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Midkemia: The Chronicles of Pug (The Riftwar Series)
Midkemia: The Chronicles of Pug (The Riftwar Series)
by Raymond E. Feist
Edition: Hardcover
Price: 13.60

1.0 out of 5 stars A missed opportunity..., 10 Aug 2014
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This book is disappointing. It comprises a journal-like entry of Pug’s son, Magnus, in which he recaps the events and characters of the series. There are a few maps that are small and difficult to read and there are some weird photo/composite pictures that look cheap and tacky.
I wished I hadn’t bought this book, but it’s probably my fault. I understood this book would comprise a solid charcter and event guide with good diagrams, legible maps, and a history/timeline, but instead we got this effort.
I hope we’ll get a good guide book in the future, but I fear this is it for the fans. Sad face.

City Under the Moon
City Under the Moon
by Hugh Sterbakov
Edition: Paperback
Price: 12.43

5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent book..., 24 April 2013
This review is from: City Under the Moon (Paperback)
Action packed and fast paced, this book is real page turner. A great, fun, novel concept that is well executed and very enjoyable to read. I look forward to the sequel.

JVC HA-F140-WE In-Ear Gumy Headphones - White
JVC HA-F140-WE In-Ear Gumy Headphones - White
Offered by VC Retail
Price: 5.00

1.0 out of 5 stars Painful to wear..., 6 Nov 2012
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I've had a couple of JVC Gumy headphones in the past and besides a short lead, they were okay.

In the last year or two JVC have redesigned these headphones and instead of being circular as in the past, they are now an ellipse/egg contour which is painful to wear. I don't have small ears, but I can only wear them for 20 minutes before I have to take them out because they are just too big.

These will be for the bin as soon as I find a replacement. Waste of money.

Anus Horribilis: A Year of stuff to read on the Thunderbox
Anus Horribilis: A Year of stuff to read on the Thunderbox
by Viz
Edition: Paperback
Price: 4.40

12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Massive book..., 16 Nov 2011
I didn't look at the page count before buying this book and was shocked when it arrived to find it's a massive book with 400+ pages. I mostly read Viz for the articles and the other non-comic strip bits, and this book is full of that goodness.

Other great Viz book to buys Top of the Tips (Viz)(100+ pages of Top Tips), and if you can find it 'Roger Mellie's Ad Break" (containing loads of the fake adverts you find in Viz, approved by Mrs. B, no less).

"Sheriff's Badges, pack of 6"
"Sheriff's Badges, pack of 6"
Offered by WowTastic UK
Price: 1.66

1.0 out of 5 stars Worthless rubbish, 27 Oct 2011
These are not badges; they have no safety pin device on the back to attach to clothing. The only way you they can attach to a costume is to slide the brittle plastic slot on the back over a thin shirt pocket. No good for fancy dress or anything, really. Waste of money.

Age of Zeus
Age of Zeus
by James Lovegrove
Edition: Paperback
Price: 7.99

1 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Pretty good, until the end., 13 Jun 2010
This review is from: Age of Zeus (Paperback)
The Olympian gods are back and with their mighty powers have destroyed nations and armies and forced the countries of Earth into a reluctant peace. All is well as long you don't speak out against them, if you do then you will be swiftly and mortally dealt with.
This book starts off ten years after their arrival. A billionaire weapons manufacturer creates a high-tech suit of armour and recruits 11 people (who have all lost loved ones to the Olympians) to fight the gods and end their oppressive rule; dubbing this team the Titans.
Because the gods themselves are so powerful and mighty the team start by warming up and killing the various monsters the Olympians have sent forth in to the world (Cyclops, Griffin, Minotaur etc.) Once the monsters are dispatched, then it'll be time to deal with the gods themselves.

For the most part the book is an action-packed bit of fun, but it's inconsistent and baffling towards the end. For example: Throughout the first half of the book it's established that the gods are very powerful and dangerous. They've destroyed Hong Kong and just six of them wiped out the Danish army, but when the Titans finally end up fighting them a mere shotgun blast can kill them - from this I can only assume that the whipped armies of the world did not use guns when confronting the gods. Zeus's final scenes are especially disturbing and also ridiculous considering how powerful the chap is supposed to be - how this guy came to take over the world, I can't fathom (it's certainly not covered in any depth).

The Age of Zeus is an enjoyable book, but tapers off toward the end and finishes with an uncomfortable ending.

The Deluge (Leisure Fiction) (Leisure Fiction)
The Deluge (Leisure Fiction) (Leisure Fiction)
by Mark Morris
Edition: Mass Market Paperback

7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great fun!, 2 April 2009
The Deluge shares the same great staples of the genre as Survivors and Earth Abides: loss, foraging, social breakdown and survival after a cataclysmic event. These traditional elements are coupled with a new threat from strange, mysterious creatures that appear after the flood that look set to become the new top of the food chain predators.

But while the characters are likeable and engaging and the book is fast paced and a real page-turner, the ending does leave a little to be desired. Not so much in the overall arc of the characters, but rather because it is missing some explanations - like where have these creatures come from. Maybe it's not really necessary to the presented story, but it would have been nice. Hopefully Morris will address this in a sequel.

Very enjoyable book. Would make a good film.

Blue Beetle TP Vol 03 Reach For The Stars
Blue Beetle TP Vol 03 Reach For The Stars
by Rafael Albuquerque
Edition: Paperback
Price: 9.64

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best superhero book available!, 5 April 2008
Don't be put off by the poor cover of this tpb. The interior art and story are superb. The story follows the new Blue Beetle as he finds out more than he would like to know about the mysterious Scarab. Blue Beetle is a great book. The central character is fresh and well supported by a rounded, interesting and funny cast. Plenty of fun, action and touching moments.

Trials Of Shazam TP Vol 01
Trials Of Shazam TP Vol 01
by Howard Porter
Edition: Paperback

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great TPB, 2 Feb 2008
With Billy taking over from the dead wizard Shazam, it's left to a powerless Freddy Freeman to take on the role of Captain Marvel - but only if he can prove himself worthy of the mantle. Bring on the trials.

Great writing from Winick and Porter's art is amazing. I can't believe it's the same guy that did pencils on JLA. An excellent TPB.

Twilight of the Dead (Special Edition)
Twilight of the Dead (Special Edition)
by Travis Adkins
Edition: Paperback
Price: 10.95

0 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Zombie Fun, 17 Jan 2007
I found this book to be very enjoyable and a real page turner. Great zombie fun.

The only thing that stops me giving this great book 5 stars, is that it could have been a little longer.

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