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Scrapyard Ship (Scrapyard Ship Series Book 1)
Scrapyard Ship (Scrapyard Ship Series Book 1)
Price: £3.15

3.0 out of 5 stars Very simplistic, 6 April 2014
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Having read the reviews, which ranged from great to real putdowns I went ahead and picked this up. Okay it's not Heinlein, or Shakespeare, but it'll fill a few hours of reading time. Yes, the plot is woefully thin, the characters stereotypes and I lost count of how many other stories had been borrowed from. The phase shift and jit replication... that is a pure cop out, allowing for any sort of escape or problem solving at the drop of a hat. That alone is very poor imagination and writing. But as said, it has a certain full bore simplicity and for the cost you can't really go wrong if you're looking for something to while away some time waiting for the next really good book to be published.


Clean
Clean
Price: £2.40

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5.0 out of 5 stars clean and clear!, 17 Aug 2013
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Okay - read a wary rescue, that was finally giving a good recommendation, and so went for it. Installed easy, ran easy and tidied up stuff l wasn't' aware needed sorting! Excellent!


Echo Burning: (Jack Reacher 5)
Echo Burning: (Jack Reacher 5)
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4.0 out of 5 stars Twists and turns., 12 Aug 2013
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Great stuff! A plot that leads you one way, then throws a complete curve ball at you. Excellent tension builder.


The Visitor: (Jack Reacher 4)
The Visitor: (Jack Reacher 4)
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4.0 out of 5 stars Convoluted,but a page turner, 8 Aug 2013
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Up against an almost perfect killer, Reacher has to pull out all the stops to solve this one! Powerfully chilling.


Magician's End (The Chaoswar Saga, Book 3)
Magician's End (The Chaoswar Saga, Book 3)
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4.0 out of 5 stars The circle turns..., 31 May 2013
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Exhausted but elated, the story is now complete and fans should feel just that. We've come one check of a way over the years, and the trip has been memorable. Great finish to a great saga. Thank you, Raymond, you've done us, and yourself, proud!


Icerigger
Icerigger
Price: £3.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Cool adventure classic, 5 Feb 2013
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This review is from: Icerigger (Kindle Edition)
This is the book l can read time and time again. Great story, superb characterisation, and rolls along at a nifty pace. Once started, it's tough to put down. You are quickly drawn into the lives of Ethan, Skua and the Tran who help them as they fight epic battles, traverse the icy wastes and try to survive long enough to get back to 'civilisation' ... Can be read on its own, but the rest of the trilogy make an unforgettable saga.


Poseidon's Arrow: Dirk Pitt #22 (Dirk Pitt 22)
Poseidon's Arrow: Dirk Pitt #22 (Dirk Pitt 22)
Price: £1.99

3.0 out of 5 stars Good stuff, but..., 13 Jan 2013
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Nice to see a new Dirk Pitt, but l found myself thinking"No, Don't stop for dinner, navy secrets are stake!" Just a little too predictable this time, a little too 'by the numbers', so good stuff, but not great...


The Human Blend (Tipping Point Trilogy)
The Human Blend (Tipping Point Trilogy)
by Alan Dean Foster
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £15.36

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4.0 out of 5 stars An interesting start..., 4 Jan 2011
Since the 'finalisation' (the fans do hope he may return there) of the Pip and Flinx saga - there has been a bit of a wait for this new series. It jumps right in and weaves the world around you as you progress. Set on a near future Earth, where global warming has re-drawn the landscape - we meet the main protagonist in the middle of a mugging. You know that things will go downhill, and they do, rapidly. From there builds a complex cat and mouse game, centred around an enigmatic storage thread, built from metal that should not exist, carrying data that cannot be retrieved and - more sinisterly - may be related to some form of global experiment on people. The characters and situations are neatly fleshed out - as is the global environment and the unigue advancements in physical enhancement surgery - 'melding'. All the elements are set up in this first part of the trilogy, so I would expect the next instalment to run with even more of the characteristic ADF flair and adventure. An interesting start...


Torchwood - Series 1 Part1, Episodes 1-5  (2 Disc Set) [2006] [DVD]
Torchwood - Series 1 Part1, Episodes 1-5 (2 Disc Set) [2006] [DVD]
Dvd ~ John Barrowman
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7 of 10 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A Triumph of Style over Content, 3 Jan 2007
But sadly not enough serious content to live up to the promise of the opening credits. I have to agree with Kevin O'Riordan - my exact comments were "Something like Dr. Who written by sex obsessed 5th form boys". The potential is there - so much potential is there - but it is so unrealised! Instead we are treated to so much in-fighting, swearing and gratuitous sex scenes, that we soon get fed up waiting for the story to evolve. The characters, with the exception of Captain Jack and Ianto, are all such screaming selfish wimps - for such a tough frontline covert organisation - it's a wonder they survive. Oh, and yes, we know John Barrowman is gay, but we don't need it thrown at us in spades every single episode.

There have been moments, but sadly the most fitting word I can find to describe Torchwood is 'superficial'. I trust it will improve dramatically (in all senses of the word) in the next series.


Serenity [DVD] [2005]
Serenity [DVD] [2005]
Dvd ~ Nathan Fillion
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Back to basics Sci-Fi - and good for it!, 28 Nov 2005
This review is from: Serenity [DVD] [2005] (DVD)
This film is great. Not a superhyped 'classic' but a good solid down to earth piece of Sci Fi. 'Real' characters with a level of depth, even if they have somewhat grubby backgrounds. You do not need to have seen Firefly, but it helps. An excellent culmination to this part of the 'arc' - because the potential is there if JW can get the backing he so richly deserves. Yes, there are a couple of incidents I would have preferred not to be in it, but even then it adds to the sense of reality, and it's JW's story so, we have accept that it goes the way he wants it to. Just waiting for the DVD - and hopefully, the new series - or maybe the next film...?


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