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I Had a Black Dog
I Had a Black Dog
Price: £5.99

4.0 out of 5 stars Solid, humorous picture book of a serious problem., 27 Feb 2014
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I heard about this book from television exposure, and decided to give it a try. Some of the illustrations that go with the words are quite clever, and I'd recommend this to anyone, from those suffering from depression to those who want to gain a little understanding to this problem.

It is short, but perfect for those who want something to flick through that will give information plainly and sparingly, with amusing but affecting images.


The Phantom of the Opera
The Phantom of the Opera
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4.0 out of 5 stars Don't want a long novel? This is a good start., 22 Dec 2013
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As someone who has not seen the stage show and someone who baulks at the idea of reading a mammoth novel written over a century ago, I wholeheartedly suggest this.


New Star Soccer
New Star Soccer
Price: £1.99

7 of 16 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Simple...and Addictive!, 11 Oct 2013
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This game is a great app. I've heard good things about it, and after trying it out at the Eurogamer Expo, I decided a purchase was on the cards.

You can start off in arcade mode to get a hang of the game, but I went into career mode. You start as a young outfield player at a low league club of your choice. When you receive the ball, you use a draw back/release technique to set the power and direction of the ball, and a prompt appears for you to make contact with the football to decide if there should be curve or/and height on the ball. It is a very simple method of control that is simple to use and takes a little time to master.

You can train your player, improve the relationship of the manager/team/fans/sponsors (and even a girlfriend), whilst adding items to increase your happiness and lifestyle rating. Along the way, you can help get your team promoted if you do well enough, join bigger teams in different leagues and even play for your country.

The reason why I've only awarded four stars at the moment is because there could be a little bit better presentation (for instance, players don't react with special moves like bicycle/overhead kicks, or have some kind of special visual effect when going for a special shot or something) and prices for energy drinks, an important part of the game, become so inflated that one would eventually cost more than an appartment (when your star level increases)!

Nevertheless, I'd still advise that you purchase this. Very much deeper than Angry Birds, you will spend more time on this. There is also a patch from the developers approaching that gives more options, like boots that can add optional curve to the ball during its flight movement, and decisions to play attacking, defensive and a mixture of both (info from twitter and Eurogamer Expo).


Black Jack Volume One
Black Jack Volume One
by Osamu Tezuka
Edition: Paperback
Price: £10.61

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Checking Out Tezuka's Work? Start Here!, 3 Oct 2012
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Osamu Tezuka, as a manga artist, has had an extremely varied and prolific output. It has only been in the last decade or so that his major works have been collected and published in the West. He has committed work to genres such as childrens ficton (Unico, Astro Boy) to drama and adult horror thriller (Apollo's Song, MW).

Such is Tezuka's huge body of work (he created over 700 manga series in his lifetime!), it might be a bit difficult to know where to start, if you want something in between, in theme and tone, the works mentioned above. If in doubt, it is always best to check out the medical stories of Black Jack, the brilliant doctor who is shrouded in as much mystery as some of his cases.

Black Jack isn't a registered doctor, but is so skilled that people are usually willing to pay the hefty price he demands for surgery. He has an air of sinisterness about him that makes him appear cold-hearted, but he often ends up the most moral of some of the people he has to deal with, and quite often balances the harshness of truth with a level head and just attitude. Balance is a key word; from the stitches that separate the tone of his skin when he recovered from a terrible childhood event, to how he acts towards everyone, he is the embodiment of a character that would be perfect to put in stories that are in the middle of the maturity spectrum.

You'll have to get used to Tezuka's cartoony-style and some elements will end up a little dated, but the stories have a 'Tales of the Unexpected' twist or feel that don't seem to be captured by recent anime series (despite being highly recommended). This volume is also important in that it introduces Pinoko, a regular character, Black Jack's assistant and a foil for the serious events going on.

To summarize, this is a great place to start for all comic book/graphic novel fans who want to see if Tezuka's stories are really for them.


Yotsuba&!: Vol 2
Yotsuba&!: Vol 2
by Kiyohiko Azuma
Edition: Paperback

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Charming graphic novel that should be on your bookshelf, 20 Oct 2010
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This is the second volume of Yotsuba I've bought from Amazon (very good price), about the funny young girl in Japan. She acts very strangely, even for a child like her, but she is constantly joyful. She is also the focal point of frequently hilarious events, which is one of the reasons why I chose this book after sampling the story in a library.

I recommend this book to anyone (adults and kids alike), and this volume has the really funny 'Vengeance' episode, where Yotsuba causes havoc in her neighbour's house with a water gun. You should also check out Azumanga Daioh (by the same artist), but whilst Daioh has some geniunely laugh-out-loud moments, Yotsuba's humour takes less time to build up.

I recommend a purchase! Go for it!


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