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Ready Player One
Ready Player One
by Ernest Cline
Edition: Paperback
Price: £5.84

5.0 out of 5 stars This is one of the best books i've read in ages, 4 Nov. 2015
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This is one of the best books i've read in ages. This is a must read, great characters, and a superb innovative and highly original plot.


1948 Palestine "Al Nakba"-The Palestinian Catastrophe of 1948 T-shirt (X-Large, Sports Grey)
1948 Palestine "Al Nakba"-The Palestinian Catastrophe of 1948 T-shirt (X-Large, Sports Grey)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Good quality T Shirt, 4 Nov. 2015
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Death On The Nile
Death On The Nile
by Agatha Christie
Edition: Paperback

5.0 out of 5 stars A timelss classic that was a joy to read., 21 Aug. 2015
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This is a famous book and there's been so much written about it that I won't go over old ground. Suffice to say it was brilliant, a great read, hugely enjoyable and I would recommend that you read it. If you're a bookworm like me then do yourself a favour. Despite the age of the book, its timeless.
The construction is superb, I found the way Agatha Christie set the scene, introduced the characters was immense - often slipping in a little half sentence that just made you think of a motive, or a hint of a secret. Its a classic whodunit, it'll keep you guessing, everyone is a suspect. And of course there's Hercule Poirot and Colonel Race on the scene to investigate, so the murderer will surely be unmasked...


I Am Pilgrim
I Am Pilgrim
by Terry Hayes
Edition: Paperback
Price: £3.85

3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Nearly a good book, but disappointing., 6 July 2015
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Spoiler Alert - I discuss the ending in this review.
Terry Hayes has a background in screen writing and this book does read like it would easily adaptable to the big screen. Maybe it even started life as a film script. Lots of spy craft, clever murders, investigations, exotic locations and a terror threat of monumental scale - but sadly like so many film's these days, I am Pilgrim is style over substance. Cormac McCarthy can develop a character in a sentence, but sadly Hayes doesn't manage it in a whole book. The characters are 2 dimensional, bog standard hoods, an arab terrorist and the typical CIA special ops guy that you've seen or read about dozens of other books of the genre. And with a fop to the potential of the big screen, there are numerous holocaust mentions - none of which add anything to the plot, nor flesh out the protagonists. There is also the usual Bin Laden did 9/11 propaganda (Bin Laden had nothing to do with 9/11) which again doesn't really need to be there. Hayes also refers to the people of Gaza as 'stateless arabs', an outrageous misnomer on the long suffering Palestinians.
However, where this whole Hollywood style thriller really falls flat is the ridiculous ending. 'The Saracen', the devout Muslim, the Jihadist Mujihad, takes the easy option and commits suicide by shooting himself. Suicide and self harm are of course strictly forbidden in Islam, even a tattoo is Haram, and that a character to whom Islam is his world would choose this option, as opposed to say Martyrdom in a shootout or such like, is an obvious continuity error in the story. Similarly, despite 'Saracen' dedicating most of his life to getting revenge on the US with his master plan, years in the making, and a plan he feels is assisted a crucial times by the divine intervention of Allah. To save himself and his son, he meekly blurts out everything to our novels Jason Bourne style hero, thus 'The Saracen' foils his own plot right at the moment his life's work is about to bear fruit and America is saved. Its an ending with more holes in it than Swiss cheese.
I don't want to paint an overly negative picture, its still not a bad book, worth adding to your holiday reading, but after initially finding this novel a real page turner, I was glad to finish it and hand it in to the charity shop.


It's All About Muhammad: A Biography of the World's Most Notorious Prophet
It's All About Muhammad: A Biography of the World's Most Notorious Prophet
Price: £3.85

5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A comprehensive, fascinating and engaging look at The Prophet Muhammad., 14 May 2015
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If anyone is interested in the life of Muhammad then this book is a must read. It goes into great detail about the Prophet, starting with his ancestors, his family, his troubled early life and also the history of Mecca and Medina. It moves on to the beginnings of Muhammad's prophethood and his revelations, and goes right the way through to the end of his life. I found this book absolutely fascinating and I read it in just a few sittings. Apart from learning a lot about Islam and Muhammad, there's a great deal of historical information about the tribes and early pagan religions of Arabia. The author, F. Burleigh, has clearly done a great deal of research and for me this book sets the bench mark, and is now the 'go to' book on Muhammad.
However, its worth mentioning its not a sanitised, rose tinted view of Muhammad. There are aspects of the Prophets life detailed in this book that are controversial, and at times unsavoury. There were battles and raids, violence towards those who wouldn't accept him as God's messenger, mass executions of his enemies, his 9 year old wife (just one of many wives and concubines) and also anecdotal evidence that even from childhood the Prophet suffered from the 'falling sickness' or was 'possessed', he suffered fits and seizures, and was thus probably epileptic. The auditory and visual hallucinations caused by his frontal lobe epilepsy, and the lucid dreams, he interpreted as divine messages. Nevertheless, Muhammad comes across as a remarkable individual who had an unshakeable and stoic belief in one God, Allah. Muhammad overcame many difficulties and trials in furthering his religion, and in his personal life, but in my view his success was partly due to arriving on the scene just at a time when the Arabs seemed to be almost expecting and wanting a Prophet of their own.
This is a great read, engaging and well written, based on Islam's own literature and scripture, and I would absolutely recommend it.
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Did Muhammad Exist?: An Inquiry into Islam's Obscure Origins
Did Muhammad Exist?: An Inquiry into Islam's Obscure Origins
by Robert Spencer
Edition: Paperback
Price: £15.50

1 of 16 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Unbelievably Bad and totally offensive, 23 Feb. 2015
People who have enjoyed this book might also like Robert Spencer's latest work 'Buddha's a fat B*stard'.
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The 9/11 Commission Report: Final Report of the National Commission on Terrorist Attacks Upon the United States: The Full Final Report of the National ... on Terrorist Attacks Upon the United States
The 9/11 Commission Report: Final Report of the National Commission on Terrorist Attacks Upon the United States: The Full Final Report of the National ... on Terrorist Attacks Upon the United States
by National Commis
Edition: Paperback
Price: £5.99

3 of 6 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars 9 11 Fiction, 12 Dec. 2014
This is a work of fiction. The Laws of Physics would have change for this to be plausible. There is also no mention of the elephant in the room - the collapse in 6 seconds of WTC7 (the real target of 9 11). Remember when you read this - 2 planes and 3 collapsed buildings. Do the Math.


Casio F-91W-1YER Men's Resin Digital Watch
Casio F-91W-1YER Men's Resin Digital Watch
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5.0 out of 5 stars A total bargain, 24 Feb. 2014
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I had a watch like this as a kid and I remember it lasting for years. I do a manual job at the moment and my good watch was getting scratched so i bought this for work. It's cheap, durable, waterproof and has functions like stopwatch and alarm. It's well worth the money, it's a real bargain and quite a classic timepiece in its own right.


Red Orchestra 2: Rising Storm(PC DVD)
Red Orchestra 2: Rising Storm(PC DVD)
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Superb, 15 Nov. 2013
This game follows on from Red Orchestra - a WW2 Eastern Front game, which was in itself superb. Rising Sun is quite simply a hidden gem of a game. I enjoy Battlefield and COD but for realism and a challenge I go for Rising Sun. This is a game where a good squad leader or Commander is important, where you can pick up points by being a good team player, not just blasting away with a noob tube, and the battles are really exciting. Many games, on say a capture the flag are just 50/50 slug fests irrespective of the maps, and many games are just bullet festivals, but Rising Sun has so much more. The game is superbly balanced, the dug in Japanese are outnumbered, but they have good positions, whereas the US have more troops, and it gives the capture the flag type games so common to the genre, a real edge. The respawns act as waves of reinforcements and its just got a realism that other games haven't. I especially like the team aspect to this game, Rising Sun is a game where if the troops all work together, and have a good command structure, it makes a big difference, its not just a bunch of guys running around shooting each other.
Rising Sun is hugely enjoyable, it looks great, everythings just kinda balanced, everything works, the attention to detail is OCD, and its a genuine pleasure to play. Do yourself a favour and buy it.


Total War Rome II (PC DVD)
Total War Rome II (PC DVD)

7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars A new low for the Total War series, 15 Sept. 2013
By their own admission the developers, the Creative Assembly (CA) have released this game in an unacceptable state. They have even publically apologised and are promising a patch a week until its fixed, some the patches will contain over 100 fixes, so that tells you how bad this game really is. I love the Total War (TW)games, Rome Total War (the original) and Medieval 2 Total War were classics of the genre. However, CA have never really got back to those dizzy heights of gaming, and regretfully Rome 2 Total War really hits a new low. It even calls into question the integrity of the PC reviews in various publications which give it a big thumbs up ? This game is an utter disaster.
It's hard to single out just one problem, check the forums for the heads up, but this is just an example. In previous TW games you can split your armies or recruit new units from your settlements. For example, if I have an army of 10 units I could divide it into 2 armies of 5 each, or if I capture a settlement I can leave a couple of units as garrison. In this game you cant do that, only generals can recruit and you only have 3 generals at the start. I currently have 5 cities but with just 3 armies I can't garrison all my settlements therefore rebellion or recapture are inevitable. Also to expand my empire and move on (kinda the purpose of the game) I have to leave a newly captured town ungarrisoned. I can't recruit any troops. Imagine playing any of the TW games with just 3 armies = unplayable.
This game has been released months before its ready, maybe in a few months the patches will kick in and this will be a good game, there is a good game lurking underneath there somewhere, but until this is fixed don't waste your time or your money. Its just that bad.
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