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The Baskerville Legacy: A Novel
The Baskerville Legacy: A Novel
by John O'Connell
Edition: Hardcover
Price: 8.50

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Unfair!, 12 July 2013
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The Hound of The Baskervilles is by far and away my favourite Holmes story and on the style and format of this book alone I was interested- and the one redeeming feature of it is that it looks great on my bookshelf next to my other Holmes books. Having said that I was very disappointed and annoyed with it both during and after I had read it- to give you an idea of what's infuriating about it let me quote the author on his appendix to the book (don't worry, no spoilers):
"Of the many liberties I have taken, the most egregious to experts in the field of Doyle studies will be my transformation of Bertram Fletcher Robinson from the solid, uncomplicated fellow I suspect he was into an agonised, drug-addicted, prostitute-visiting egotist. I can only apologise and plead authorial necessity."
When the main character in a biography is altered that much from reality you know you're in trouble. I understand that its a fictional book but what was the point? to make Doyle sound like a cruel, talentless thief? There isn't any evidence (and the appendices go into great detail about this) to support any of the anti-Doyle elements of the story so the main purpose of writing this books seems to've been to unfairly slander Conan Doyle. Nice. So this book is marketed to people who don't like Doyle? Is there a single person who would pick this book up to consider it who isn't a fan of his? Ridiculous!
I don't think it's particularly well written; the allusions to victoriana are lumpen, Doyle's interest in spiritualism is hammily thrown in, it really has the feeling of being written by a tabloid journalist (which O' Connell pretty much is).
If you don't like Sherlock Holmes or any of the writings of Conan Doyle then this is the book for you, otherwise I recommend steering well clear...


Murder Rooms: Mysteries of the Real Sherlock Holmes - Complete Series - 5-DVD Set ( The Dark Beginnings of Sherlock Holmes / The Kingdom of Bones / The Patient's Eyes / The Photographer's Chair / The White Knight Stratagem ) ( Murder Rooms
Murder Rooms: Mysteries of the Real Sherlock Holmes - Complete Series - 5-DVD Set ( The Dark Beginnings of Sherlock Holmes / The Kingdom of Bones / The Patient's Eyes / The Photographer's Chair / The White Knight Stratagem ) ( Murder Rooms
Dvd ~ Ian Richardson

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars this is the right copy!, 5 Jan 2013
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I bought this exact edition and its fantastic- right ratio, excellent sound, excellent picture quality (I watched it on my 42 inch telly through my blu-ray player). DO NOT BUY THE OTHER ONE, GET THIS!
The series itself is definitely worth buying, even though its more expensive than most Sherlock shows. Its big budget and well acted and the stories are great.


Kodak PlaySport Zx5 Full HD 1080P,  Waterproof, Dustproof and Shockproof - Black (discontinued by manufacturer)
Kodak PlaySport Zx5 Full HD 1080P, Waterproof, Dustproof and Shockproof - Black (discontinued by manufacturer)
Offered by Optimistics

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The best pocket camcorder at any price., 27 Jan 2012
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This camera is fantastic. As soon as I recieved mine I took it for some test footage and thought it looked pretty good on the screen, I got home and tried it out on my 42inch LCD HDTV and it is amazing! definately far better than i expected, in daytime ideal lighting it looks as good as tv, when its in low lighting or you lower the resolution it obviously gets worse but not by much... I would recommend using a PS3 for playback of home movies as it upscales but even through the HDMI cable it's good.
The camera is light but sturdy, feels reliable, very easy to use- I tried it out in a Currys store and someone had messed with the settings but I figured it out and reset it in seconds without the instructions, really user friendly!
The battery lasts ages and charges quickly. The features are all listed everywhere else so I won't go through them all but the 70's colour effect and the Sepia are great.
Buy to own a piece of history, now that Kodak is no more, an excellent product and without a doubt the best of this style.


Mass Effect 2 (PS3)
Mass Effect 2 (PS3)
Offered by Game Dealz
Price: 7.61

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars It won a Bafta for a reason..., 14 Jun 2011
= Fun:5.0 out of 5 stars 
This review is from: Mass Effect 2 (PS3) (Video Game)
Humans have reached out beyond the solar system and discovered a vast galactic community of several different alien races all far in advance of ours- they have a ruling body (the Galactic Council) a capital (The space station 'Citadel') and a means of hyperspace travel between star clusters called Mass Relays (think Stargates big enough to fly a spaceship through, floating in space). In the first game you were a human called Shepard working for the council and investigating a threat that turned out to be from beyond our Galaxy- an incredibly old race of sentient machines called the Reapers. They like to play with life on a grand scale and every 50,000 years cleanse the Milky Way of all advanced beings- they're not very nice. Turns out they built all the Mass Relays and the Citadel (which is a giant mass relay itself) in order to invade the milky way quickly and efficiently- they send a herald called Sovereign ahead of the main attack fleet to re-activate the main Relay in the Citadel and 'open the front door'. You stop it.
So game 2 starts with the general population of the galaxy thinking the threat is over but human colonies are being attacked by these weird creatures called Collectors who appear to travel in and out of the galaxy through an unusable Relay (unusable because everyone who's followed them back through has never been seen again). So that's where Shepard comes in- Build a team of Mercs, gain their loyalty- travel through the Relay and find out what's going on.
The gameplay is one of the most varied I have ever enjoyed- missions mostly involve third-person, over-the-shoulder shooter style running and gunning, but they are heavily interspersed with basic puzzle solving, fallout style conversation choices, flying a hovership, flying a floating car through a vast planet/city (think Corussant), exploration, collectables and much, much more. There are also four hub-world marketplaces for upgrades, purchaces and side missions. The galaxy is completely traversable from the bridge of your starship which you can wander round at will to interact with the crew and speak with your new recruits.
The story is rewarding- you have a mission to find and enlist each of nine mercenaries and then a seperate mission to gain the loyalty of each one and some of these are some of the greatest moments in gaming I have ever played- Jacob searching for his father in the wreckage of a crashed ship on the beach of a tropical planet, Jack returning to the rain-soaked facility where she was drugged and tortured, Samara hunting for her violent and psychotic daughter through a seedy nightclub on an asteroid, classic gaming.
The graphics are fantastic when they need to be (looking out of windows, on planet surfaces, cut-scenes) and smooth and clean for everything else.
In terms of scope, I clocked in my first full playthrough at 47 hours! I did every single side mission and spent a lot of time managing inventories (which I don't think pauses the clock, wierdly), but I honestly didn't get bored and miss not playing it now that it's all over...
In summary- Story is fantastic, Graphics are good, Gameplay is satisfying and the variety of it all is the icing on the cake. An amazing game!
one extra note- I've never played the first game and didn't have the intro comic (its a DLC) when I started and I followed the story fine so don't worry!


Castlevania - Lords of Shadow (PS3)
Castlevania - Lords of Shadow (PS3)
Offered by Game Dealz
Price: 14.49

3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Super Castlevania 33!!, 7 Jan 2011
= Fun:5.0 out of 5 stars 
This game is fantastic, there's no other way of putting it! It's huge- and not just in terms of the vast 12 chapter story with 3 to 8 levels per chapter, oh no, I mean HUGE. To platinum it even the best gamers will be looking at at least 3 or 4 full play-throughs but don't let that put you off, by the time I had reached chapter 5 I had replayed some previous levels 3 or 4 times and they still hadn't got old on me. The reason?- it's so much fun! As you progress you unlock more weapons, health upgrades, magic upgrades and abilities meaning that to go back and play a previous level is always easier, plus each time you complete a level you unlock a challenge for the next time you play it and these can range from things like killing 10 Goblins with their own grenades to defeating level bosses without using magic, solving puzzles in an exact number of moves or destroying a titan within a time limit. Because things get easier as you upgrade you feel obliged to go back on yourself in order to make progressing easier- it rewards itself and is very satisfying! The story is excellent, classic Castlevania (at least for the first 2/3 of the game) and the graphics are unbelievable- there's levels you'll want to play simply to marvel at the stunning views; the approach to the vampire castle in the snowy european mountains being a highlight.
The gameplay is classic 'hack and slash', the natural predecessor of the side scroller in my opinion, and done expertly. As to whether this is true to Castlevania? YES!! this game is pure Castlevania- Vampires, werewolves, the grim reaper, Carmilla, castles, the Vampire Killer whip, the music, bosses, there's at least a hundred nods to previous games. The only thing that gives it 4 stars and not five is the third act (the land of the dead) which is not as grand as the two previous areas and, although well done, takes the story away from where other Castlevania games would've gone.
Overall well worth buying and playing for hours and hours and hours...


Green Lantern: Tales of the Sinestro Corps (Hardcover)
Green Lantern: Tales of the Sinestro Corps (Hardcover)
by Geoff Johns
Edition: Hardcover

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Superboy Prime is THE all time best DC 'villain', 24 April 2009
'Tales of the Sinestro corps' collects the five one shot sinestro corps specials- Cyborg Superman, Superman Prime, Ion, Parallax and Secrets & Origins. It represents a companion piece to the two Sinestro Corps war Graphic novels. Obviously, being a companion piece, these stories aren't essential reading but realistically if you're enough of a fan to buy both volume one and two you've GOT to buy this one, why wouldn't you? Not only are the stories entertaining and revelatory, they're really well drawn and universal to GL reading- the Secrets and Origins has an index of EVERY known Green Lantern that's ever been, every Yellow Lantern, the Guardians, Known areas of space, it's an absolute must have.
My own personal reason for loving it so much is for everything involving Superboy Prime- you find out what happens between him sitting on the moon and waiting to attack earth and him being armourless and punching Sodam Yat (a major plot gap for me when i was reading)- it's awesome because he faces off against everyone he had a run in with on earth in Infinite Crisis, and you see real emotion and motivation for his charecter- something people always complain about him not having.
over all well worth it if you have the other two volumes- probably not good to read before those though (it gives stuff away about the ending) but certainly a GL fan's must have.


Superman Brainiac HC (Superman Limited Gns (DC Comics R))
Superman Brainiac HC (Superman Limited Gns (DC Comics R))
by Gary Frank
Edition: Hardcover

5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Geoff Johns' Action Comics run: part 2, 11 April 2009
'Superman: Brainiac' collects the next six issues of Action Comics following on from 'Superman and The Legion of Superheroes', making it volume 2 of Geoff Johns' long awaited run on the comic. the story is part of a reboot of Superman following Infinite Crisis and can be confusing if you watch too much of the animated series, or have only sporadically read superman comics up to this point.
Brainiac is partly a Coluan, partly a computer- Superman's faced off with him loads before- but has he really? he also now DOESN'T know about the bottle city of Kandor or the origins of Supergirl. so a few things different, just like LOSH, but Johns is good at exactly this- taking a familiar character and reinventing him and reinventing all his villians too. Superman so far isn't as good as his run on Green Lantern but that's irrelevent- his work is better than all other DC writers even on a bad day so who cares? the story has plenty of excellent cliffhangers and shocking revelations, great action pieces and, as you might expect from Johns, ties loads of his own work, in particular; 'Superman: Last Son' which he wrote with Richard Donner and which is often disregarded in terms of Superman cannon but the Zod and Ursa are the same ones from his origin story in Last Son without a doubt.
the artwork is again by Gary Frank, just as in LOSH, and again works perfectly with the open, simple storytelling. Frank draws superman to look a bit like Christopher Reeve as well (another nod to Richard Donner i think)and in this one i couldn't help but see a definite resemblance with his Lois to the original movie Lois.
overall an excellent addition to any Geoff Johns library but unfortunately makes you badly want the next one- New Krypton!


Superman & the Legion of Superheroes
Superman & the Legion of Superheroes
by Geoff Johns
Edition: Hardcover

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars finally there., 1 April 2009
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Geoff Johns has apparently wanted to write Action Comics since he joined DC and now his wish has come true- being Geoff though, he put the background work in early and has managed to create this huge collective story arc of which this is a central part.
Superman and The Legion of Superheroes collects the first six issues of Geoff's run on Action Comics. it follows on from his JSA/JLA crossover The Lightning Saga and acts as part 2 of a trilogy culminating in Final Crisis: Legion of Three Worlds. the story tells of superman fighting a robot in the streets of Metropolis only to discover it has been sent from the 31st Century by Brainiac 5 to ask for Superman's help in the future. the encounter unlocks hidden memories in Clark of his childhood with the legion which we discover through flashbacks. Superman goes to the future to discover his legacy has been altered by a legion reject to suit his own ends. the adventure to redeem himself and restore the legion is classic Johns: fast paced, big revelations and constant use of DC history. the artwork is by Gary Frank who's very neat and detailed and perfectly suits the comic.
overall it's a definite for a Johns fan- it's not amazing as a stand alone but not so much because of the size of it, more that it's impossible to resist carrying on into the next story(Brainiac) and the next(New Krypton) but still an awesome starting point for what's easily some of Geoff's best work- you can really tell he finally got his wish with this and is writing something that's always been his goal.


Ben 10 (PSP)
Ben 10 (PSP)
Offered by Entertainment Hub Ltd
Price: 14.89

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars good enough (better than a lot of others), 22 Mar 2009
= Fun:3.0 out of 5 stars 
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This review is from: Ben 10 (PSP) (Video Game)
first lets be crystal clear- this is a game marketed for kids. so with that in mind what do you expect from a platformer? on the PSP what i've come to expect from platformers is long levels of fighting the same skill level baddies one after the other using the same single button and then meeting a boss- finding the right combination of buttons to attack and defend, and repeat. lengthy super-CGI cut scenes and virtually no environment interaction except for smashing crates/boxes/barrels to collect health ('Force Unleashed' and 'MARVEL Ultimate Alliance' both spring to mind). compared to all this Ben 10 is excellent- the levels are relatively short, you face increasingly tougher and different looking baddies on EACH level, there is genuine interaction similar in places to Lego (moving boulders to trigger doors, jumping on hidden ledges to find hidden treasure, etc) the story is as good as the show so if you're a fan you'll naturally enjoy it, the cut scenes are rubbish but at least they're short and above all this and what gives the game a true edge is the Omnitrix.
The Omnitrix is Ben's wrist weapon that stores alien bodies that he can morph into at any time by hitting the R button- think of Lego when you can swap charecters in freeplay only this is story mode, but these aren't just clones with different weapons; this is more like playing Ultimate Alliance but having 6 superheroes rather than 4. Each one has unique skills, abilities, strengths, combo's, it's amazing. XLR8 is super fast and you can map out his route around a group of enemies then let him go and he blasts past them and knocks them all down, Heatblast can glide and shot fireballs, Fourarms is bulky and super strong, etc.
The game is easy, the levels are short and the block (holding down the L button) makes you invincible but i think that's one of the reasons the game is so much fun- this is one to play to relax, one for the bus ride if you're addicted to this style of gameplay. it's not so much that its great or even good, it's just not bad.


All Star Batman and Robin
All Star Batman and Robin
by Frank Miller
Edition: Hardcover

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Imagine it drawn by Frank, 25 Jan 2009
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i enjoyed it- there's a kind of reckless fun involved in Frank miller's Batman- not just literally but in the dispensing of DC rules. the story follows Batman in his 'Year Two' in which he is forced to train Dick earlier than he'd already planned due to the untimely death of Dicks parents. Millers Batman is far more aggressive than any other incarnation but he's no different in this than in Dark Knight Returns- he battles with himself within his own thoughts where he remains the batman we know and love- he regularly asks himself if what he's doing is right or wrong; the act he's playing to tune Dick into what he wants for him and what he believes will help Dick deal with the loss of his parents. Miller uses HIS favourite DC extras, just like he's always done- Black Canary for the most part, and builds on themes of his own later-set mythology (in particular Batman's manipulation of Superman and Superman and Wonder Woman's relationship with each other). i have a theory that one of the reasons it hasn't been so well recieved is Jim Lee doing the art. Jim Lee is amazing- his artwork is incredible but Miller doesn't really go for realistic, he goes for wild and exaggerated- Jim Lee puts to much of a detail onto it and makes it seem unrealistically violent and over-the-top. if Frank had drawn it himself i think it would've been much better- his covers he did for the comics themselves prove that for me. i read it knowing it wasn't DC canon Batman and loved it- like watching Batman Begins and The Dark Knight- they aren't true to canon but they're awesome takes on the mythos- same here i thought. if you have the other three Frank Miller Batman novels then you can't NOT get this, it just fits with them perfectly.


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