were the loading screen times, lack of quests, and no multiplayer functionality. These weren't game breakers - hence the 4 stars - but this game is one to be considered a classic, not one to compete with others in 2014.


Xbox 360 SmartGlass
Xbox 360 SmartGlass
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3.0 out of 5 stars Good idea but limited functionality, 4 Mar. 2014
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I downloaded this to get the fable achievement but probably wouldn't use it otherwise. It is an interesting idea being able to control your xbox from your phone or tablet but this is just unneccesary when you already have a controller.

In order for it to be useful it will need a considerable re-think.


Making Peace: The Inside Story of the Making of the Good Friday Agreement
Making Peace: The Inside Story of the Making of the Good Friday Agreement
by George Mitchell
Edition: Hardcover

4.0 out of 5 stars Good personal account, 29 Feb. 2012
G Mitchell's presents an interesting account of the peace process from the mid-90s till the Good Friday Agreement. His account is great for a light read and gives insight into the complexities of the Northern Irish conflict.

His account gives the reader a clear window into the difficulties in mediation especially the personal challenges and compromises that G. Mitchell had to make in order to ensure the success of the GFA.

Would recommend to anyone to read who is interested in having an introduction to the Good Friday Agreement or on mediation.


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