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The Martian
The Martian
by Andy Weir
Edition: Hardcover
Price: 6.00

9 of 16 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Utterly without character or atmosphere, 16 Mar 2014
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This novel reads like a physics textbook and a pretty bad one at that. Weir treats his novel like a problem in an exam, and while he baffles and bores us with unnecessary detail his apparently clever solutions often seem deeply flawed. Meanwhile, we get no glimpse of character either from the lone astronaut stranded on Mars or those on earth trying to rescue him. Everyone is a two dimensional cardboard cutout, their dialogue painfully stilted and clunky. Asimov excelled in scifi because he always found the human angle to make it relevant: Weir's solution is to remove it completely. It's hard to see how you can take an idea like being stranded on Mars and make it painfully boring, but somehow he's managed it. Unless you love your physics and maths problems, avoid.


End of Watch [DVD] [2012]
End of Watch [DVD] [2012]
Dvd ~ Jake Gyllenhaal
Price: 5.00

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Touching, funny and brilliant, 1 Oct 2013
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End of Watch is described as one of the best cop movies ever, and unusually for blurb on a DVD box that's 100 per cent accurate. Basically a series of vignettes covering what it is to be a cop in LA, culminating in a gut punch finale which will leave you feeling the room just got pretty dusty.

Genius.


Bad Monkeys
Bad Monkeys
Price: 4.12

5.0 out of 5 stars Part Fight Club, part something else, 24 Aug 2013
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A cracking novel which sets off at a breakneck pace and keeps you guessing right to the final twist within a twist within a twist. If you like stories like Fight Club and 12 Monkeys, where you're never sure if the protagonist is crazy or not, this book is for you. Begging to be made into a decent movie!


The Vikings (Elite)
The Vikings (Elite)
by Ian Heath
Edition: Paperback
Price: 11.26

5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent introduction to the Vikings, 24 Aug 2013
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A great overview with some absolutely fantastic illustrations, this book is a hugely useful introduction to the Vikings and their culture. Unsurprisingly, it focuses more on the military aspects of their society, but is still an entertaining and informative read.


METRO 2033
METRO 2033
Price: 5.99

4.0 out of 5 stars Very, very Russian, 22 Aug 2013
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Metro, like the journey of its protagonist, sometimes seems to be taking far too long to get to where it needs to go. But despite this, it's an engaging book with a downbeat twist which will have you banging your head against a table. Glukhovsky paints a convincing nightmare world of conflicting stations and ideologies, where the humans are too busy bickering amongst themselves to face up to the bigger threats around them. Along the way, he touches on religion, philosophy, the role of Fate and of course mushroom tea. Not as action-packed as the game of the same name might lead you to expect, but an interesting journey full of interesting characters, each with a unique perspective. Basically, if part of humanity ever evolved into something better, the rest of us would probably try to kill it.


Touchstone (4. Station at the End of Time)
Touchstone (4. Station at the End of Time)
Price: 1.80

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A cracking, spooky read with some great twists, 9 May 2013
Touchstone 4 is the latest in Andy Conway's always excellent time travel series, but this story goes in a slightly different direction which gives it a far spookier feel. To say more would be a spoiler, but suffice to say this is an eerie ghost story with a couple of great twists to keep you on your toes once you think you've worked it out. It oozes atmosphere, reminiscent of old TV shows like Sapphire and Steel or the Twilight Zone.

As ever, it's a cracking read which never really stops for breath, exactly like the freight train bearing down on the protaganist's grandmother. Even if you haven't read the other books in the series, there's a strong enough story here to hook you in and keep you there until the twisted climax.

Touchstone 4 also comes with a bonus short story which is a real head-wrecker. Worth the price for that alone...


Twilight Imperium
Twilight Imperium
Offered by Buy-For-Less-Online
Price: 59.95

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Complex but a huge amount of fun, 6 May 2013
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Expensive, but worth it if you're looking for a complex, involving board game which has everything from space battles to planetary invasions and back-stabbing galactic politics. Players each control a faction carving out control of a shattered galactic empire. The game is designed to ensure there's plenty of friction from the word go, and though players can form alliances in the end there will only be one winner.

Its complexity means it's also time-consuming: half a day for a three to four player game, and the more players you add the longer it takes. With expansions you can have up to eight players -- which means writing off your entire weekend!

There are pale copies of TI out there, but this game really is the daddy.


The Girl with the Bomb Inside (a punk song)
The Girl with the Bomb Inside (a punk song)
Price: 1.97

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A punchy journey into a teenager's worst nightmare, 25 Mar 2011
Not normally my sort of thing, but The Girl With The Bomb Inside is delivered in such a punchy, gritty style it's hard to set aside. This is the first thing I've downloaded for Kindle - I read it on my iPhone and the pace and chapter length works perfectly for a mobile device. Conway's crisp, staccato prose delivers the chapters in suitably bite-sized chunks, but the real skill is the way he weaves those chunks into a satisfying whole. The story paints a bleak, emotionally biting picture of a teenage outsider facing his worst nightmare. A story of hidden rage and lost potential, it's got a suitable kick in the tail. A steal at the price.


ION Digital Drumkit XBOX360 For RockBand Guitar Hero WT + (IED07)
ION Digital Drumkit XBOX360 For RockBand Guitar Hero WT + (IED07)

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Pricey, but worth it, 1 Feb 2009
= Fun:5.0 out of 5 stars 
If you're into drumming with Rock Band, this will take your experience to a whole new level. It's expensive, that's for sure, but you're paying for quality. Quieter pads that feel better to play; a sturdy metal bass pedal and the addition of two 'cymbals' transforms the drumming experience. Everything is fully adjustable, which you need to do to get the best out of the Rocker. It'll take maybe an hour to put together the first time, and make sure you use the little wrench that's included to tighten the frame. My only criticism is that it can come apart easily when being moved, so take care with it. But there's a major 'wow' factor with this kit - your groupies will be even more impressed than usual!


Coffin Case Branded Mic & Stick Bag (Xbox 360)
Coffin Case Branded Mic & Stick Bag (Xbox 360)
Offered by Piranha Technology
Price: 1.75

4 of 9 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Not much more than a gimmick, 1 Feb 2009
= Fun:1.0 out of 5 stars 
This bag is much smaller than it appears on the site, just about big enough for you to fit your sticks and mic into. It's not going to hold the drum kit, even though it sounds like it might from the description. After only using it twice the zip on mine has split, so the overall quality is pretty questionable. My advice is to avoid this product: get yourself a bigger carrybag for the drum kit as a whole and all your peripherals can go in there too.


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