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A Life Too Short: The Tragedy of Robert Enke
A Life Too Short: The Tragedy of Robert Enke
Price: 4.31

5.0 out of 5 stars Engaging and illuminating read, 11 Jan 2014
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Well worth the price. For somebody who does not suffer from depression, it made a lot of things clearer for me and made me re-evaluate things I thought I knew. It's also definitely not just for football fans, although naturally there are certain elements of the book that they will appreciate more.

The Man from Pomegranate Street: Roman Mystery 17 (The Roman Mysteries)
The Man from Pomegranate Street: Roman Mystery 17 (The Roman Mysteries)
by Caroline Lawrence
Edition: Hardcover

30 of 30 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Thrilling End, 14 Jun 2009
Let's get one thing clear - at the time of writing, I am 17, and I've been reading these books since around the time of the fourth book, The Assassins of Rome, which came out in late 2002. Ever since, I've been hooked and determined to read through to the end despite apparently growing out of the 'recommended' reading ages given by Amazon and such places.

I have not been disappointed. Though the books were published over a span of eight years whilst the story is spread over two, the characters and the themes definitely mature throughout the series, and the final book is not excluded from this. In fact, some of the darkest and cleverest scenes yet in the series definitely provide a route for anyone to be enthralled in the words on the page. I found myself finishing the book at roughly 3am last night.

Fans of the series will be desperate for various loose ends to be tied up, and they will not disappointed by the results. Imagine a situation progressing in the book - as you read, you slowly imagine three different ways it could unfold, only to see all of them have a chance to unfold and then being shocked as a fourth solution bounds onto the stage. The various twists and turns of this book keep going right up until the last page, surprising you as they happen but ultimately rolling together and making sense at the end.

If you are new to the Roman Mysteries series, I would strongly recommend you start at Book 1 (Where else?) and read onwards. Reading a random mismatch of the books in no particular order will only spoil your enjoyment of them, potentially giving away spoilers that you haven't read in previous books yet and just generally confusing you - even I found myself flicking back to a previous book to reaffirm what had happened at one point.

But the summer is approaching, so I recommend you order all 17 now and make your way through them over the coming months. The length of each book is roughly similar and easily readable (No gargantuan Harry Potter beasts here), whether you've been reading for many years, or you're just approaching the world of reading for the first time.

Neverwinter Nights 2 (PC DVD)
Neverwinter Nights 2 (PC DVD)
Offered by GAMEFORCE
Price: 17.99

5.0 out of 5 stars It's not the original, but it's still great, 1 Dec 2008
= Fun:5.0 out of 5 stars 
3 stars is a ludicrous overall rating for this game. The campaign far outstrips any of the originals in terms of far better NPCs, a more involving storyline rather than simply "Find 4 items of X and return for next chapter", and a much improved visual experience. True, the downside of the visual upgrades include a ridiculous complication of the toolset, effectively eliminating the casual mod maker, and it does make the game rather system intensive for what it is. Nevertheless, the fact that your particular computer can't handle the game isn't a devastatingly bad point against it; you must have realised now that the 'Digital Age' involves keeping up with developments and upgrades. Stop moaning and go buy yourself a better graphics card or processor if it's required. Heck, if your PC can't run this, then you have practically no hope for any future games being released.

The camera does take some getting used to after the original game, but it's bearable, and it's well worth buying this game just in order to be able to play the two frankly superb expansion packs. Mask of the Betrayer in particular is a monumental achievement.

Inkdeath (Inkheart Trilogy)
Inkdeath (Inkheart Trilogy)
by Cornelia Funke
Edition: Hardcover

5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Engrossing. Slightly flawed., 1 Dec 2008
Still worth buying if you're a fan of the Inkworld Trilogy. The story kept me hooked throughout and Cornelia Funke has no qualms about springing the unexpected at any point. It does go on a bit with itself in places, but you can still fully appreciate the book regardless.

Neverwinter Nights 2: Storm of Zehir - Expansion (PC)
Neverwinter Nights 2: Storm of Zehir - Expansion (PC)

31 of 35 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars If you are an NWN fan, you must buy this. Superb. Lots of fun., 1 Dec 2008
= Fun:5.0 out of 5 stars 
I have to say that I'm amazed. Unlike with the original game, the two campaigns in the expansions to NWN2 really feel like they're something new and original as opposed to something anyone could have created using the toolset. The new overhead map feature is a remarkable thing; exploration is encouraged as the marker points on the map don't appear until you've actually found a place. Also, skills such as 'Spot', 'Listen' etc actually have a purpose now as they improve your ability to move on the overhead map and find hidden secrets and places. A minus point here is that all the secret places to find usually consist of about one or two rooms instead of the vast places of Baldur's Gate, but they're still nice to pop into on your way back to a quest giver.

The trade system is quite innovative too, although it can be a drag to be asked for trade bars instead of gold, and it does feel slightly like a severely melted down version of Patrician. It's also not quite as ignorable as the promo material might lead you to believe, but it can actually get quite engrossing when you realise one of your trade carts has been waylaid and you dash off to help it.

Overall, the campaign is not quite as engrossing as Mask of the Betrayer but still well worth a play. The ability to create the majority of your own party is a welcome addition, hailing back to the days of Baldur's Gate and Icewind Dale, and let's you ignore the fact that the majority of the NPC companions are irritating and spineless. There's also a harsher death system; no more 'waking up' at the end of battles so there's finally a use for a Cleric to have Raise Dead learned. I found that I was using my Clerics/Druids etc a lot more for healing than I have in previous games, which is probably a good thing.

I haven't been able to play this campaign online yet with my friends, but it feels like it would work quite well. If you are a NWN fan, you must buy this.

Neverwinter Nights 2: Mask Of The Betrayer Expansion Pack 1 (PC DVD)
Neverwinter Nights 2: Mask Of The Betrayer Expansion Pack 1 (PC DVD)
Offered by APE-GAMES
Price: 7.74

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Epic, 13 Sep 2008
= Fun:5.0 out of 5 stars 
I am quite frankly amazed that there are people who don't like this. The story is superb, keeping you hooked throughout. The only story that you could compare it to would be that of the legendary Baldur's Gate 2, and we all know how good that was.

Do not be put off by the occasional person moaning about bugs and the like. I personally have never experienced a major bug with either this or the original game, and any potential bugs have been significantly ironed out with the latest patches.

Finally, I would also recommend you get this simply so you can access even more of the community material. There are some simply fantastic modules out there, and you won't want to miss out on them. My only gripe with this and the original game is that the toolset is still quite complicated to use for the casual mod maker, but I suppose it offers a lot more to someone who knows what they're doing.

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