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Live Free or Die (Troy Rising Book 1)
Live Free or Die (Troy Rising Book 1)
Price: £4.45

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Misogynist trash from a usually decent author, 22 Sep 2014
I've read a fair few John Ringo books such as March Upcountry, so I thought I knew what I was getting and went in expecting a bit of a gee-whiz wish sci-fi romp. This book was a major disappointment by combining unrelenting polemics with absolutely vile misogyny.

The plot of this book centers around first contact with an alien race, earth's conquest and then the discovery that there is an earth substance that the aliens desire. Frankly this basic plot was already covered in detail by Harry Turtledove's Colonization books, and wasn't a great subplot then. Unfortunately John Ringo festoons this weak premise with heapings of right wing libertarian propaganda that would have made the great Heinlein blush.

To add insult to injury the book has virtually no intriguing female characters, usually portraying them as stereotypical harridans. Finally it goes too far as in the last few pages of the book Ringo adds a twist which I think he intended to be light hearted, but which essentially equates to him describing a situation that would lead to massive amounts of rape for teenage girls and made my stomach turn. I actually threw this book in the trash when it was done. Absolutely vile and Ringo should be ashamed.

Samsung BD-E5500 3D Blu-ray Player with Smart Hub (Old model)
Samsung BD-E5500 3D Blu-ray Player with Smart Hub (Old model)
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Price: £84.99

22 of 25 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Synergies with Samsung T.V., 18 May 2012
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I am very pleased with this BluRay player. It quickly and quietly plays back in 2 and 3d. In addition because I already own a Samsung 6 series T.V. I was able to use my existing remote control with no additional setup to cut down on clutter. I'd warn however that the power cable is quite short, perhaps only .6 M.

Rivers of London (PC Peter Grant Book Book 1)
Rivers of London (PC Peter Grant Book Book 1)
Price: £5.31

3 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars excellent, 13 Feb 2011
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This novel is excellent. In particular the descriptions of London are spot on as of late 2010, though it will be interesting to see if this level of detail causes the book to age poorly. In a strange way this book reminded me of Carnacki the ghost finder. I won't go on very long, as this book has been reviewed in great detail already, but if you enjoy police procedurals and Harry Potter then I would thoroughly recommend this book.

Red Dead Redemption Original Soundtrack
Red Dead Redemption Original Soundtrack
Price: £7.49

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic, 12 Jan 2011
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The soundtrack to Red Dead Redemption does an excellent job of:

1. Expanding the sparse sounds present in the game into fully fleshed out instrumental versions without losing the flavour of its source material.

2. Contains all of the music from the game. This is much rarer than one would imagine, and I would have been sorely disappointed if any of the vocal tracks had been missing.

When you listen to this soundtrack you will be transported back to your gaming experience, but much of the music on display would easily stand on its own.
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Zombie Britannica
Zombie Britannica
by Thomas Emson
Edition: Paperback
Price: £7.23

25 of 30 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Bad, Bad, Bad, Bad Zombie Book, 7 Nov 2010
This review is from: Zombie Britannica (Paperback)
Like many I live in the U.K. and thought that reading a zombie novel set in the U.K. would be...novel. Unfortunately this reads like something written by someone that has:

1. Never visited the U.K.
2. Has only a tourist map.
3. Has no experience of the U.K. outside of watching Jeremy Kyle.

If you love insulting stereotypes, if you believe that hoodies would be murdering people for fun 20 minutes after the start of a zombie outbreak, if you have read every other zombie novel ever written then please go ahead and read this book. Otherwise I would suggest that you stay away.

As far as the plot goes:

1. Multiple perspectives from several survivors spread across Britain (England, Scotland and Wales) who are related in some way.
2. The dead rise.
3. People open doors to impregnable castles multiple times.
4. No one has a shred of common sense.
5. Almost everyone dies.
6. the end
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Deadhouse Gates (Book 2 of The Malazan Book of the Fallen)
Deadhouse Gates (Book 2 of The Malazan Book of the Fallen)
by Steven Erikson
Edition: Mass Market Paperback
Price: £6.99

2 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Long but worth it, 4 Jan 2009
If you like your fantasy black and white, then this series/book is NOT for you. If you are a fan of Dan Abnett, Terry Pratchett, Robert Jordan or Terry Goodkind then I would suggest that you steer clear of this book.

That said; as several other reviewers pointed out, this series is quite unique in not presenting any faction heroically or villanously, with characters from various parts of the narrative in direct political opposition for entirely understandable reasons.

This book also does a good job of using a number of minor characters to bridge the gap between the first and second books, and while there is considerable new information about the background of the world in this book, it is an extension of things hinted at in the first book. It feels like you get this new knowledge organically and not through exposition.

I particularily enjoy that the series presents magic (divine and arcane) as powerful, but not to such an extent that it mocks the efforts of non-magic users.

The only reason that I am not going to rate this book a 5, is that I felt that a particular appearance to deliver vital supplies to various plot strands (I can't say much more without spoiling the book badly) smacked of blatant deus ex machina.

I would also like to warn all people that buy this book, that the Third book in the series is "Memories of Ice" and NOT "House of Chains" as shown on the inside cover of the latest printing of "Deadhouse Gates".

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