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McAfee Total Protection 2014 - 1 User -1 Year (PC)
McAfee Total Protection 2014 - 1 User -1 Year (PC)

4.0 out of 5 stars Good stuff, 3 Feb. 2015
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I've been using this for a while, now, and I really can't complain. Easy to set up and easy to understand. Not bad at all!


McAfee Internet Security Dual Protection for MAC and Windows 2014 - 1 User (PC/Mac)
McAfee Internet Security Dual Protection for MAC and Windows 2014 - 1 User (PC/Mac)

4.0 out of 5 stars Just as described..., 16 July 2014
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Unfortunately, there's a lot of packaging for what amounts to a card with a code number on it (no physical media, here, so you will need to be connected to the internet from the get-go), but really easy to install and use. As you would expect, by now, from McAfee: this does exactly what it's supposed to


Snowblind
Snowblind
by Christopher Golden
Edition: Paperback
Price: £13.99

3.0 out of 5 stars Cold case, 25 May 2014
This review is from: Snowblind (Paperback)
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An interesting blend of genre's, this. I've read other things by Chris Golden, and he's always provided an easy read. Unfortunately, this isn't quite as polished as his other work. It isn't earth-shatteringly original, but neither is it dull; it perhaps just needed another draft, to tighten up scenes (particularly around the middle of the novel) and differentiate characters a little more. This could have been a slick little page turner, but turns out to be merely serviceable instead.


Dead Before Dawn [Blu-ray] [2013] [US Import]
Dead Before Dawn [Blu-ray] [2013] [US Import]

1.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely awful, 18 April 2014
I sat through this, mainly because a sort of car crash mentality set in early on. I spent most of the 84 minute running time wondering how on earth this got made? I can only imagine that this was by a first-time director, because I can't understand why she would be given a second chance. It's a bit like watching something made by Nickelodion employees, after they got wasted and watched Idle Hands (but nowhere near as interesting as that might sound). Avoid this. If you don't, please remember that I warned you...


Milius [DVD]
Milius [DVD]
Dvd ~ Joey Figueroa
Price: £12.49

4.0 out of 5 stars Man or Myth?, 9 Jan. 2014
This review is from: Milius [DVD] (DVD)
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This documentary takes a man who, on the face of it, doesn't sound like a particularly nice guy (a macho, right-wing gun-nut who wanted 'gold, women, and guns') and humanises him through the eyes of his contemporaries. Everyone involved seems fairly candid about both his contribution to some pretty iconic moments in cinema history, but also the automatic-pistol-waving bluster that led to his decline. This is the story of a man who deliberately set out to mythologise himself, and ultimately found that the myth he had created became a barrier to the sort of success that his friends (Lucas, Spielberg, Coppola, etc.) went on to enjoy. Interesting stuff.


The Scarlet Thief (Jack Lark)
The Scarlet Thief (Jack Lark)
by Paul Fraser Collard
Edition: Paperback

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent action., 5 Jan. 2014
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A thumping good yarn, full of action, character and style. This is the historical equivalent of a James Cameron movie: well structured, filled to the brim with bone-crunching battle scenes, but with enough room for the characters to take a breath, every once in a while, before the next thrilling bout of daring-do. The ending leaves you hungry for the next instalment, and you'll want to ride along with Jack Lark on further adventures.


Fade to Black: Book 1 of the Rojan Dizon Novels
Fade to Black: Book 1 of the Rojan Dizon Novels
by Francis Knight
Edition: Paperback
Price: £8.99

4.0 out of 5 stars Not somewhere that you'd want to visit in reality..., 5 Jan. 2014
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...but a pretty fun setting for the first novel of a series. The concept of the striated society inhabiting a vast towering city may not be too new, for people familiar with genre fiction (the 'hive cities' of the Warhammer 40K setting spring to mind, along with the megacities of Judge Dredd ) but Ms Knight grabs the concept by the throat and runs with it. The main character doesn't start out as a particularly nice guy, but dystopias tend to breed anti-heroes, and Mahala is no exception. Fade to Black is a great little sci-fi/noir/cyber-punk/fantasy mash-up that left me with the momentum to seek out the other volumes in the series.


City of Devils
City of Devils
by Diana Bretherick
Edition: Paperback
Price: £12.99

3.0 out of 5 stars A few more days with a red pen!, 5 Jan. 2014
This review is from: City of Devils (Paperback)
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I know this is a first novel, and I'm reticent to criticise the author too much; however, as other reviewers have already pointed out, Ms Bretherick can be too wordy for her own good. The description is sometimes painfully detailed, and can become somewhat distracting. With that said, if you have the patience to wade through the superfluous wordage, there's a decent little thriller under there, peopled with interesting characters. All that was missing, really, was a better editor to help the author streamline things a bit.


The Garden of Stones (Echoes of Empire)
The Garden of Stones (Echoes of Empire)
by Mark T. Barnes
Edition: Paperback
Price: £7.64

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Nice place to re-visit., 5 Jan. 2014
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For a first novel, this is really rather good. The world is coherent, the characters are consistent, and the plot rattles along at a decent pace. In fact, so much attention seems to have gone into the world-building, that I can't imagine that the author won't revisit the setting over and over, in future years. I'll probably be revisiting, too, as I had such fun the first time!


Grimm Fairy Tales Volume 1
Grimm Fairy Tales Volume 1
by Joe Tyler
Edition: Paperback
Price: £8.99

2 of 6 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Barely Tales..., 24 Aug. 2013
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This series sounded interesting - a Bettelheim-like deconstruction of fairy tales presented in comic book form. I took the plunge and bought the first couple of volumes. I wish I hadn't. Imagine a twelve-year-old, who's heard a couple of fairy tales, and then overhears a playground whisper that (shock) some of them may be metaphors! That twelve-year-old then runs home and writes some 'new' versions of those stories. His ten-year-old brother likes to draw, so our twelve-year-old lets him illustrate those stories. What the ten-year-old likes to draw most is boobs. This is the outcome of that fevered summer afternoon, sitting in the garden, writing 'sexy' fairy tales and drawing boobs. Badly. It's barely adolescent rubbish with terrible writing and awful art. Avoid.


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