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Alien - Out of the Shadows (Book 1) (Alien Trilogy 1)
Alien - Out of the Shadows (Book 1) (Alien Trilogy 1)
by Tim Lebbon
Edition: Paperback
Price: £6.39

4.0 out of 5 stars Tense story set between "Alien" and "Aliens", 10 Dec 2014
Set between “Alien” and “Aliens” we find Ripley’s escape pod being diverted to put her, once again, up against the dreaded Aliens. A mining colony disturbs and Alien nest and both the planet and the orbiting ship become infected, can Ripley, dragged out of cryogenic sleep, help save the day?

Fans of the series will have in the back of their minds where Ripley ends up at the start of “Aliens” which becomes a bit of a spoiler and a challenge for the author.

The book itself is in reality a blend of both the first two films, trapped on a spaceship with an alien and then on a planet. That apart, I thought it was well delivered with characters you cared about and wanted to survive.


The Kill: (Maeve Kerrigan 5)
The Kill: (Maeve Kerrigan 5)
by Jane Casey
Edition: Paperback
Price: £3.49

5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent, 9 Dec 2014
My first Maeve Kerrigan book and I have to say I was impressed. Jane Casey has delivered an excellent story with very strong characterisation. The dialogue and dynamics felt very real and the story had not only pace but satisfying twists.

A killer is targetting police officers and the Met investigation team desperately follow leads, some of them that may take team members into danger...some references to previous books, but they do not spoil the story for a first time reader.

Very good this, delighted to discover both the author and Kerrigan and pleased to find there are some more out there for me to catch up on.


Map of Bones (SIGMA FORCE)
Map of Bones (SIGMA FORCE)
by James Rollins
Edition: Paperback
Price: £6.39

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars I seem to have read this before, many times, 3 Dec 2014
I tried to like this but found it a struggle and it has taken me a while to work out why. This is your typical race with bad guys to solve ancient mysteries and riddles, this one relating to a potential super weapon using the wisdom of the Wise Men and various off-shoots of the Church. The team from Sigma work with Vatican agents to initially solve a bloodbath at a Cathedral before realising there is a much bigger picture.

So why was I underwhelmed? It is quite well written and packed with bits of historical interest and, unlike the Dan Brown powerhouse, it is reader friendly. But having said that it felt like I had read it 100 times before and seemed to hit every cliché for these types of books, the race to solve things, the astonishing ease where the team resolve thousand year old mysteries, the bad guys always just catching up, the secret organisations, the double crossing etc etc. It just followed a competent formula without adding anything special or new and as a result I felt a little let down and underwhelmed. Fully appreciate that people love this kind of stuff but this is just more of the same.


The Incorruptibles
The Incorruptibles
Price: £4.72

4.0 out of 5 stars Refreshingly different, 2 Dec 2014
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Well, this was refreshingly different but hard to do justice to in terms of description! This is a kind of alternate history that blends the Romans, the Wild West and a bit of steampunk. A challenging blend that the author pulls of very well I should add.
As a boat of Roman gentry travels a river into the western wilderness our heroes are two of the patrolling mercenaries trying to protect the boat against the elf like, near invincible natives.
The author throws some great ideas at us based on his world building and a great deal of thought has gone into those ideas. The steampunk overlay is an interesting one, adding an extra dimension (in more ways than one!) into a story that could just have put an expanded Roman empire into the Wild West. You need an open mind and to be comfortable with the concept of Daemons powering ships and evil being warded off. It’s all a bit strange and takes you out of your comfort zone, but definitely enjoyable.


The Suicide Exhibition: The Never War (Never War 1)
The Suicide Exhibition: The Never War (Never War 1)
by Justin Richards
Edition: Paperback
Price: £8.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Great fun, 1 Dec 2014
An old fashioned WW2 romp with a blend of sci-fi. Take those evil Nazis from something like the Indiana Jones films and imagine they have managed to awake ‘something’. While the bad guys are trying to discover and control something beyond human understanding, a small team in the UK are tasked with investigating the Nazi plot while also trying to understand some odd goings on in the UK in terms of UFOs.

This is obviously a positioning novel in the start to a series, which is good news for readers as it means we will get some more of this quirky alternate history. And it could go in a number of directions, I could almost see the Allies teaming up with the Germans to combat an unearthed threat to humanity.

The author has a lot of fun with this, blending historical fact with his story and I suspect it is in the next novel that we will see the real diversion from history as we know it. The level of sci-fi in this is probably akin to the Nazi elements of the Indiana Jones films so not too heavy but you have to be receptive to this kind of thing.

I really enjoyed it- generally good characters, a fast paced plot, some very bad “bad” guys and something very nasty indeed being unearthed. Roll on the next one, looking forward to it already.


Classic British Comedies The DVD Board Game
Classic British Comedies The DVD Board Game
Offered by Accessory-Shop
Price: £22.99

3.0 out of 5 stars Nostalgic fun but limited re-play value, 28 Nov 2014
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Quite fun this and an easy family game to use. For younger participants they may not recognise some of the "classic comedy", but may gain an appreciatiomn of the golden past. In reality it is more pointed to a generation probably older than 45 and may have limited re-play value. Having said that, if you are a fan of these comedies this might be a fun way to remenber them.


Carte Noire No.10 Espresso Nespresso Compatible Coffee Capsules 53 g (Pack of 4)
Carte Noire No.10 Espresso Nespresso Compatible Coffee Capsules 53 g (Pack of 4)
Price: £10.36

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wake up and smell it, 25 Nov 2014
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This was a no brainer, when not using an Nespresso machine, Carte Noir is my coffee jar of choice. And yep, by using the capsules you do get an even better and fresher taste. Mornings have just got easier to deal with.


The Water Room: (Bryant & May Book 2)
The Water Room: (Bryant & May Book 2)
by Christopher Fowler
Edition: Paperback
Price: £7.99

3.0 out of 5 stars Quirky fun, 25 Nov 2014
Quite enjoyed this, quirky, proper characters and loads of London atmosphere. I was confused by a cover that stated it was the first B&M mystery, but it was actually the second book in the series.
So unique leading characters and a plot around an oddly drowned woman followed by more deaths in the same street. The Peculiar Crimes Unit with it's pair of ancient detectives and their odd-ball team start to look into it and find links to London history and the underground rivers.
It slightly lacks pace but is a worthy and thoughtful read.


The Endless River
The Endless River
Price: £9.99

3 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars mildly interesting, 14 Nov 2014
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This review is from: The Endless River (Audio CD)
A range of emotions really, utter delight when I first heard there was to be a new Floyd release, concern when I heard it was mainly just music and refreshed session stuff. Delighted at an opportunity to recognise Rick Wright's contribution (something the band did not always do when they should have).

But I approached this with an open mind and gave it repeated viewings to give it the chance to grow. The bottom line is that this is Floyd, but only just. It's like a familiar friend that you haven't seen for a long while who isn't as you remember them. Vocals are not nesessary for Pink Floyd greatness so the lack of lyrics here should not be held against them, but the emotion and ability to get into your head seems to be missing here. Had it been the second disc on a Division Bell experience set, it would have felt right, an interesting addition, but not strong enough on it's own.

If this is to be the last original release from one of Britain's greatest ever bands, then I am not sure that it does them sufficient justice or represents a great way to end their output. Suspect I will put this cd back in the case and it will very rarely get an airing.


The Death of an Ordinary Man
The Death of an Ordinary Man
by Glen Duncan
Edition: Paperback

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Uncomfortable reading, 10 Nov 2014
Tough one to review this, a book that makes you think, does very much cover the human condition and one that you gradually peel apart to understand the circumstances behind the story.

Trying hard not to give anything away, we start with a man floating above his own funeral and trying to remember what happened, He follows through to the wake and we see (through his eyes) how his family are coping and he/we can also sense what they are thinking.

He is trying to remember and we as readers are trying to understand his circumstances. This was a tough book to read, but very good at capturing the thoughts and reality of ordinary people. Dropped this back to three stars as it took a while to get into and I was a little underwhelmed by the conclusion. Having said that this was an emotional book and well written, I can see why the author has the reputation that he does.


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