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Vulkan Lives (The Horus Heresy)
Vulkan Lives (The Horus Heresy)
by Nick Kyme
Edition: Paperback
Price: 12.99

3.0 out of 5 stars The novel felt like: "Vulcan lives. He's over here. He's not really doing much.", 4 Sep 2014
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I found it an okay read, but I was left feeling somewhat underwhelmed.

Sadly, the book's primary POV character, Vulcan, spends much of the book in 'same scene, different location' syndrome. A prisoner of Konrad Curze, he moves between several different locations which all repeat the same pattern: Vulcan's inner monologue, trying not to lose his mind, and Curze being nihilistic to the point of being two dimensional. Things get intriguing between the two characters in their final scene, but by that point the book is in the final chapter.

I found myself comparing the novel to "Fulgrim", in which the character arc felt much more satisfying. Vulcan's story feels comparatively static. The novel felt like: "Vulcan lives. He's over here. He's not really doing much."

*character description spoilerish thing here* I was initially elated on the discovery that one of the characters was revealed to be John Grammaticus, previously in the "Legion" novel. But was then disappointed at how underutilized he was in the story. Within Legion, we're treated frequently to his inner-thoughts and occasional bravado, looking to "live a little before I die". But within this novel he's generally just shepherded from place to place by the Space Marines, without becoming integrated into the story. With a confusing sub-plot about something his witnessed once as a boy. I feel this was an excellent character, mishandled. Had he stayed apart from Astartes, following his own agenda, it could have been better.

But lastly, a gem of a character turned up in the form of 'The Huntsman', Barthusa Narek. A Word Bearer marine with a disdain for the zealotry of his legion, and a suggested reverence for The Emperor's divinity that borderlines being a Loyalist on the wrong side. But his conclusion isn't so much a cliffhanger as, "oh he's wandered over here to do a thing". It's an interesting thing, sure, but his character arc felt like it stopped two thirds in. But I'm hoping to see this character in the future.

Utopia [DVD]
Utopia [DVD]
Dvd ~ Alexandra Roach
Price: 9.99

10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant, 8 Mar 2013
This review is from: Utopia [DVD] (DVD)
Brilliant, absolutely brilliant! Enjoyed this more than I did BBC Sherlock.

The series concerns a unique graphic novel, known as the "Utopia experiments", rumored to have predicted some of the worst viral disasters of the 20th century. And how anyone with the novel has their life crash down around them as a result of a mysterious and extremely powerful secret organization searching for it.

Particular praise to the camera work. The run down and dilapidated filming locations in contrast to sterile and clean office areas, giving the world a sense of impending doom. Performances were universally excellent, with particular praise to Neil Maskell as Arby and Fiona O'Shaughnessy as Jessica Hyd.

Fiona gave her character an otherworldly, almost alien feel...which perfectly encapsulated her character's tortured history as it was revealed to the audience. And Neil's character, right from the first scene, exuded menace and danger. Like an asthmatic personification of death. His simple screen presence made the air heavy and usually meant death for anyone sharing the scene.

Do not miss this series. Hell of a ride.

X3: Terran War Pack (PC DVD)
X3: Terran War Pack (PC DVD)
Offered by PNA247
Price: 19.00

12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent fun, if you put the time into it, 10 Feb 2013
= Fun:4.0 out of 5 stars 
First off, this game is superb, but is a very slow burn. This isn't a title for those who want a quick fix of entertainment. It's for those who like methodical and grand strategies. Those who like to see a plan come together gradually over time. To illustrate:

- Starting a new game, you'll have a battered old ship. You'll ferret out little opportunities and explore the (astonishingly huge) galactic map. A few hours later, you'd have bought upgrades for your ship, then a jumpdrive to move through the galaxy faster. Then an NPC ship to back you up. Then another one. Then another.

- Eventually you'll have a small company of traders. And the game turns from trading to economic management. You'll build orbital factories, asteroid mines & farms. Then sell goods to other trade ships.

- Eventually you'll have a corporation with a hundreds ships & facilities. You'll build a headquarters. Manufacture wings of fighters and capital ships to patrol your trade routes. Your home sector will be teeming with expensive military hardware; Missile Frigates, Corvettes, Destroyers.

And from there you'll expand your influence across the galaxy. Your hourly turn over will be hundreds of millions an hour. Which you'll pour back into your corporations economy and military fleets.

I threw down the game about 5-6 times in frustration at first. But I'm glad I stuck it out. Once your corporation is setup and on it's feet, and you can start to afford the awesome ships and weapons, everything comes alive.

Just be prepared to spend many hours to get there.

Dartington Bar Essentials Brandy (pair)
Dartington Bar Essentials Brandy (pair)
Offered by World Wide Shopping Mall Ltd
Price: 17.59

4.0 out of 5 stars Not bad at all, 10 Aug 2012
Glasses arrived, nice a large. Glass is a little thin, but that's entirely expected with the price range. And besides, they're Brandy glasses, it's not as if they're designed to be handled roughly.

Would buy from this seller again!

Ultimate Ears 300vi Noise-Isolating Headset
Ultimate Ears 300vi Noise-Isolating Headset

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Good, but they don't last long, 11 Dec 2011
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Good quality headphones, fit well and contain the sound.

However the first pair stopped working properly after about four weeks of use. One of the buds stopped playing audio. I hadn't looked after them well enough so I chalked it down to Me accidently squashing them. I picked up a second pair though, and took much better care of them. Kept them in the plastic case whenever they were not in use. Lasted less than four weeks before they also malfunctioned in the same way.

There's a problem with their design.

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