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The Witcher 2 - Premium Edition (PC DVD)
The Witcher 2 - Premium Edition (PC DVD)
Offered by Game Trade Online
Price: 19.94

2 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Very good, but not perfect..., 5 Jun 2011
= Fun:4.0 out of 5 stars 
Very much a good follow on from the first game, which if you enjoyed then you will more than likely like this. The voice acting is the best I've found in a game so far, the plot line is engaging with an adult, dark fantasy nature. Controls and character progression take a little time to get used to, being an update of those in the original witcher, fairly intuitive. The world is rich and you can tell it has a body of fiction behind it.

The game maps are not exactly free roaming and are quite defined by the chapters of the story which is very well written. My main two criticism would be that it is fairly demanding on the computer - this I think may be due to drivers which have not yet been adapted adequately to enjoy the full potential of the graphics and it is simply too short over all. What there is, is a very good game, but I can't help feel it was a quarter of the size it should have been.


Brink (PC DVD)
Brink (PC DVD)
Offered by Startup Media
Price: 3.81

7 of 12 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Has the potential to be good, but at present is broken, 13 May 2011
= Fun:1.0 out of 5 stars 
This review is from: Brink (PC DVD) (DVD-ROM)
Customisation of your player is great, the graphic style is good and gameplay looks like it will be real fun. Yet the unresponsiveness and clunkiness of movement and controls (lag) which get in the way of this kind of face paced, skill based game, is totally dehabilitating. Until it's fixed my copy is going away in the draw - if they do manage to overcome this major issue then Brink could turn out to be a pretty good fps; a little different from the standard military shoot em ups currently ruling the roost...
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Building Construction Handbook
Building Construction Handbook
by Roy Chudley
Edition: Paperback

4.0 out of 5 stars A good overall insight into contruction site and process, 22 April 2011
Well worth getting hold of at the beginning of part 1 to help with figuring out details and site management of projects. Not the most attractive drawings, but certainly clear and well explained.


The Feeling of Things
The Feeling of Things
by Adam Caruso
Edition: Hardcover
Price: 16.99

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant..., 21 Feb 2011
This review is from: The Feeling of Things (Hardcover)
Brilliant, thoughtful and evocative. This deceptively thin book is packed with many profound thoughts about the conditions of contemporary architectural practice. Not a project book, the text in here admits a theoretic bias, an opportunity for a leading practicioner to step outside of practice and analyse through various essays themes of importance and interest. Some of these subjects are an outright challenge to modern othodoxy, whilst others seem ultra conservative. Either way the writing is engaging and concise. An excellent read!


Google SketchUp Workshop: Modeling, Visualizing, and Illustrating
Google SketchUp Workshop: Modeling, Visualizing, and Illustrating
by Laurent Brixius
Edition: Paperback
Price: 16.99

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Useful for some essential basic hints..., 21 Feb 2011
Well presented with nicely illustrated pages. The first section of this book goes over basic and fundamental SketchUP operations, I must say I did benefit from the clarity this section provided. The second (and by far largest) section uses case studies to look at specific operations. Though intersting many of these examples will be of little use to most SketchUP users. I don't think this book would offer advanced sketchUP users much, for beginners and intermediate users they may pick up a useful thing or two. A little expensive.


Detail in Contemporary Timber Architecture
Detail in Contemporary Timber Architecture
by Virginia McLeod
Edition: Hardcover
Price: 24.50

6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Recommended..., 21 Feb 2011
They may not be classics yet, but they're great books for an excellent price. As detail in contemporary residential architecture and detail in contemporary landscape architecture: this well presented easy to read hardback book contains a selected numer of details and photo's illustrating a number of interesting projects. Excellent material if you're looking to browse, for inspiration or to dig deeper and try and understand the relationship between plan/section/detail and built form. CD of drawings also included.


Toshiba PA4155E-1HE0 500GB 2.5 Inch External Black Hard Dive
Toshiba PA4155E-1HE0 500GB 2.5 Inch External Black Hard Dive

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very nice product..., 16 Jan 2011
A sleek, fairly robust feeling design. Very slim and portable. The titanium steel finish adds a beautiful tactility. Works without problem plugged straight into my (windows 7) laptop. Transfers data fairly quickly. As a backup storage device for work it's perfect. A shame the wire needed the extra plug to cater for low power USB's (which I haven't needed to use) but the cleaning cloth and storage pouch are a nice addition. The unit feels good quality and the operation light is an unobtrusive led blue. Fingers crossed it will stand the test of time.


The White Arcades
The White Arcades

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars I'm still not sure what to make of it..., 16 Jan 2011
This review is from: The White Arcades (Audio CD)
I'm still not sure what to make of it... what I mean is that I find this album more elusive and hard to pin down than other Harold Budd works that I've heard. At moments it seems to surface in the 80's and there's a slight unease that this album fails to achieve the timeless quality evident in most of his other works, but then a hidden sound somehow surplants that doubt, a melody that was there all along but you didn't hear it until now. Before you know it a somewhat chilling, austere depth opens up beneath you and an immense ice cave filled with echoes and ghosts stretches boundlessly into the darkness.


The Thinking Hand (Architectural Design Primer)
The Thinking Hand (Architectural Design Primer)
by Juhani Pallasmaa
Edition: Paperback
Price: 19.03

8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A neglected aspect of the creative process..., 16 Jan 2011
As a starting point it is good, summing up a particular concern for designers/artists/architects/craftsmen: the use of touch in our process of learning, experiencing and articulating. It's a good book and the subject matter is presented clearly and concisely. However I found it a little short and lacking depth in certain areas. Now and then I wanted the author to examine an example more, to take things further. Saying that, the references from this book provide a guide to greater depth.


Microsoft D5D-00028 Wireless Mobile 4000 Mouse - Teal Blue
Microsoft D5D-00028 Wireless Mobile 4000 Mouse - Teal Blue

4.0 out of 5 stars Well worth the money!, 24 Sep 2010
Great mouse which I use with laptop but which would be just as useful for desktop. Slightly smaller than a typical mouse but not miniture, a perfect size so far as I'm concerned. Total freedom from the entanglement of wires and the tiny usb connector that sits safely in the mouse when not in use is easy to plug in, almost instant to respond and just about invisible when in the usb port. There is a light which shows green for a moment when you switch on or becomes red as the (AA) battery is dying. The mouse itself has a nice feel, the wheel is smooth, the click is very firm which is one of my criticisms and requires a significant push to respond, this may be ideal for some. I programmed the side button to act as middle mouse click as this requires only a gentle touch. My other criticism is the position of the 4th (programmable) button which is a little uncomfortable and requires turning the hand a little to click properly, it seems a better, more ergonomic position might have been possible for this. Saying all this, I'm very happy with the mouse for what I payed (around 14 inc p&p) and would probably have had to pay 4x as much to get a mouse which settled these little quibbles. At this price though, it's great to cart around with the laptop and use on what ever surface I happen to be working.


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