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Yoshi's Woolly World (Nintendo Wii U)
Yoshi's Woolly World (Nintendo Wii U)
Offered by Level99Games
Price: £34.35

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best platform games on any console., 5 Oct. 2015
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Don't let the cute visuals fool you, this is a great game for any age and has a huge difficulty curve. It helpfully contains a special easy mode for the younger or easily frustrated players, which allows you to hover for a bit, but even on this mode you will find it difficult as it gets on, particularly if you are trying to track down everything. This isn't a game for everyone, your typical call of Duty fanboy isn't going to be impressed for instance (Despite the crisp beautiful HD graphics) but if you have ever played and loved a platform game, particularly any of the earlier Yoshi games, then its a fantastic throw back to the type of game "they just don;t make anymore" and well worth your time and money.


Splinter the Silence: (Tony Hill and Carol Jordan, Book 9)
Splinter the Silence: (Tony Hill and Carol Jordan, Book 9)
Price: £3.99

3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Flawed followup with some interest for fans, but nothing for newcomers., 5 Oct. 2015
Not much I can say that hasn't been said already, but it may help some people so here goes.
First of all, this is in some ways a return to form for Tony and Carol, and yet also is so far off the mark in other respects. I have to admit, as much as I love the series (it inspired me to learn forensic psychology and profiling after all) the last few novels (bar one) have really failed to inspire. Retribution was a good entry, but felt for me like the end of a series which had by that point been a bit lax, (I can't remember the name of the one with the football stadium bomber but it was downhill from there) especially as it was harking back to one of the original killers, (albeit one that was inspired by a now disgraced personality that was in the news, so was topical interest) but Cross and Burn seemed more like a book version of the infamous Hollywood "sequel/reboots" namely in trying to find a way to bring them all together again, despite the devastating consequences of the previous novel, to the point of even "introducing" a character not created by McDermid but already established on the TV show, and making it clear on her feelings of said character.
Splinter the Silence follows on in this vein, using even more ludricous techniques to bring Tony and Carol back together, and hinting at possible reboots, with a Blues brothers esque "getting the band back together" When it comes to the characterisation of tony and Carol it is very good, showing how damaged their relationship had become, but needs to spend so much time on this (and still feels rushed after two novels) that it forgets everything else, meaning a poorly developed antagonist, (usually there is an actual who dunnit element, in this it appears that Val suddenly remembered she had to catch a killer as well and added him last minute) and a seemingly rushed ending (deadline looming??) which limit the enjoyment somewhat.
Some people have moaned about the feminist agenda here or the references to the Lesbian and gay lifestyles. I am not going to lie, these are present, but this is something that has always been present in this series (and indeed some of McDermid's other work) and isn't as intrusive as people will have you believe. that said, for a newcomer it could be alienating, but this is clearly not written for newcomers (who would be lost after only the first few pages) so if you are looking to start reading the Tony Hill/Carol Jordan Series, I would recommend one of the earlier ones, which show you how good they can be.


Make Me: (Jack Reacher 20)
Make Me: (Jack Reacher 20)
by Lee Child
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £10.00

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good for fans, but the beginning of the end?, 5 Oct. 2015
Just finished this and pleased to say this is the best Reacher novel for a long time, where we get to see more the investigative side of Reacher, rather than the shoot now ask questions later side, (which does still make an appearance but not as much as in previous stories).
Much has been said in other reviews about the humanising of Reachers character, whilst it doesn't seem entirely unnatural, it does give the impression at a couple of moments, that the Reacher stories may be winding down. Previously he could walk into any room, fight any number of "bad guys" and walk out unscathed, here its more of a risk at times, even to the point of making him appear vulnerable at points, and there areeven hints that he is thinking of "settling down"!
These however are not bad points, as other than this "Make Me" is exactly what you would expect from Reacher, the lone drifter coming to a small mid american town with a secret, a series of coincidences that bring him into the mystery, a msyterious, and highly beddable woman who acts as both his aide and lover, and a formulaic by the numbers big action showdown at the end, with one eye clearly on the amount of zeroes on the cheque from Hollywood.
That said, this is the 20th novel in the series and as formulaic as it is, this is what has kept it selling for so long, so you know what to expect, but the humanising of the character makes this far more interesting in my opinion.
The story is traditional Reacher fare, albeit with a modern twist, although does explore some darker territory than some of the remaining series, which can be forgettable at times (I can't even remember the main plot strand of the last one) but fans of the work and newcomers alike (although if new I would recommend starting with the Killing Floor, as after all it is the first published and is a fine introduction to the character being in first person, unlike this ones third) will enjoy it. Like most of the recent efforts it does start to lag slightly in the middle, and some more judicious cutting could have helped, especially as there are instances where dialogue, scenes, and even paragraphs seem to repeat themselves, from not just earlier novels, but this one itself (I lost count of the amount of times there was a passage about how good the sex was after multiple times). This and the seeming need to want to ground Reacher more do make me wonder if Lee Child is getting a bit bored with his most famous creation now, (We did have a Reichenbach falls moment several books ago) and is just doing this by the numbers, but as long as they remain as good as this one, we can wring out a couple of more stories from him yet.


Worth Dying For (Jack Reacher, Book 15)
Worth Dying For (Jack Reacher, Book 15)
Price: £4.99

5.0 out of 5 stars this is one of the better ones. It is typical Reacher fair, 7 Aug. 2015
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Whilst Some of the later Reachers have been a bit hit and miss, this is one of the better ones. It is typical Reacher fair,, with him arriving in a small town to discover a large conspiracy, but the actual reasoning behind it this time round is far more substantial and worthy than some of the previous efforts. No spoilers here, but the title gives a good reason for the lengths Reacher goes through. its formulaic sure, and if you have ever read a previous reacher novel you will know exactly what to expect, but if you are a fan then its well worth a read.
Please note that if you are a new reader this does make reference to some of the events of the previous book. These are fairly insubstantial, mainly referring to the injuries Reacher has and the fact he is heading to virginia (itself a story line which carries on over to book 17 (16 is a prequel) ) so shouldn't limit your enjoyment, but you may feel that you don;t have a complete story or background as there is little explanation for it.


Rare Replay (Xbox One)
Rare Replay (Xbox One)
Offered by BellaLuna
Price: £8.95

18 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars If you like games..., 6 Aug. 2015
I didn't purchase through amazon but rather through digital download and was lucky enough to be able to start playing a few hours earlier than release.
so what to say about this. First off as others have noted here, a lot of this will hinge on nostalgia, some of the older games are not that clear in what you need to do to play them, and much to the detriment of call of duty playing 12 year olds everywhere are actually very difficult! (Fans of battletoads can relate)
Luckily the collection has added a few nice features, you can add "cheats" for instance , increasing your lives, or energy and can rewind the game if you make a mistake, which is nice in this time of easy quick saves as otherwise the majority of people will not be able to get through these. (And even then its a challenge)
But what really makes it worth it is for the later games in the rare collection. Conkers bad fur day (which is in its earlier incarnation rather than the xbox remake) would be worth the price alone, as would the original perfect dark (play it on special agent for a new game experience) and the banjo games (perhaps not nuts and bolts but there is a level of depth there i didn't quite notice the first time round) but i have also come a cross a few understated gems, most specifically Kameo, which I missed on its first outing but is a fantastic (and very colourful and attractive looking) game, that even comes close to matching the current gen in graphical quality. (if that's your thing)
These are just the main games themselves, but where this collection really shines is in the extras. Lots of additional footage of the hsitroy of rare, including some previously unseen games which can all be unlocked by earning "stamps" for carrying out certain tasks, and , if you are in a hurry, the highlights mode, which provide you with specific tasks to carry out on certain games. These start out fairly easy but get increasingly challenging as the game goes on.
Plus, in case you aren't aware, if you are a fan of Killer Instinct and also have this then you can unlock a special preview version of the new character from battletoads!
So this game isn't pushing the xbox one to its limits (although the emulation is very impressive, the n64 games are running on an n64 emulator for instance) but if you have any love or interest in gaming, then this is a must buy!
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The House of Silk: The Bestselling Sherlock Holmes Novel
The House of Silk: The Bestselling Sherlock Holmes Novel
Price: £1.99

4.0 out of 5 stars The games afoot., 23 Feb. 2013
So I am a fan of Anthony Horowitz's Alex Rider series, and a huge fan of Conan Doyle, particularly Sherlock Holmes, but like with every new adaptation/interpretation I was a little apprehensive. However, this time there was no need to be as the end result is more Sherlock (BBC) than elementary. Written as all the classics are from the point of view of Watson, Horowitz captures the essence of the character perfectly. At times it could be Conan Doyle himself writing the words and its good to see all of the regulars here. The "New" adventure is justified by Watson as being unable to publish until this point, and the case is suitably large scale enough to justify this decision, and shows a seedier side of Victorian London that Conan Doyle could never have depicted in his day. However this is in part also one of the failings, as at times it represents a modern crime drama like csi and the like. modernity also creeps into Watson and indeed Holmes themselves, with detailed descriptions of London and in particular their concern over the plight of the homeless and wretched of the city, which seems out of place, almost political propaganda flung into a Victorian setting. These scenes are few and far between however and any true fan of Holmes can do far worst than reading this lost tale, if this is Horowitz's first take , then I can't wait for the 2nd act. As Holmes would say, 'The game is afoot Watson'


Nothing Lasts Forever (The book that inspired the movie Die Hard) (Basis for the Film Die Hard 1)
Nothing Lasts Forever (The book that inspired the movie Die Hard) (Basis for the Film Die Hard 1)
Price: £4.29

4.0 out of 5 stars Yipee Kay Ay, 23 Feb. 2013
So I admit that I bought this as I am a big fan if Die Hard and if it wasn't for that I probably wouldn't have given this the time of day, as its not my sort of novel, but I am glad I did as it was a nice piece of escapism, and was good to see the inspiration behind my favourite action movie. Sure it was strange reading scenes that are pretty much identical in some moments with different characters and names, and it is hard to pinpoint the era, with the main character having been a pilot in ww2, but it was good for a little light reading. Yes it is horribly trashy and if i am honest pretty bad in places ( horribly misogynistic)but like the film if you disengage your brain for a bit you can just sit back and enjoy.


A Long Way Down
A Long Way Down
Price: £3.99

3.0 out of 5 stars Life goes on, 23 Feb. 2013
This review is from: A Long Way Down (Kindle Edition)
So suffering from depression myself and reading this around New Year's Eve, when this was set, made this rather personal at times, and I felt the characters were all well defined and strongly written, however unlike other Hornby novel's, there was a distinct lack of humour, moments true, but they seemed to be outweighed by the issues of the characters themselves (which topically include a disgraced tv presenter), and it also suffered from what appears to be a Hornby trait (king suffers for it too) in that once again it appears that the author had no idea when or how to end the novel, making it all somewhat anticlimactic. Still an enjoyable read however like all Hornby novels (and still better than how to be good) so well worth a read if you are a fan.


Witch Hunt
Witch Hunt
Price: £1.61

3.0 out of 5 stars Spellbinding but slow, 23 Feb. 2013
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This review is from: Witch Hunt (Kindle Edition)
Whilst ultimately I enjoyed the story and it was very well researched, there is a lot of exposition and repetition which seems like padding, elements of the story didn't quite come together and whilst it all appeared to tie in at the end did seem to me like an author cobbling it together as they went, leaving some more interesting aspects by the way side, and leading to a rather anticlimactic and pointless ending. The first person narration for the most part is good, but also has moments of hindsight used as cliffhangers, which come across as amateurish. Despite this I thought the story itself was good and there are some true horror elements within this, the true tales of the persecution of witchcraft amongst them, so deserves a read if you are into this sort thing, just don't expect the next big thing from this.


Ethnography: Principles in Practice
Ethnography: Principles in Practice
Price: £31.63

3 of 6 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars useless for work purposes, 6 Jun. 2012
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This is the review for the kindle edition, which I bought as it was more convenient than a text book, and would allow me to highlight text etc for usage as quotes etc. However it appears that it doesn't contain page numbers, so as such if a quote is required, it is impossible to reference this correctly which will require the use of the book itself. I've no idea what the textbook itself is like as I haven't yet read it, (its required as part of my course as someone has already mentioned) but please bear this in mind before purchasing the kindle version
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