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The Martian
The Martian
Price: £1.99

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Stunning! Fantastic attention to detail and an amazing story., 15 Jan. 2015
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This review is from: The Martian (Kindle Edition)
What a fantastic book. This has gone straight into my list of books that I quote when thinking of my favourite books ever. It’s a bit like a cross between the Tom Hanks film “Castaway” and the Sandra Bullock film “Gravity”, both of which are great stories in their own right. This book follows the efforts of Mark Watney, an astronaut left stranded on the planet Mars. Using his own inventiveness, botany knowledge and engineering skills he refuses to just give in and die. Along with some help from NASA a rescue mission is planned.
Normally I don’t go for scientific fiction but this looked intriguing. I had read that the science parts were based on science fact, and that the story, whilst being fictional, was believable due to the amount of research and knowledge that had gone into writing it. And it was all true. The author must be an incredibly clever man as the detail in the techy stuff is phenomenal. It didn’t ever get boring by being too clever for its own good though. Science fiction often becomes too bogged down with fiddly or complex detail for my liking whereas this book was never anything less than fascinating.
It also has its fair share of humour too. Mark Watney’s mission log entries are often funny and he doesn’t depress the reader by becoming a depressed, miserable so and so.
Within the first third of the book I had decided that this would make a good film if done correctly. It just so happens that one is being made with Matt Damon in the lead role. Hopefully they do it justice but I can’t see how it could be better than the book in any way. Amazing.

NERF Rebelle   Agent Bow Blaster
NERF Rebelle Agent Bow Blaster
Price: £24.29

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great addition to the girly Nerf range, 15 Jan. 2015
My little girl has built up quite a range of girly Nerf Rebelle toys and as soon as she saw this one advertised it went on her Christmas list. At first it seemed a bit stupid as bow and arrow toys are generally a bit rubbish and she already has the older Nerf Rebelle heartbreaker bow that fires standard Nerf darts. This new bow fires proper arrows, (obviously with a squishy end instead of a pointy end).
Christmas came and Santa brought this new Nerf bow and some spare arrows. Assembly took a few seconds and then she fired an arrow… at me.


It hurt, (partly because it hit where most men don’t want to be hit). I couldn’t believe how powerful it was. Also, it is a lot easier to fire than the original heartbreaker bow. The only bad thing I can find with it is the fact that the arrow darts are “needed” and they are more expensive than the standard darts. Admittedly, they will be harder to lose because they are bigger, but they’re still more expensive.

The bow itself has an attachment that allows you to clip on three arrows. It also has a battery powered red light that shines onto a small, transparent targeting screen although this isn’t really needed. The secret message thing that newer girly Nerf toys have is also present but again this is not needed and will probably end up being a forgotten part of the toy.

I would say that this is a great addition to the Nerf range and I think that I will…. erm, I mean, my little princess, will enjoy playing with for quite a while.

Zombie Fallout 8:  An Old Beginning
Zombie Fallout 8: An Old Beginning
Price: £3.61

5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A great continuation of the series., 23 Oct. 2014
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More great writing from Mark Tufo. The story just keeps going and going, but never seems to get dull.
Mike's group are being held in a military fortress and and enemy almost as bad as the Zombies is working against him. That's right, Vivian Deneaux, the wrinkly old chain smoking hag who somehow manages to escape death when all others are falling around her is doing what she does best. Being nasty.
Mike now needs to escape and get back with his family but with soldiers pointing guns at him, Deneaux plotting against him, and Zombies always just around the corner it's never going to be easy.
This book continues the horror and humour that makes the Fallout series so good. The characters are still just as brilliant as ever which is what makes you look forward to the next book, and the next, and the one after that....

Fantasy Life (Nintendo 3DS)
Fantasy Life (Nintendo 3DS)
Price: £29.79

6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic game that will take ages to finish, 29 Sept. 2014
This game is great. You can spend hours playing it and not notice how much time has gone. The different job classes that you can train as turn this from what could have been an average game into a brilliant game. Each class, (hunter, mercenery, magician, woocutter, miner.... and more), has various tasks that can be learned. You don't HAVE to become and expert in each job to progress the story but you can't help but wonder what happens if you become something else.

Changing jobs would be annoying if wasn't so easy. The world is pretty big and it can take a short while to get to the outer reaches of the map. However, there are quick ways of returning to the central hub city where changing jobs is as simple as visiting the Guild Office and and selecting what you want to be. Basic actions learned from each job can then be carried out no matter what your current job is. For example, you can still use a Hunters bow and arrow to shoot enemies even if you are now training as a blacksmith.

The more you train at a particular job though, the more abilities you will gain. These might enable you to mine more ore, or make more equipment. Speaking of which, items can be bought to improve your character but wheres the fun in that when you can make them using things you have obtained from each job class. There's loads to do. It looks like it will take absolutely ages to complete everything and is well worth playing if you want something to fill in the hours.

How Did All This Happen?
How Did All This Happen?
Price: £3.80

4.0 out of 5 stars A great read. One of the best autobiographies I've read in ages., 29 Sept. 2014
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John Bishop is a very funny man on the TV. However, people seem to forget the celebrities are just people like you and me. Some celebrites may have the fame from being very young but some, like John, have to work for it, take risks, take the rough with the smooth, and keep on battling. Some celebrities then just use their fame to get richer whereas others, like John, use it to help others.

The drive that John Bishop has is incredible. Where most people would think that a task was too much or too risky, he grabs it and doesn't give in. This book is by no means a way of him saying how fantastic he is. If anything it shows how he is just a normal man but with a little bit more determination to get where he wants to be. It's a brilliant book that I would recommend to anyone.

Maze Runner 3: The Death Cure (The Maze Runner)
Maze Runner 3: The Death Cure (The Maze Runner)
Price: £3.66

4.0 out of 5 stars Great end to a great series, 17 Sept. 2014
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The Death Cure is the third part of the Maze Runner trilogy and it has manages to keep the action and suspense going right up to the end. The previous two books have been full of confusing twists and turns making sure that the reader is never quite sure who is telling the truth and who is lying. Other reviews have compared this to the TV series LOST which isn’t a bad comparison. This confusion continues in the third book but thankfully things are explained a bit better than they were in the famous TV show.

The first two books were fairly well packed with action scenarios as well and this too continues into book three. Poor Thomas and his friends have taken quite a battering throughout the series but somehow they manage to keep going. They are well written central characters and therefore I was hoping for things to go right for them. There are some books where I’m not really all that bothered if characters get hurt or killed off because I feel nothing towards them.

Whilst maybe not quite as good as The Hunger Games, (in my opinion), it is certainly far superior to the Divergent trilogy and is well worth reading by any fan of this type of fiction. Hopefully the movie does it justice and more people read this great series. I just need to read the prequel now.

Sleepy dog Kids Insulated Soft Lunch box Neoprene Food Bag lunchbox Cooler warm Pouch Tote Handbag for school work office
Sleepy dog Kids Insulated Soft Lunch box Neoprene Food Bag lunchbox Cooler warm Pouch Tote Handbag for school work office
Offered by Art*Bags
Price: £13.99

3.0 out of 5 stars Overpriced. Should be about £5 max, 16 Sept. 2014
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It's cute. My daughter loves it. It should be OK for keeping packed lunches cool. But it's not worth £13.99. I think £5 is a more sensible price.
I don't imagine that it will last very long either as the zip is quite stiff and therefore it may rip from kids pulling at the material to open it.

NERF Rebelle   Rapid Blaster
NERF Rebelle Rapid Blaster
Offered by Fun Collectables
Price: £19.23

5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great but can be bought for less elsewhere., 16 Sept. 2014
This review is from: NERF Rebelle Rapid Blaster (Toy)
My 9 year old daughter loves pink dresses, pigtails, puppies, kittens, makeup and... Nerf guns. She loves shooting things, (tranquilising stuffed animals to take to the pretend vets, balloons, Nerf target, her Dad), and now has several Rebelle (girly Nerf) toys. This one is probably the most fun. The magazine holds 12 Nerf darts (supplied) and they can be fired off one at a time whenever you want, or very quickly almost like a machine gun. It's easy to reload the magazine too. Be warned though, it needs four AA batteries, but they seem to be lasting quite well so far.

The main unit feels quite sturdy but I imagine that the dart magazine could be easily cracked / broken if you're not carefull. For this reason I wouldn't recommend spending £20+ on it. Shop around for a lower price.

The Hunted (The Enemy Book 6)
The Hunted (The Enemy Book 6)
Price: £5.62

8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing story. Can't wait for the final book., 9 Sept. 2014
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The Hunted is the sixth and penultimate book in Charlie Higson’s amazing series following the lives of various groups of children surviving an infection outbreak. This outbreak turned all adults into zombie-like flesh eating maniacs. If you haven’t read the other five books prior to this one you will struggle to fully understand just what is going on as the events and individual characters stories overlap and intertwine throughout the series. References are made to numerous people that have featured in the previous books but may or may not feature in this one so you really should start at book one. You won’t regret it. Read my reviews on them to learn a bit more.

To start with, this book follows Ella, (Small Sam’s sister), who left the safety of the group she was with in London to find a different life in the country. Her story has been completely different to any of the others in that, so far, she has somehow managed to survive by being protected by everyone else. Things didn’t go too well for her at the end of the last book though and she now finds herself with someone she names Scarface. I won’t go into details on what happens as that would spoil things. Needless to say though, it’s a great progression of the story and an important one at that.

Meanwhile, Ed wants to launch a search party for Ella because he stumbled across Sam and helped to get him to safety at the museum. Ella still doesn’t know that Sam is actually alive and has faced quite a journey throughout the previous books. Along the way Ed and his search party face a mix of good things, bad things, new people and old acquaintances but, again, I don’t want to spoil anything by going into too much detail. All I will say is that, as in some of the other books, Ed’s actions when the going gets tough can be some of the most exciting, brutal, spine tingling, epic actions you will read about.

Ella and Sam’s hopeful reunion is just one of the many sub-stories that have kept readers like me waiting desperately for each next instalment. The characters are so incredibly well written that you love them, hate them, pity them, miss them when they’re gone, and even feel proud of them when they perform some heroic deed. Because of this many of them will be remembered by the reader for a long time after the series has finished whereas other books and their characters are often easily forgotten.

This latest entry in Charlie Higson’s series continues to make you laugh, cry, love, hate, throw up. The continued criss-crossing, overlapping stories have made sure that this massive tale remains fascinating, exciting, saddening, and intriguing. Towards the end, events turn into an awesome, nerve jangling series of incidents that really get the heart racing. The climax of this actually brought tears to my eyes, which hasn’t happened in a long time. I’m a big, grown man after all!

The next book is the final book, (supposedly), and, if the six books leading up to it are anything to go by, it promises to be an absolute belter of a finale. I can’t wait! Well done Charlie Higson.

Maze Runner 2: The Scorch Trials (The Maze Runner)
Maze Runner 2: The Scorch Trials (The Maze Runner)
Price: £3.66

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A great continuation. Really looking forward to book 3 now., 5 Sept. 2014
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The Scorch Trials follows on from events in The Maze Runner and it continues with the same style. The action, occasional hints as to what’s going on, chapter end cliff hangers, and twists and turns in the plot are all still here. Especially the plot twists. I was never really 100% sure as to who was good / bad, who was going to suddenly change or what the ending was likely to be. It certainly keeps you guessing.

After escaping the maze the boys and girl from The Maze Runner (Thomas, Newt, Minho, Teresa) are still here along with the other Gladers that escaped the Maze. They soon find themselves thrown into a confusing and scary scenario though and quickly realise that the strange organisation, WICKED, is not finished with them just yet. Sent out into a desolate landscape they quickly need to learn how to survive new horrors and adapt to new conditions.

There are some surprise new main characters and a few extras along the way that certainly help to stop things getting tedious. They also prevent a certain amount of frustration by breaking up the action / plot twists to get your mind thinking of other things before throwing you back in the thick of it. I would say it was faster paced than the first book. The action scenes are great and there is plenty of violence / blood / death.

The finale is well worth the build up and you are left with yet another mysterious “What on Earth is going on?” cliff hanger. I’m really looking forward to the trilogy finale and the prequel now!

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