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Off Armageddon Reef
Off Armageddon Reef
by David Weber
Edition: Mass Market Paperback

3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Transexuals of the future!, 10 Jan 2008
The only part of this book that baffled me was the reasoning behind changing the main character from female to male. It made sense given the chauvanism of middle ages style civilisation of the setting, but it also seemed to put a bit too much strain on the narrative when the hero is talking about themselves as two different people.

That said, this really is an amazing read, and has just the right amount of historical intrigue combined with sci fi coolness with a healthy dose of samurai sword fighting thrown in. It has naval battles, (sea and space) and a revealing look at the corruption inherent in a theocracy run by fallible humans devoted to the status quo. It reminded me also of the "march upcountry" series with the introduction of weapons and tactics from our history being introduced to a culture to whom they are futuristic (muzzle loading rifles etc). I truly hope that Weber continues with the series until the setting is once again interstellar, and I hope that he takes his time (4 or 5 books) to do this properly. Unfortunately this could take a while as I also want him to continue with the Hells Gate series, not to mention the various story arcs in the Honorverse, and presumably the guy has to sleep occaisionally.


A History Of Violence [DVD]
A History Of Violence [DVD]
Dvd ~ Viggo Mortensen
Offered by gowingsstoreltd
Price: 2.79

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Is he or isn't he?, 13 Oct 2007
This review is from: A History Of Violence [DVD] (DVD)
Viggo Mortensen does an outstanding job in this movie in playing two what amounts to two characters so believably that on first viewing I honestly thought that Stall being taken for Cusack was simply a case of mistaken identity. You can actually see the gradual change as he turns from small town family man into former sociopathic mobster hitman as the movie progresses and this I'm sure can be largely attributed to Mortensen. On second viewing I was able to truly appreciate this, how his demeanor, his accent, even his facial expression changed from one of cruelty to one of normalcy, so it is clear to see who is really in charge at that moment.

Cronenberg also brings his unique touch to the picture with the scenes of violence being so visceral and realistic that although they are few and far between by todays standards they most definitely stand out as the most memorable (apart from Maria Bello dressing up as a cheerleader).


Sharpe's Fury: The Battle of Barrosa, March 1811 (The Sharpe Series, Book 11)
Sharpe's Fury: The Battle of Barrosa, March 1811 (The Sharpe Series, Book 11)
by Bernard Cornwell
Edition: Paperback
Price: 5.24

11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A true return to form!, 9 July 2007
After reading Sharpe's Escape I was left with the strong impression that Cornwell had run out of battles to write about, but Fury proved me ecstatically wrong. For the most part the novel is in the same vein as Escape, Sharpe and his 5 riflemen out on their own fighting their own war. Entertaining but not why I got into Sharpe. The battle at the end though is a perfect example of Cornwell's finest talent, writing sprawling battles with a cast of thousands. I can now once again look forward to the next installment of Sharpe, in the hopes that he will march again. To war.

PS is it me or does nearly every chapter end with "And (noun) will/must (verb)"?!


Batman: Dead White
Batman: Dead White
by John Shirley
Edition: Mass Market Paperback
Price: 4.49

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The most fun you can have without pictures...., 29 Jun 2007
When I bought this book I actually thought it was a graphic novel. I love almost all of the Batman stories and have long been a fan of the darkness consistent in all of the best ones, but had never tried reading any of the novels because I thought they could never live up to the comics. So when I received this one I was at first very annoyed. I decided to give it a go though and within a few pages was well and truly hooked. The best thing about this story is the way it can cover Batman's inner monologue as a calculating scientific and very human crimefighter in a way very few comics have the time or space to. The best comparison I have found in comics was actually a page in the seminal Dark Knight Returns that got me hooked on comics as a whole and Batman in particular many years ago "There are seven working defenses from this position: Three of them disarm with minimal contact. Three of them kill. The other... hurts"

Safe to say that this is the best Bats story I have read in a long time, and cannot praise it highly enough. READ IT!!


Sin City Volume 2: A Dame to Kill For
Sin City Volume 2: A Dame to Kill For
by Frank Miller
Edition: Hardcover

5.0 out of 5 stars Love her, then hate her, 25 Nov 2006
In my opinion, this is the best storyline out of all of the Sin City novels. The rest are great books, but their attraction lies with the amazing visuals and the overall cool feel of the story that engages you and makes you want to keep on reading, rather than the story being entirely worth it completely solo. In "Dame" however, the story really is amazing, and managed to develop the character of Ava in a way where you discover her true nature at the same time as Dwight, the lead character. Most stories conceal the bad guy from the character but not the reader, this one however manages to do just that. Combined with this premium story is the artwork that is as good as ever, and we are left with a Sin City story that is a cut above the rest.


Batman Year One: Ra's Al Ghul
Batman Year One: Ra's Al Ghul
by Devin K. Grayson
Edition: Paperback

0 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Year.. erm... last, 12 July 2006
This is titled Year One: Ra's Al Ghul and you might think that means it deals with the origin of this character in the Batman universe in the same way that Robin, and Batgirl, and Scarecrow and even Batman Year One's do. Unfortunately this is not the case, in fact it seems to be set after Ra's has died (for the last time) and deals with the aftermath of this. The story is still worth a read and is good quality bat stuff, but the title does seem simply designed to cash in on the Year One series.


Batman: Venom
Batman: Venom
by Denny O'Neil
Edition: Paperback

0 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars drugs are bad mmkay, 26 Mar 2005
This review is from: Batman: Venom (Paperback)
Probably the best anti drugs message in a comic that I have seen. This story creates an entirely plausible reason why Batman would start taking drugs (why else, to help people) and suceeds in showing not only his downward spiral so far that he is subconciously ashamed to wear the batsymbol and also agrees to do anything for his next fix. It includes his moment of clarity where he realises just how far he has sunk, and most impressive of all it shows how he beats his addiction using what has always been the Batman's most powerful weapon: his willpower. The artwork lets it down in my opinion, the kind of cheap and nasty stuff that you would find in such older stories as Nightfall etc. But then, it was published even earlier than that.


The Legacy of Heorot
The Legacy of Heorot
by Larry Niven
Edition: Paperback

7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars movie conversion waiting to happen..., 26 Mar 2005
This review is from: The Legacy of Heorot (Paperback)
In the indeterminate future, a new planet has just been colonised by humans just starting to reach out to the stars. The colonists included Colonel Cadmann Weyland as the "security expert" intended to keep everyone safe. Everything seems perfectly safe and predictable and the colonists begin to relax their security measures, prompting Weyland to become even more paranoid in response. Then cattle start showing up mutilated, and it seems that the colonists are not as alone as they thought...
With this story, its very simplicity is what wins over, is basically a re-run of "Jaws" with a twist as everyone blames Weyland for the problems which the reader knows full well are caused by something much nastier. Even so, the plot of this book can be summed up in a few words - which is why I wish oh wish it could be made into a movie.


Batman: Black and White 2: v. 2
Batman: Black and White 2: v. 2

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A wide variety, 26 Mar 2005
Some of these stories are amazing, some are interesting, some are good, but fair warning: some are frankly awful. There is no doubt however that readers will disagree on which catagory some stories will fall under, I am sure that there will be something here for everybody.


Shadow Of Saganami (Saganami Island)
Shadow Of Saganami (Saganami Island)
by David Weber
Edition: Hardcover
Price: 18.12

11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars please sir? can I have some more?, 26 Mar 2005
The most annoying thing about reading Weber's Harrington novels is, quite simply, waiting for the next one. I first started reading the series when the first 5 or so books had already been released and so was able to read them all in one go and was lost in the Star kingdom. The latest installment and the first of a new series is no exception and shows that Weber can create the characters that we want to read about, he is not forced to concentrate on one character. This novel includes all the things we have come to love about his books: interstellar intrigue and political manouvering combined with a hell of a lot of fighting (the RMN marines operation to take out a terrorist base is superb). We jump into a situation where the captain is suffering from post traumatic stress from a battle we only get a glimpse of, and just about everyone else of note is starting their career, but still manages to get the reader deeply involved in the characters. Finally it gives us a chance to catch up with people who have so far only had starring roles in short stories, namely Helen Zilwicki and Abigail Hearns. An excellent read, my only concern is that Weber will follow these characters in his next book and make us wait longer for Honor, but even that is something I cannot wait for.


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