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Yamaha PSR-E343 Portable Keyboard
Yamaha PSR-E343 Portable Keyboard
Offered by Chamberlain Music
Price: £151.00

4.0 out of 5 stars Great keyboard, 5 Nov 2014
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We love this keyboard. I've had it a few months now and it's an excellent piece of kit. Both my elder son and I are learning to play on it and I also use it for singing warm-ups etc. It's hugely versatile, has many great voices and the manual takes you through the impressive array of functions nice and simply. Highly recommended.
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The End
The End
by Gary McMahon
Edition: Paperback
Price: £10.99

4.0 out of 5 stars Grim, grisly, apocalyptic novel bursting with good ideas, 28 Oct 2014
This review is from: The End (Paperback)
The End rattles along at a furious pace, perfect for the speed of societal collapse McMahon describes in his apocalyptic novel. It was a compelling read, the characters engaging, their plight increasingly desperate. Every page seemed to bring new horror, new challenges and sets of appalling choices to make. The psychological and emotional scarring of the central characters is very well picked out and I was left saddened by the hollowing out of what had been decent, ordinary people when the book began. Lovely stuff. I have one criticism - I wanted the book to be longer so McMahon had more time to investigate the great ideas and situations he created. Highly recommended.

The Clown Service
The Clown Service
by Guy Adams
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £10.39

2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Adams at his best., 11 Oct 2013
This review is from: The Clown Service (Hardcover)
The Clown Service is Adams' best book yet. It's packed with the kind of sharp, witty, descriptive prose for which Adams is rightly lauded. It's full of verve and energy, with wonderfully vivid characters, a clever premise and it mucks about gleefully with life, death and time. Please let this be the first in a series of books about August Shining (best old spy name ever) and Toby Greene...

by Joseph D'Lacey
Edition: Paperback

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A truly gruesome and grotesque tale, 28 Aug 2009
This review is from: Meat (Paperback)
I enjoyed this book very much in the main. Very well written for a debut. The premise and the unfolding horror are handled extremely well and the reality, when it is fully revealed is as gut-churning as it should be.

I felt the book slightly lost its way towards the end but take nothing away from D'Lacey's first novel, it is well worth reading and exposes realities while speculating on futures and wondering about the understanding of creatures we assume to be dumb.

Half-Life 2 (DVD ROM)
Half-Life 2 (DVD ROM)

5.0 out of 5 stars Still the benchmark, 18 Mar 2008
= Fun:5.0 out of 5 stars 
This review is from: Half-Life 2 (DVD ROM) (Video Game)
Half Life 2 is a fabulous game. There is so little to fault about it (maybe the slightly daft levels before the final showdown) that to do so like I just have is quibbling, really.

Well-paced storyline, credible enemies, good voice acting, useful cut scenes and above all that, stunning, exciting and breathless gameplay. I have not played a better FPS than this and I've been through many. It is far better than Crysis, better even (just) than Far Cry. It leaves Halo eating dust. I could go on.

I can't really pick out a best scene or level. Driving the jetski and the dune buggy were exhilarating. Fighting in Ravenshome (sp?) was genuinely creepy particularly as the ammo got low. Fighting the combine with a team supporting you was pulsating at times.

A must buy for any FPS fan. Probably better to get the Orange Box now of course because of all else you get. As for Steam? Irritating and intrusive, well yes, but I had no problems running the game at all. And you can always uninstall when you've finished the game.

Crysis (PC DVD)
Crysis (PC DVD)
Offered by Digizoneuk
Price: £14.99

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Great in parts, just rubbish in others, 18 Mar 2008
= Fun:3.0 out of 5 stars 
This review is from: Crysis (PC DVD) (Computer Game)
...and that's the shame of this game, for me. I really wanted to love it and early levels are fabulous. The nano suit is a breath of fresh air and marshalling resources so you don't end up out of cover when your cloak runs out of juice, for instance, adds much to the experience.

But about two thirds of the way in, it just gets silly. Levels like tank driving and VTOL piloting were frustrating and pointless. And having the game end by killing a couple of uber-enemies showed a lack of imagination. I really hoped that this wouldn't be a game that led up to destroying the big monster to win. But that's what happened.

So much promise. Fabulous graphics, good weapons, decent cut scenes and (mostly) storyline. But in the end, it was a let down. The levels on the aircraft carrier could have been utterly amazing. Visually, they were. Gameplay wise, not so.

Should you be put off buying? No. I've played far worse games than this. And it really is half a great game. But temper your expectations. Crysis does not live up to the hype.

The Blade Itself: The First Law: Book One: Book One of The First Law (GOLLANCZ S.F.)
The Blade Itself: The First Law: Book One: Book One of The First Law (GOLLANCZ S.F.)
by Joe Abercrombie BA
Edition: Paperback

7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Really promising debut, 6 Mar 2007
Most agree (with the exception of young Scurry below) that Joe Abercrombie has written a fine book. I think so too. Can't give it five stars because I have an issue with books that are so open-ended. And I'll tell Joe that. In fact I probably already have.

But hey, don't let that stop you reading this blisteringly fast, absorbing first novel. Lovely characterisation and fine action sequences. Brutal, funny, quirky and intelligent. He can write, this fella and more will enjoy his work than don't.


by Eric Brown
Edition: Paperback

18 of 21 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great ideas, compelling vision of future earth, 23 May 2000
This review is from: Engineman (Paperback)
I'll keep it short. If you can get hold of a copy of this book, do so and read it. Brown's vision of Earth and the colonisation of the galaxy is as frightening as it is compelling. The action is fast and the warnings about uncontrolled use of little understood technology and the potential power of huge corporations are timeless.
This is an excellent novel.

The Descent
The Descent
by Jeff Long
Edition: Paperback

4.0 out of 5 stars Great pace, great fun, 29 Oct 1999
This review is from: The Descent (Paperback)
This book has one of the best opening chapters I've read in an action thriller and the pace hardly lets up. Yes, perhaps some of the science isn't realised as it might be but who cares when the tale of hell on earth (or rather under it) is written with such gusto.
The Descent is sheer entertainment from start to finish and while not every character is quite credible, the whole is seriously good fun to read. Buy it, put your feet up and escape into another world.

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