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The Horsewarriors (The Sword of Cartimandua Book 2)
The Horsewarriors (The Sword of Cartimandua Book 2)
Price: £3.70

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars If you are going to charge full price then get a proof reader!, 24 May 2015
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I enjoyed this book for its story and characters and would have rated it as four stars but for the errors. I have to ask who is the proof reader and have they been suitably punished yet? This book is full of typos and grammatical errors which interrupt the story. At times you are left rereading sentences several times to work out what is meant. The quotation marks are particularly badly used. It was obviously written using smart quotes but nobody bothered to check that the computer had got it right. Most speech started with open quotes and then ended with open quotes, followed by more open quotes. Very confusing and distracting.


Brearley's Encore
Brearley's Encore
Price: £3.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A lovely romantic, spy story full of interesting middle class characters., 5 Feb. 2015
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This review is from: Brearley's Encore (Kindle Edition)
I bought this on a recommendation of a good friend. It is a lovely romance/spy story which is populated by interesting female characters and lots of very polite, middle class retirees. I particularly like the main protagonist and the strong female love interest. A gentle, fun story with a little edge of the sinister. I bought it yesterday and read it whenever I had a few spare minutes.


Nexus
Nexus

5.0 out of 5 stars Best near future Sci-Fi since Neuromancer or Nano Flower., 26 April 2014
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This review is from: Nexus (Kindle Edition)
This is a great book. The science is believable and the people likeable. It's not often a book comes along which gives you a glimpse of the future. Follows the best tradition of Gibson and early Hamilton. I thought 'real' science fiction was dead but this proves otherwise.


An Utterly Impartial History of Britain: (or 2000 Years Of Upper Class Idiots In Charge)
An Utterly Impartial History of Britain: (or 2000 Years Of Upper Class Idiots In Charge)
Price: £5.49

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Laugh out loud history, 30 Mar. 2014
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I often find history books too dry to enjoy although I did manage Simon Schama. This is not hilarious but does make you laugh from time to time which makes it a joy to read. The humour supports the facts rather than getting in the way.


OtterBox Reflex Series for iPhone 5 - Radiate
OtterBox Reflex Series for iPhone 5 - Radiate
Offered by LAGE UK
Price: £13.00

4.0 out of 5 stars Very Green but solid, 30 Mar. 2014
I didn't look at the pictures very carefully and thought I was getting a blue case with green highlights. In fact it is bright lime green with a little blue. Entirely my fault so I haven't marked it down.
The case is solid like all Otterboxes. It's not the full protection version but it is still very tough in comparison to most cases.


Sid Meier's Civilization V
Sid Meier's Civilization V

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Shallow game play and Rubbish AI, 22 Feb. 2011
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I'm a self confessed Civ fanatic. I've owned every version of Civ published and both versions of Colonisation. This is the worst product in the family. In my opinion it's been designed for the console generation and is only suitable for multiplayer gaming. The complexity level is much lower than previous versions, the AI makes combat too easy, the wonders and city improvements are all too predictable, the terrain makes no difference. I found that it was interesting for the first three or four games and then I went back to Civ4 Beyond the Sword.


Civilization V Official Strategy Guide (Bradygames Official Strategy Guides)
Civilization V Official Strategy Guide (Bradygames Official Strategy Guides)
by Brady Games
Edition: Paperback

2.0 out of 5 stars Lots of pretty pictures but no real content, 22 Feb. 2011
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Having purchased the Civ IV strategy guide I looked forward to this one.
It turned out to be a huge disappointment because there's nothing to it. It's a list of units, promotions, leaders etc. but has no tips on strategy. The book for Civ4 had a range of options for the warmonger, scientist, diplomat, etc. but this has nothing similar. The previous book also had a range of combat strategies from the Dagger, Sledgehammer, and variants like the rubber dagger. Again there is nothing of the sort in this book.It's just an instruction manual not a strategy guide.


Orphan's Destiny: Jason Wander series book 2
Orphan's Destiny: Jason Wander series book 2
by Robert Buettner
Edition: Paperback
Price: £6.99

4.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable nonsense, 26 Sept. 2008
The author admits that this series is another take on Heinlein's Starship Troopers and Haldeman's Forever War. It's not as good and in my opinion John Scalzi's Old Man's War is superior.
Even so this book was a fun read that caught my attention for a day. If you want an adventure story with lots of action then buy this book and enjoy.


Hearts of Iron II (PC)
Hearts of Iron II (PC)
Offered by FUN-N-MORE
Price: £27.90

16 of 32 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Seriously flawed, 18 Feb. 2006
I'm a fanatical player of Championship Manager, Civ4 and many other strategy games, so I was delighted to discover another turn based game for the thinking player. To start with I was impressed with the manuals and complexity of the game. Sadly, I quickly discovered that the AI is laughably poor. As soon as you do something unexpected the computer cannot cope. Unless you slavishly stick to Hitler’s time table the game descends into a farce. Do not buy this game unless you want to be a passenger forced to complete various actions on time to help your opponent cope. Such a promising game but destroyed by a rubbish AI.


Remnant Population: A Novel
Remnant Population: A Novel
by Elizabeth Moon
Edition: Paperback

2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Refreshingly different sci-fi, 12 Dec. 2003
I started this book with some trepidation as it was so far off the beaten track of the genre, but I ended up being blown away by a fresh take on the subject of first contact.
The character was truely different and the aliens avoided all of the stereotypes.
If I had a critism it would be the slow start which seemed to drag for ages but once the sci-fi kicked in it was a gripping tale.
One warning though, it's not for readers looking for adventure boy scouts (Heinlein et al) or romance (MacCaffrey) as it's grown up and understated.


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