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House of Cards
House of Cards
by Michael Dobbs
Edition: Mass Market Paperback
Price: £8.99

3.0 out of 5 stars Showing its age, 24 May 2016
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Having recently seen both the US and British adaptation of this classic tale of political skullduggery, I thought I'd give the book a try. It's very readable, and the plotting propels it despite a couple of slightly cringey attempts at descriptive writing in the early chapters. The casual sexism is a bit harder to take, though. I'm not entirely sure it's just down to the characters and the milieu, either--the author habitually describes women by the colour of their hair and the quality of their tits. To a modern reader this strikes a slightly discordant note, as do the rather patronising references to Northern towns. A bit of racial stereotyping, too. Still, all in all it has stood the test of time pretty well.


Second Variety
Second Variety
Price: £0.71

1.0 out of 5 stars Don't buy, 10 Feb. 2016
This review is from: Second Variety (Kindle Edition)
Misleading description. Only one story here, commonly available for next to nothing in other anthologies. I guess Amazon can't police every single page-count, but maybe now it's flagged up...


The Familiar, Volume 1: One Rainy Day in May
The Familiar, Volume 1: One Rainy Day in May
by Mark Z. Danielewski
Edition: Paperback
Price: £20.00

2 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A page-turner, 12 July 2015
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The difficulty with experimental, modernist art is that it can be difficult to distinguish the genius from the charlatan. If you don't understand something, is it because you are stupid, or because the artist doesn't have the technique to articulate ideas clearly. The mixed reviews this book has received shows that readers fall into both camps--the genius camp points to innovative ideas and startling turns of phrase, the charlatan camp to obscure or incomprehensible passages.
'The Familiar' is the first of what promises, or threatens depending on your point of view, to be a 27-volume sequence, structured like a TV series. The first book is the pilot episode, complete with 'coming attractions' at the beginning, and nine disparate sets of characters in different locations, whose stories will presumably start to interweave in later episodes.
The book is a real pleasure to read, as an artifact. It is beautifully produced, each set of characters having its own colour code, typographical quirks, lingua Franca.
Some episodes can be a bit heavy going-Danielewski riffs on, for example, Hispanic street speech in a way that an English-speaking reader, and most probably a Mexican reader too--would find very hard to follow. That's probably realistic, but you have to grit your teeth at times.
I think I'm in the genius camp. There are so many startling ideas and beautiful moments--some of the most emotional use of punctuation I've ever read ((t)his child), for example.It's a real pleasure to turn the page. It's strange that Danielewski, whose metafictional glosses would seem to lend themselves to e-books, with hypertext and Internet trails, has embraced the physical book and discovered so many new ways of reading it. Definitely worth a shot!


Duty of Heroes
Duty of Heroes
Price: £0.00

1.0 out of 5 stars lots of boobs in this game, 11 July 2015
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This review is from: Duty of Heroes (App)
Doesn't work yet. All dialogue is replaced by the word 'dialog', the animation is jerky, the battle system, so far, incomprehensible. Maybe they are hoping we'll all beta-test it. Wait and see.


Survivors: The Quest®
Survivors: The Quest®
Price: £0.00

3.0 out of 5 stars slow paced but good story, 19 Mar. 2015
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Too long spent waiting around for branches and lianas (not ' tianas' btw) to appear on the ground. Shaking coconut trees about the only thing to do unless you want to spend your gems. Nice design, though, and the feeling that the game world will open out soon keeps you playing.


Candy Crush Saga
Candy Crush Saga
Price: £0.00

5.0 out of 5 stars thanks for in-app purchases!, 21 Jan. 2014
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This review is from: Candy Crush Saga (App)
Firstly, swear to yourself by whatever you hold sacred never to spend any real money in this game. You will be seriously tempted--62p to remove that last pesky piece of jelly, 62p for an extra life to save you a 30-minute wait, 62p for a little boost at the start of a level, 62p to unlock the next set of levels and save yourself a 3-day wait. The game is extremely well- designed, needing just the right combination of luck and strategy. It's seriously addictive, and the only thing that prevents you from losing all sense of time is when they tempt you into sending them money. So Don't Cheat. Don't part with any money. Otherwise you'll end up hating yourself.


SpongeBob Moves In
SpongeBob Moves In

5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars block raider, 21 Sept. 2013
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The screenshots and game description relate to Gta5, but the game once downloaded is a graphically primitive waste of memory called block raider. This is illegal, and Amazon should never have allowed it in their app store. They should delete it asap and refund any money spent on purchasing it.
Update, 22/9/13: 'Developer' Peter Vasiliou's response to his reviewers has been to raise the price from 63p to £1.24! Maybe he hopes customers will think the game's been upgraded. Don't worry, it hasn't!


Genie (Kindle Single)
Genie (Kindle Single)

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Gold bug echo maker, 19 Jan. 2013
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Not as densely written or as stimulating as Powers' earlier fiction, but nevertheless a beautiful, resonant little story, a kind of speculative echo of 'Gold Bug Variations', and well worth reading while waiting for his next novel.


Live Sports Streams - Watch Live Sports
Live Sports Streams - Watch Live Sports

56 of 60 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars still waiting, 26 Dec. 2012
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Description promised this would be up and running by 30/11. As of 26/12 there's still nothing. Some information would be useful. Otherwise, I.m starting to suspect I've been ripped off.


Jaden Baker
Jaden Baker
Price: £2.16

5.0 out of 5 stars Hogwarts noir, 19 Jun. 2012
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This review is from: Jaden Baker (Kindle Edition)
This excellently plotted book seeks, and largely succeeds, to be all things to all readers. The first part describes, sensitively, the efforts of a kind couple to mend a broken child. The next consists of an intensely harrowing description of torture and psychological conditioning, a Hogwarts noir in which the protagonist is simultaneously trained (in quasi-magical powers) and broken. Escape from this is followed by a section of survival/diy. A chance meeting leads to a developing romantic relationship, and in the final part of the book all the threads are brought together in an exciting denouement. I have to confess to certain pre-conceptions when I know a book is by either a male or female writer--the former action/information-heavy, the latter more focused on inner feelings and their communication through dialogue. It is relatively rare to find a work that combines the best qualities of male and female authors, but I feel that this book succeeds. Throughout, the book is psychologically convincing, and the plotting and control of pace are for the most part skilled and assured. A few references to Harry Potter are sprinkled throughout the book; Kirchoff is aligning herself with Rowling, and Jaden Baker certainly shares some characteristics with Harry (broken home, training and gradual development of powers, an alignment of dark forces with which to do battle). The plotting, with seeds sown early in the book that flower later on, is also reminiscent of Rowling, and works very well, despite what to me felt a little creaking towards the end (the sudden reappearance of Jaden's father, for instance). The Kindle edition needs a little edit, but the prose is very readable, both in descriptions of action and of emotional states. What this adds up to is a work of considerable emotional power. I discovered this completely by accident when surfing for free Kindle books, but feel very strongly that this is a book that deserves a major publisher and a wide readership


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