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A Feast for Crows (Reissue) (A Song of Ice and Fire, Book 4)
A Feast for Crows (Reissue) (A Song of Ice and Fire, Book 4)
by George R. R. Martin
Edition: Paperback
Price: 3.85

4.0 out of 5 stars Still a Great Book, 30 July 2013
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I found this a strange book to review. It is still a fantastic book, but falls some way short of the majesty of Storm of Swords PT2. SPOILER - the absence of Robb, Theon, Joffrey, Jon, Stannis, Davos, Catelyn, Tyrion, Tywin, Daenerys and others did harm the excitement. There were several new characters and new theatres which weren't particularly interesting. Even some of the existing characters produce a sigh of disappointment when you see their name at the head of a new chapter - Brienne, Sansa etc. The Iron Islands stuff felt particularly unnecessary. I didn't care about any of those characters. Jaime and Cersei are still magnificent though, with Jaime in particular developing into a character with great depth and many layers. Despite there being several chapters which were so dull I skim-read them, the book still gripped me and the final quarter was wonderful.


A Storm of Swords, Part 2: Blood and Gold (A Song of Ice and Fire, Book 3)
A Storm of Swords, Part 2: Blood and Gold (A Song of Ice and Fire, Book 3)
by George R. R. Martin
Edition: Paperback
Price: 3.85

5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant, 25 July 2013
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I came to Game of Thrones late. I listened to the first book on audiobook and really didn't like it. I then watched Series 1-3 of the TV show which were all fantastic. SO good in fact, that I couldn't wait for the next TV series and went to this book to find out what happens next. I finished the book in about 3 days. It was gripping, even though the first half of the book is covered by the end of series 3 TV show. The world created by George Martin is fantastic. The moral ambiguity of the characters is a nice twist on the fantasy genre. The fact that the 'good' characters don't necessarily win (or live) takes some getting used to, but ultimately makes for an engrossing read. I am now on to Feast of Crows, with Dance with Dragons (1 and 2) waiting on my bedside table.


In Car Charger For Sony Xperia S / Xperia U / Xperia P
In Car Charger For Sony Xperia S / Xperia U / Xperia P
Offered by tanco Impex
Price: 5.95

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Doesn't work, 24 April 2013
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The connector piece which should slot into the side of the phone doesn't fit properly. it is slightly loose and therefore doesn't charge the phone.


The Maze of Despair (The Wollarp Trilogy)
The Maze of Despair (The Wollarp Trilogy)
Price: 1.29

5.0 out of 5 stars Genius, 24 April 2013
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This book is great. Very funny, well-written. I highly recommend it if you are a fan of Fighting Fantasy literature. Or even if you aren't.


Hell Train
Hell Train
by Christopher Fowler
Edition: Paperback
Price: 6.39

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Poor, 24 April 2013
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This review is from: Hell Train (Paperback)
I really wanted to love this book. It sounded almost perfect for my tastes, but sadly I didn't enjoy it at all. The construction of the narrative is strangely done and this removes any jeopardy or emotional attachment to the main characters. In fact you don't really know who the main characters are.
SPOILERS BELOW
There are 3 virtually unrelated story threads, which have no impact on each other.
1. A film writer, writing a film for Hammer. This story is just a random series of scenes where literally nothing happens. The scenes intercut and disrupt the main story narrative.
2. A girl playing a board game about a train which tops and tails the main narrative. Again largely unconnected to the main narrative, but the main problem is that it makes you realise (along with story thread 1) that the whole of the main story is just the board game being played out, therefore isn't real and therefore you can't care about the characters.
3. Four passengers on a train fighting supernatural creatures. This story had the potential to be fun. The book should really have discarded the first 2 story threads and just run with this one in my opinion and would have been the better for it. That said, even this story thread feels badly plotted with the events largely unconnected and lacking in any real plotting.

A massive disappointment for me.


Scooby-Doo: Music Of The Vampire [DVD]
Scooby-Doo: Music Of The Vampire [DVD]
Dvd ~ David Block
Price: 4.73

5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Shockingly bad, 7 Dec 2012
A musical Scooby Doo movie? If I'd known this was a musical, I wouldn't have bought it. A terrible addition to a fine collection.


It's Not Rocket Science
It's Not Rocket Science
by Ben Miller
Edition: Paperback
Price: 9.09

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant and entertaining, 23 Oct 2012
I really found it hard to put this book down. It is written in a fluid, easy and amusing style that you would expect from Ben Miller. Made me feel guilty that I didn't pay attention in Science at school. I hope he writes more.
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Fragment
Fragment
by Warren Fahy
Edition: Mass Market Paperback
Price: 6.43

4.0 out of 5 stars A good book., 25 Aug 2012
This review is from: Fragment (Mass Market Paperback)
I really enjoyed this book. If you like mystery adventure stories like Jurassic Park, Pirate Latitudes then I think you will enjoy this.


The Prisoner of Heaven
The Prisoner of Heaven
by Carlos Ruiz Zafon
Edition: Audio CD

4 of 7 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Dreadful, 16 Aug 2012
This review is from: The Prisoner of Heaven (Audio CD)
This is a terrible book. I loved Shadow of the Wind and also Angel's Game. This book has no story. Half of the book is Fermin telling Daniel about his past life, which includes details which he couldn't possibly know because he wasn't present. there is none of the characteristic spookiness which for me was a trademark of Zafon's writing. The audiobook is utterly awful too, with the narrator giving characters Yorkshire and Cockney accents! This book is set in the Barcelona of the 30s and 50s. No atmosphere. No story. No tension. Avoid.
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The Ritual
The Ritual
by Adam Nevill
Edition: Paperback

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Should be a Short Story, 18 Jan 2012
This review is from: The Ritual (Paperback)
The first third of the book is brilliant. A great concept, good strong characters and some tense, spooky set pieces. But after that it really starts to drag; endless, repetitive description of the denseness of the undergrowth and how the main character (Luke) is feeling really slow things down, just when the pace and tension should be picking up. The final third of the book introduces completely new characters who appear out of nowhere. This last section feels tacked on and again suffers from repetitive over-description of Luke's thoughts which slows everything down, to the point where i just started missing out pages to get to the end. That said, I still enjoyed the book. It is well-written and the basic story is brilliant. It feels like a fantastic short story that has been padded out to make a full novel.


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