Profile for Matt Pearson > Reviews

Personal Profile

Content by Matt Pearson
Top Reviewer Ranking: 1,030,881
Helpful Votes: 44

Learn more about Your Profile.

Reviews Written by
Matt Pearson "kejoxen"

Show:  
Page: 1
pixel
Godzilla: Half Century War
Godzilla: Half Century War
Price: 4.35

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Two stars for the kindle version, the art and writing are great., 18 Jun 2014
Verified Purchase(What is this?)
I'm making the transition to digital comics and stuff like this makes me second guess that decision. The kindle edition of this book is the same standard as a low res torrent and the white gutters are visible top and bottom.

This is a case of must try harder!


Incompetence (GOLLANCZ S.F.)
Incompetence (GOLLANCZ S.F.)
by Rob Grant
Edition: Hardcover
Price: 8.98

3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Short and bitter-sweet, 22 Jan 2004
If you’re partial to a good detective story preferably a comic one, then Rob Grant’s Incompetence is no exception. The lead character Harry Salt, Harry Tequila, Harry Lime or my favourite pseudonym Cardew Vascular is compelling and likable. A cross between Michael Caine’s take on Harry Palmer and Douglas Adams’ Dirk Gently. Using first person narrative Grant combines gritty noir, political satire with a pinch of sci-fi adeptly to produce a skilful comic novel.
However its fast pace together with its short length leaves you somewhat disappointed at the conclusion. On about the two-hundreth page our hero is on his way to investigate his second lead. A few physical encounters, a plot explanation and a James Bond death trap later and that’s it. At its actual end the book could have gone on for at least another fifty or sixty pages. Too many loose ends and it’s left irritatingly open to a sequel. I turned the final page expecting to see THE END??? In bold type.
While a second novel would be more than welcome most writers seem to be able to follow up their books while still actually finishing the last one. It gives the impression that his publisher phoned him up at page two-fifty with an ultimatum or Grant got bored and decided to get on with writing Colony II instead.
When or indeed if Rob Grant writes a sequel it's more than likely the two books will sit well together and warrant infinite rereads however incompetence by itself is simply to brief and cut short.
It is not my intention to dissuade you from actually picking up this book and reading it though it will be worth your time and besides it will take up little of it.


V for Vendetta
V for Vendetta
by Alan Moore
Edition: Paperback

5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Recognisable Moore, 25 April 2003
This review is from: V for Vendetta (Paperback)
V is for vendetta is, as you would expect from Alan Moore a superbly scripted work of genius. Written over almost a decade Moore manages to capture exactly to mood of an alternative yet strangely familiar England. Almost a Sweenyesque (the men get drunk and the women get slapped around) take on the Orwellian 1984 control culture it is thoroughly enjoyable I didn’t want to put it down.
V is a vigilante murdering the people who put him away in a concentration camp when the government was over run by fascists. The year is now 1998 and the police are faced with solving the murders. The story stays with V and a girl he befriends for a few pages the swing back to what is happening with the police. It never slows down and the fact that its slightly dated now (as the future it predicted was supposed to happen 5 years ago) just ads to the creepy feeling of the book, like actions taking place could’ve existed in some mirror universe somewhere. A must for any Alan Moore fan or new comer.


Broken Angels (GOLLANCZ S.F.)
Broken Angels (GOLLANCZ S.F.)
by Richard Morgan
Edition: Paperback
Price: 10.18

35 of 36 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars can't wait for another one, 12 April 2003
I hate to admit to being shallow but I did only by Richard Morgan's first book because of the shinny cover and here the old cliché turns out to be completely wrong.
I loved Altered Carbon and when I found out that a sequel was on the shelves I ran to the computer and got it. Like the last book this one gets you right from the off and refuses to let go. Set in a future where body swapping is an every day occurrence and you can only truly die if your cortical backup (called a stack, located just under the skull) is destroyed.
Takeshi Kovacs thirty years older since we last saw him, has a new body an is working as a mercenary in a political war on sanction IV. Wounded and in hospital he is offered the chance to get away from the fighting and go on a archaeological dig in the fallout radius of nuclear explosion and for personal reasons he accepts.
From here Morgan goes in to great detail about the lost civilisation found on Mars and how humans spread out in to the universe (something that was glossed over in the first book). It is a different style than Altered Carbon but still written in the first person, less a detective noir and more a political/corporate/military thriller it is never the less intriguing to read about how human civilisation has changed very little in 500 years.
The technology is described extremely proficiently and at no point does anything seem implausible and besides the book is more about the characters than the gadgets. The interactions between the various characters are expertly written (Morgan has a great ear for dialogue), its unsettlingly fascinating to read about them all slowly dying of terminal radiation exposure as they unearth secrets of an alien technology.
The only let down is towards the end of the book the story seems to descend in to extreme violence for little reason but this is salvaged by the excellent final chapter which puts a twist on all of Kovacs’ motivations.
With chapter as gripping as the last, Morgan doesn’t let you stop for breath and its true to say that is I didn’t have to go to work I would have sat there and read the whole thing from cover to cover in one go. I can't wait for a third instalment I need to know what will happen to Takeshi and you will too.


Total Revolution: the Complete Adventure
Total Revolution: the Complete Adventure

5.0 out of 5 stars Kejoxen, 29 Jun 2001
In the gaming world as it stands there are very few companies that can boast actual fans, Revolution is one of these companies. I've brought every one of their games since Beneath a Steel Sky on the Amiga, I have never been disappointed. if you love adventure games then I recommend all four titles here. These games have excellent story lines, plots and characters which equal Lucasarts at their best. Once you get these get In Cold Blood too, better than watching the World is Not Enough, John Cord is the next James Bond.


Page: 1