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Hellgate: London (PC DVD)
Hellgate: London (PC DVD)
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2.0 out of 5 stars Hell, 27 Sep 2013
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This game is designed to be played Multilayer, which went offline years ago. Single player? Unfortunately, just a bit annoying. Still fun if you like hand-to-hand combat with Demons on the post-Apocalyptic streets of London, though.


Tron: Betrayal: An Original Graphic Novel Prequel to Tron: Legacy
Tron: Betrayal: An Original Graphic Novel Prequel to Tron: Legacy
by Andie Tong
Edition: Paperback

3.0 out of 5 stars Kevin Flynn's mistake, 27 Sep 2013
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Okay, I enjoy both the Tron films and enjoyed the Tron: Uprising tv series, but... I think this just works better on the screen than on the page. All of the fantastic tech and visual imagination is there on the Grid, yes, but...

Kevin Flynn doesn't look like Jeff Bridges as a young man, which threw me somewhat. Tron does, which helps, but we never see any of the other old guard except Alan Bradley and Lora Baines. For a book fleshing out Tron: Legacies backstory, this is an odd way to go about doing so. The story of Flynn and the Grid is the main focus, of course, but so little is explained of how this all came to be and where Kevin Flynn is coming from in-book that anyone who hasn't seen the films will be at a loss. Clu's eventual betrayal of Flynn just seems to happen, as Tron and Shaddox work to maintain order on the Grid. If Tron had taken what he apparently knew to Flynn before the Revolt? It would never have happened.

There is no sigh of Quorra or Yori, so we still have no idea what part Yori played in what happened-or even if Clu de-rezzed her. Maybe in Tron 3?

Finally, after Flynn is trapped on the Grid, he just decides this is what is and accepts it. The Kevin Flynn we "meet" circa 2010 in TL isn't this broken, he's just tired. Okay, so he's lost his Wife, is trapped away from his Son and the world he knows and cannot, apparently, leave the Grid. But...we see a damaged Tron escape from his confrontation with Clu on a Light Bike and know Flynn had Quorra with him. It's just not explained why Tron was never able to find or contact Flynn after the fight, or Flynn Tron.

In conclusion, it's always fun to learn more about the Grid and it's Users/Programs. But this, unfortuantely, just isn't a good example of it.


Restricted Area (PC DVD)
Restricted Area (PC DVD)
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3.0 out of 5 stars Um..., 27 Sep 2013
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This game refused to function on my console, despite my computer meeting all of the requirements. I suspect I would have enjoyed it if I could have gotten it to work, though, hence the three stars.


Robert Ludlum's The Utopia Experiment (Covert One Novel 9)
Robert Ludlum's The Utopia Experiment (Covert One Novel 9)
by Robert Ludlum
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £15.98

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Jon and Randi do the dirty work, 27 Sep 2013
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Jon Smith and Randi Russell end up working together again on a mission to save lives and defend the USA in this latest Covert One novel. An ageing and ill inventor and industrialist has developed a computer which can be plugged directly into the Human brain and, among other things, determine whether or not someone is lying to you and correct eyesight issues. A military version has been rolled out exclusively for the USA-and the President assigns Jon Smith to determine its effectiveness. He quickly determines it is very effective, indeed-but Marty Zellerbach determines that there is a part of the system that seemingly has no purpose. With Randi Russell having discovered a cave full of severed heads from a village wiped out in Afghanistan, all of them with the implant BEFORE it was made publicly available, Red Flags go up... And it becomes apparent Covert-One is facing obstruction of it's investigation from a very high level inside the US Government.

With even Covert-One forced to stand down by Presidential Order when President Castilla discovers that while Jon Smith is on to something, he has no proof and the interests and money involved make pushing the issue impossible, John and Randi enlist Marty and go lone wolf. When these two and Marty roll their sleeves up and get to work? Anyone who reads the Covert One novels know its best to just lie down and hide.

The chemistry between Jon and Randi almost flies off the page on this one, too, as the Author reminds us what a good match these two are. A fast-moving plot, interesting ideas, colourful characters and a villain who doesn't see what's he's done to reach the level and point he has as evil, rather "necessary" for the supposed betterment of the Human race as a whole? Who is genuinely convinced he's doing the right thing?

Read this one if you like Ludlums own work, it's worth it.


Have Stakes Will Travel: Stories From the World of Jane Yellowrock (A Penguin Special From New American Library)
Have Stakes Will Travel: Stories From the World of Jane Yellowrock (A Penguin Special From New American Library)
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4.0 out of 5 stars Whitewater, 25 Jun 2013
I enjoy every book I've read by Faith Hunter, I'll be the first to admit it, and Jane Yellowrock only gets more interesting the more time we spend with her and the more we get to know about her. Keep up the good work, please, Faith. However-is the "HSWT" collection ever going to be released in book form? I prefer sitting down with a good book to staring at a computer screen, even with Jane?


Skinwalker (Jane Yellowrock Novels)
Skinwalker (Jane Yellowrock Novels)
by Faith Hunter
Edition: Mass Market Paperback
Price: £4.99

4.0 out of 5 stars Walking in another Skin, 16 Aug 2011
Jane Yellowrock was introduced in "Strange Brew" as a character, but this series, focusing on her as an individual in the first person, is where you really learn just why you should read more. In this book, Jane arrives in New Orleans on Contract to deal with a rogue Vampire, which is what she does as a professional Bounty Hunter, but complications immediately arise. Jane is a Skinwalker who can shapeshift into any form given the time and means, but this doesn't help her overmuch in this case, although Jane turning into a bird, a dog and Beast-an animal mind and form somehow sharing her mind and body-helps to illustrate just what she can do. In fact, Jane has more success as herself-only it turns out that even Jane doesn't know who she really is that well. She doesn't know who she really is because of huge, inexplicable gaps in her memory. She doesn't know how old she is, because we occassionally get flashbacks to events which could have easily occurred 100-200 years ago and Jane's memory is so damaged she doesn't know for certain herself. This is possibly, as it turns out, the result of Jane staying in animal form for who-knows how long after, it seems, her family was Murdered-but Jane, again, doesn't know herself...

Fortunately, she's every bit as frustrated about all of this as the reader is, and enlists the help of an Indian Shaman in an effort to recover her lost memories and learn the full truth about herself. The results are fragmentary and in no real order, but I appreciate that because why would they be? Beast, it turns out, is hiding secrets of her own-and they tie into Jane's past in a way she might not want to remember. Not that will stop Jane from hunting for answers...

The plot is solid, if not spectacular, interesting characters help flesh out the story and the book is well-written. It's Jane herself who carries the book, though, and not just since she's the narrator and "star", everything we learn about her makes me want to find out more and, to be honest, there's just something very likeable about Jane. Not least her "Not sure about this" reaction to discovering the house she's been given to hole up in while in town is right next to a Whorehouse with a Vampire Mistress, despite which she ends up spending time with some of the girls, a few of whom aren't quite normal Humans themselves, which might just be a vital clue...

A really good start. I look forwards to reading more about Jane, her adventures and her world.


Angel: Only Human (Angel (IDW Paperback))
Angel: Only Human (Angel (IDW Paperback))
by Scott Lobdell
Edition: Paperback

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Road Trip, 27 April 2011
In this story, set soon after "The Fall", where Team Angel go to Hell along with Los Angeles after making a massive mess of the long-term plans of Wolfram and hart, the focus is on Illyria and Gunn. Gunn, who spent the whole time he was in Hell as a Vampire so evil even Demons respected him, is Human again after his life was saved when everything "reset". Illyria, who has finally accepted the fact she is not and never will be Human, no matter how much she wants to, seemingly died in Hell-but is also alive again for the same reason. As a result, both have a great deal to deal with and think about-and are working through it by fighting Demons, Vampires and similar while living out of Fred's old apartment. That's what leads them all the way back to Fred's childhood home, when an Uncle of hers dies and her Parents call her back. Which is, really, where the story starts...

One-liners you might hear on the show are well-placed, such as Illyria commenting that if she can rule the world, she can learn to drive-even though Gunn points out that she had to sort out a twelve-car pile-up the last time she tried. Or, when Illyria meets Fred's Parents looking like Illyria, they embrace her, welcome her home and don't even blink at her appearance-to Gunn's disbelief. Which is explained by Fred's Mother as Fred always walking to a different drum than the rest of them. The sight of Illyria kissing a teenage sweetheart of Fred's to stop him from talking made me blink-but the fact he ran away immediately afterwards was typical of the show.

These, though, are the sweet moments, before Illyria and Gunn discover a small group of Demons on the run from the Scourge. It gets worse, when it turns out the Scourge have somehow found the Mutari Generator Wesley used to strip away most of Illyria's power, because they intend to use that power to wake up something ancient, from the time Illyria was at her height of power. Something which really doesn't like Illyria, which leaves Gunn to handle the Scourge while Illyria battles something which looks like a cross between the Worms from "Tremors", Godzilla and a drill of the kind you would use to reach the centre of the Earth.

Last but not least, there's always something else to consider when the "big" threats are dealt with. In this case, the simple fact that Demon's are not Humans and have their own ways...

If you like Illyria and/or Gunn, read this story, you'll recognise the characters you love and get a good idea of what their time in Hell and since has done to them. If you just like a good story with Supernatural elements? Read this story, there's no massive info-dumps or character origins to work through, just a solid story with interesting characters well-told. Personally, I'd like to see this odd couple together again, I doubt there are any two characters more utterly oppossed in nature or personality who still manage to work well together on the team. Anyone else?


Tron - 20th Anniversary Collector's Edition [1982] [DVD]
Tron - 20th Anniversary Collector's Edition [1982] [DVD]
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The Grid, 11 Mar 2011
Tron, the original film introducing all of us unsuspecting types to the world of The Grid in 1982, still holds up well today. Jeff Bridges stars as Kevin Flynn/Clu, a genius programmer run out of Encom, a company he used to work for, by a jealous coworker who stole Flynn's work and passed it off as his own so successfully he is now Encom CEO. Clu is Flynn's Avatar in The Grid, a very early form of true electronic landscape pre-Internet as we know it today, the means by which he intends to track down the proof hidden in Encom's systems that his work was stolen. It doesn't quite work out, though...

Enter Alan Bradley, played by Bruce Boxleitner, an old friend of Flynn's who has created a security program called Tron, the films true hero, which/who may be able to get the job done where Clu could not, aided by Laura Baines, played by Cindy Morgan. However, the Master Control Programme, created by Ed Dillinger, played by David Warner, is an AI in control of the Encom computers. It's response to Flynn interfering withs its functions to help Bradley get Tron on-line is to bring Flynn into The Grid via a laser device, then to force him to participate in a series of increasingly lethal challenges even as it plans much bigger things. In The Grid, however, Flynn is shocked to encounter Bradley-actually Tron-and Baines, both of whom are Avatars of their Users. This encourages the three of them to work together to put an end to the tyranny of the Master Control Program once and for all. As Tron says, "I fight for the Users".

The CGI is primitive by the standards of today, but they make it work well in the film. The performances are solid and the AI created by Dillinger manipulating and then blackmailing him to achieve its own goals in the real world is an early example of peoples fear of technology getting away from us. The light cycles remain iconic, as do the unusual costumes worn by the cast on The Grid, updated in the recent Tron: Legacy. This film is a rare gem from the 80's and a must-see for any fans of the world of Tron. Also, its just a good film if you want to see something worth watching that might just make you think for a couple of hours. Enjoy.
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Aphrodite IX
Aphrodite IX
by David Nakayama
Edition: Paperback
Price: £8.92

4.0 out of 5 stars Cybernetics, 11 Mar 2011
This review is from: Aphrodite IX (Paperback)
The story of Aphrodite IX, which takes place some way in the future, is the story of an Amnesiac Cyborg who immediately forgets any Mission she's been on after completing it. There's a reason why, not what you might expect, but it makes for an unusual character since Aphrodite is a character who doesn't even know WHAT she is, let alone who as it turns out. The story carries through peoples modern-day obsessions with improving themselves and their bodies to the ultimate limit, where people have had parts of their bodies replaced just to keep themselves alive and healthy-if they can be called that, since the point of the story is that Aphrodite, an entirely synthetic being, possesses as much humanity as any of these people, likely more. However, the real questions in the story are just why Aphrodite was created and, more importantly, what her ultimate purpose is, an answer being provided in a series of Flashbacks as she slowly remembers her past.

The story is imaginative, the character interesting, but the script suffers from a lack of cohesion as a result of the extended amount of time the original series took to come out as far as I can tell. Injuries/damage suffered by Aphrodite do not seem to carry through from issue to issue and a better explanation of just what causes her to break through her own Amnesia and remember how she ended up the way she is would have been welcome. Also, maybe if we could have seen more of the world she lives in and how others live in it it would have worked better. What we do see of it seems to resemble downtown Manhattan, unfortunately, since it seems unlikely there will still be street vendors seling fresh food out of trailers in a world like hers.

To me, this strikes as a mini-series begging to be expanded on, but apparently it never will be since the character and her world have never been revisited. It's a shame, a decent first effort trying for good, but it could have been great if they'd just made a bit more of it. On the other hand, a character who bears an almost exact resemblance to Aphrodite IX is now present in Wildstorm comics, Aphrodite IV, so maybe there is still some potential for seeing more of the original concept? Only time will tell.


Mercy Blade (Jane Yellowrock, Book 3)
Mercy Blade (Jane Yellowrock, Book 3)
by Faith Hunter
Edition: Mass Market Paperback
Price: £4.94

4 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting..., 25 Jan 2011
In the third Jane Yellowrock novel, we learn more about Jane herself-which is always welcome as she's such an intriguing character-as well as the world she lives in, especially since several new species and faces show up to make her life ever more complicated, both professionally and personally. Jane, who still can't quite believe she now has a Boyfriend, Rick the Undercover Cop, gets back to New Orleans to discover that Shape Shifters are in town. After she yet again reminds herself that she is now an employee of the Vampire Master of the City, Leo, who is still suffering following the death of his "Son" in the first book, calls on her to deal with trouble occurring in the city. Unfortunately, this trouble turns out to be a pack of Werewolves, who have a serious grudge against Leo...

Jane ends up dealing with threats to Leo, amorous advances from Leo's right-hand Ghoul, Bruiser, the oldest Sister of her Witch friend, herself a Witch, who appears to be behaving very oddly, even uncharacteristically, Rick's disappearence while Undercover, the new Shifters in town and a very angry-Wolf pack who want Leo's head, with or without the rest of him. Worst of all, though, is the Mercy Blade, who turns out to be an individual, not a weapon, who even Jane can't work out, but who has known Leo for a very long time-and the fact that Jane's unique nature is drawing more and more attention. Nobody but her Witch friend, who she trusts absolutely, knows Jane is a Skinwalker, not even Leo or the Mercy Blade, or Rick, but this book suggests that there may be a very good reason nobody has yet connected the dots. Read it to find out...

These books and Faith Hunters writing are improving book by book. A superb central character, a menagerie of the Supernatural all gathered in still flood-damaged New Orleans, an increasingly in-depth examination and explanation of Jane's world and Jane herself, a world so like our own but, say, a "Step to the left". An example? Vampires "Came out of the coffin" here, Hunter explains, after the Secret Service caught a Vampire Marilyn Monroe trying to turn Kennedy in 1962 and promptly staked her...

If you like fantasy mixed in with "real" world elements, or if you just like a good story, read this book. You won't be disappointed.


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