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Critical Failures III (Caverns and Creatures Book 3)
Critical Failures III (Caverns and Creatures Book 3)
Price: £3.56

5.0 out of 5 stars Everything you would expect from this series, if anything ..., 31 Dec. 2014
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Everything you would expect from this series, if anything even more so. An early incident involving a van going over a bump in the road made me laugh, gasp and wince simultaneously. Robert Bevan is a man with a delightfully twisted sense of humour.


BIRUGEAR Heavy Duty Dual Layer Protective Case w/ Kick-Stand and Screen Protector, Stylus for Samsung Galaxy Note 4 - Black
BIRUGEAR Heavy Duty Dual Layer Protective Case w/ Kick-Stand and Screen Protector, Stylus for Samsung Galaxy Note 4 - Black

4.0 out of 5 stars ... how to fit and to start with it felt like there was no way to remove the outer silicon ..., 31 Dec. 2014
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When you first receive this there are no instructions as to how to fit and to start with it felt like there was no way to remove the outer silicon case from the hard plastic inner shell which would have meant there was no way to get the phone into the case. However after playing about for a bit I discovered the outer silicon does peel away quite easily once you realise it's hooked inside a 'rim' in the inner case. Once removed, the front rim of the inner plastic case splits off allowing you to easily put the phone inside.

Now it's in there it feels very safe.

I have removed a star as so far using only my fingers I have found no way to pull the kickstand out which is far too locked in place.


Eformart Convenient 2.4G Optical Cordless USB Wireless Mouse Mice for Laptop/PC Computer with Tiny Receiver Red
Eformart Convenient 2.4G Optical Cordless USB Wireless Mouse Mice for Laptop/PC Computer with Tiny Receiver Red
Offered by accmart
Price: £2.68

5.0 out of 5 stars Doesnt work on all surfaces equally well (not great on train tables) but just resting on your leg ..., 25 Nov. 2014
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Worked exactly as hoped. Plug in the tiny USB dongle and it connects instantly. Doesnt work on all surfaces equally well (not great on train tables) but just resting on your leg and moving worked as well as on a mousemat. For the price can't really fault.


Critical Failures (Caverns and Creatures Book 1)
Critical Failures (Caverns and Creatures Book 1)
Price: £3.51

5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic central idea, 10 July 2014
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Fantastic central idea, delivered without any compromise for younger readers (the humour, language, and often the main characters, are absolutely filthy and the book is all the better for taking the adult approach).
I genuinely laughed aloud many times reading this book (even more so in the sequel).

And you will never think about a simple spell such as "Summon horse" the same way ever again.


Critical Failures II (Caverns and Creatures Book 2)
Critical Failures II (Caverns and Creatures Book 2)
Price: £3.61

5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastically funny book. I love this series - it takes ..., 10 July 2014
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Fantastically funny book. I love this series - it takes an extreme premise and then follows each situation to its horribly logical (and thus extremely amusing) conclusion. One sequence involving a half-orc, a masterwork stake, and a vampire is one of the funniest things I have ever read.
Warning - each book contains more bodily fluids than an A&E department on a Saturday night.


The Ancients
The Ancients
Price: £1.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Proving fantasy can be continually reinvented, 25 Mar. 2014
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This review is from: The Ancients (Kindle Edition)
An intriguing premise in which multiple mysteries are implied leads to an increasingly epic scope.
it is difficult in the fantasy genre (with its reliance on 'magic') to surprise the reader as, in theory, anything is possible. The strength of this book (as with all the best SF/Fantasy) is to set up an internal logic and then surprise the reader within the world's own rules.
Moments such as an exploration of how high the sky might be lead to intriguing and often unsettling puzzles which the main characters must solve.
It's hard to say more without giving away some of the more interesting plot twists.
Overall this is a book that will keep you guessing and does something different with the genre that genuinely works.


Olympus Has Fallen
Olympus Has Fallen
Dvd
Price: £0.00

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2.0 out of 5 stars Pale shadow of Die Hard, 5 Mar. 2014
This review is from: Olympus Has Fallen (Blu-ray)
Die Hard is an excellent film.

I say that because watching Olympus Has Fallen just made me think repeatedly how great a film Die Hard is.
OHF doesn't just emulate the overall style, but actually wholesale steals multiple scenes/situations from Die Hard and then does them worse.

The actual taking of the White house was pretty well done and you're watching it thinking that sort of might work (assuming every single Secret Service agent decided to behave as suicidally stupid as in the film). It was an exciting and brutal sequence. And the other thing I liked was that they were going for a more adult and hard-hitting tone which suits the subject.

But everythng else... meh.
Situations are set up then discarded, some characters are introduced then just ignored and sometimes tension is generated and then allowed to instantly drain off the screen without development.

There is also a supposed twist to what the terrorists intend with 'Hydra' that I had assumed was their plan for the start. Everyone looks all shocked when the plan is revealed, but it's plot-breakingly ridiculous that none of the characters/agencies in the film would have predicted this possibilty.

Would have got three stars but I am deducting a star for the most vomit-inducingly cheesy and pointless speech at the end.


Hatchet Job: Love Movies, Hate Critics
Hatchet Job: Love Movies, Hate Critics
Price: £4.40

16 of 35 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Five stars because I like Mark Kermode, 10 Oct. 2013
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I have bought this book. I haven't read it yet (like 'Graham Chapman') but I am giving it 5 stars because
A) I Like Mark Kermode, have read his previous books and think he is currently the UK's premiere film reviewer
B) It will counteract Graham Chapman's uninformed and rather irrelevant review (for exactly the same but opposing reasons - ie his review said absolutely nothing about the actual content of the book leading me to believe he has not read it)
C) I believe this will demonstrate exactly the point of this book, which is really quite an important message about today's media reviewing culture

Buy this book, read it and appreciate it. I certainly intend to.
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MPERO IMPACT X Series Kickstand Case for Samsung Galaxy S4 Active - Black
MPERO IMPACT X Series Kickstand Case for Samsung Galaxy S4 Active - Black

5.0 out of 5 stars Can't fault this case, 16 Sept. 2013
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This case does everything I expected perfectly.
It fits really snugly, but was not tricky to put on (due to changing SD cards a few times I ended up having to take this cover on and off several times the first day I bought it, and didn't have any difficulty at all).

It consists of a silicone case that wraps round the phone and then a tough plastic shell (which has the kickstand) which snaps onto it. It fits my S4 Active perfectly and allows full access to all the ports (and the speaker). The IR blaster still works too so you can continue to use it as a remote control.
The volume and power buttons are concealed under button 'bumps' on the silicone case, but work exactly as before.

The kickstand is great - it folds completely flat when not in use, and when required easily flicks out and has a lever to lock it into place - you can then easily watch it propped up landscape or portrait - in both instances I found the angle very good.

Overall when the cover is fitted the phone feels a hundred times more safe and secure (without a case the excellent S4 active does feel a little less 'sturdy' than some phones). I bought this phone to be waterproof and shock resistant - it's already waterproof and with this case it now feels shockproof too.

Tiny issues:
The only slight downsides (which I see as pretty much unavoidable with a case such as this, but worth mentioning):
- Due to the thickness of the case the angle for the IR blaster is slightly reduced, so to remote control the TV you have to point a little more directly at the area of the TV where the IR receiver is
- The case thickness means that pressing the three main buttons on the front needs to be done at a slightly different angle, but it's not a big problem (and necessary as it provides a good protective raised rim at the front of the screen so if you drop the phone the glass should be protected)


Game of Thrones - Season 1-2 Complete [Blu-ray] [2013] [Region Free]
Game of Thrones - Season 1-2 Complete [Blu-ray] [2013] [Region Free]
Dvd ~ Sean Bean
Price: £51.97

5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic series and Blu Ray, 12 Jun. 2013
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Aside from the sheer brilliance of the series itself, this Blu ray shows what Blu Ray is capable of when produced by people who care.

There is an option while watching to be able to select information on the characters, location and background story (which is scene specific) - for a world as complex and detailed as the one in Game of thrones this is a fantastic addition. Also I love the fact that it only opens up information and stories when appropriate, so you learn about the backgrounds and characters logically in conjunction with the events occurring in the series (although I believe there is the option to open it all up if you so wish).

And it plays fine on the playstation 3.


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