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Political Ideologies: An Introduction
Political Ideologies: An Introduction
by Andrew Heywood
Edition: Paperback

25 of 25 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic, accessible introduction to the subject, 10 Oct 2008
Up front I should note that I am a layman reader in this subject matter, I have no background or education in Politics. I purchased this book as a result of a long held frustration with my inability to accurately describe my belief system. Having now read this I now feel fully kitted up to accurately and concisely describe my own ideology, and those of people around me. Furthermore, it has a level of insight which has allowed me to begin to understand the thought process / motivation of those around me who believe differently to myself. I cannot recommend the contents enough. In terms of presentation, the book is broken down by ideology, working in roughly chronological order (from the early ideologies such as Liberalism, through to the modern beliefs such as Feminism and Ecologism). Throughout the book Heywood offers simple explanations of all specialist terms used, and when discussing key political and social concepts, compares and contrasts the views held in the larger ideological groups. For a first time reader, this book offers everything you need to take that first step into the ideological side of politics.

Gardens of the Moon (Book 1 of The Malazan Book of the Fallen)
Gardens of the Moon (Book 1 of The Malazan Book of the Fallen)
by Steven Erikson
Edition: Mass Market Paperback
Price: £6.29

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good fun read, some minor flaws but worth the time, 10 Oct 2008
Gardens of the Moon is the first book in the 'Malazan Book of the Fallen' and follows a number of groups of characters and their actions, centred around the city of Darujistan. On the plus side, Steven Erikson is an excellent writer of dialogue, and where this comes through is where the book is at its best. Furthermore, the world Erikson has created is intriguing, with a scale and history far beyond the confines of this book. On the negative side, Erikson does seem to like magical one-upmanship, as every time a powerful individual is introduced, another one appears to out do them, which did make me sigh a little by the end. I would also agree with one of the earlier reviewers that this book can lack some depth at times, however this should be taken in the context that this book was written - it's almost a teaser trailer for the rest of the series. Overall this is an easy, fun read which begins to show what Erikson can do. It's not a masterpiece in its own right, but it is the gateway to the rest of the series, and for that reason well worth the time.

Last Argument Of Kings: The First Law: Book Three: Book Three of the First Law (GOLLANCZ S.F.)
Last Argument Of Kings: The First Law: Book Three: Book Three of the First Law (GOLLANCZ S.F.)
by Joe Abercrombie BA
Edition: Paperback
Price: £10.70

8 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent, true to itself if a smidgen depressing!, 20 Mar 2008
Last Argument of Kings is an excellent ending to a well written and enjoyable series. As with the earlier two books Abercrombie writes fantasy as it probably would happen, rather than staying with the conventions that have grown up over the years. Whilst this makes for in many ways a most pleasurable read it also leaves you feeling somewhat depressed - as the real world tends to! So, if you are a fan of the fantasy genre i'd recommend the book heartily - it would be a 5 out of 5 if I didn't end up wishing for a little more irrational happiness!

Endless Ocean (Wii)
Endless Ocean (Wii)
Offered by Bonkers4Bargains!
Price: £22.59

5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Almost Endless Ocean, 11 Nov 2007
= Fun:5.0 out of 5 stars 
This review is from: Endless Ocean (Wii) (Video Game)
Endless Ocean is undeniably a fun game. It is incredibly easy to get immersed in the world around you. The vast variety of different sea creatures is excellent, all are rendered in beautiful detail. Controls take a little while to get used to but once your brain has settled in to the rhythm they are pretty intuitive. My only (very minor) complaint is the speed with which 'missions' hit you early on in the game, I felt a little harrassed by guide requests!

Overall i'd heartily recommend this to someone who wants a mid ground between the wiis staple mini-game compliations and the epics options such as zelda or metroid.

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