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G. R. Dennis "Kwazang" (Swansea, Wales)

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Teva Men's Open Toachi Sandal Chocolate 6020 9 UK
Teva Men's Open Toachi Sandal Chocolate 6020 9 UK

5.0 out of 5 stars A year on, 18 July 2011
A year after buying these sandals I have gotten extensive use out of them and have used them to hike up hills and all over the place in five different countries and they haven't fallen apart or shown any particular wear and tear yet, well worth it for the price, pretty comfy too. Recommended.

Blood Reaver (Night Lords)
Blood Reaver (Night Lords)
by Aaron Dembski-Bowden
Edition: Paperback

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Chaos amidst the stars, 18 July 2011
This is book two of the "Night lords" series by Aarron Dembski Bowden, after the excellent "Soul hunter" book and before buying it despite the very good critical response I was expecting to be disappointed as sequels are only very rarely on a par with the original, but if anything, and despite the 5 stars I gave the last book, I think this one is better.

Anyone who has read Soul Hunter will remember the main ensemble cast and they are continued to be developed well and each have plots with a satisfying end, the plot is exciting and fast paced without being ridiculous (given the general premise of space marines and the universe it is set in aside of course) and it doesn't feel like the book is aimed at a very young audience which can be the failing for older readers (I'm 25) like myself in some books from the Black Library, but where the author really excels and stands apart from his peers is his un matched ability to create atmosphere. The world he unfolds in front of your eyes feels very much dark, bleak, terrible, hopeless, everything chaos would be, but at the same time the under current of dark humour and the manner within which the characters manage to find their way through this all leaves you finishing the book with a smile.

Highly recommended, but don't read this book unless you have read the first book in the series, "Soul hunter" first.

Battle of the Fang (Space Marine Battles)
Battle of the Fang (Space Marine Battles)
by Chris Wraight
Edition: Paperback

5.0 out of 5 stars 40k at it's finest, 18 July 2011
The Space Marine Battles series has had it's troubles, most of the books that have been released in this series have poor to middling reviews on this website (with the notable exception of Aarron Dembski Bowden's excellent Helsreach) so I was skeptical about buying this book, especially from an author I hadn't read anything of before, but after reading it I simply can't recommend this novel highly enough.

I've been reading the Black Library novels for years now, have read the horus heresy and plenty of other space marines books, and this easily ranks up there with the very best of them. The story is fast paced but not rushed, it contains plenty of action but it doesn't feel like one long battle scene, there are well developed personalities and plenty of good characterization (something that is very often really lacking in the Black Library, not many people know how to give a space marine a unique personality) and whilst there are more than one plot and subplot going on the story isn't cluttered or confusing at all and everything gets wrapped up in a satisfying and (within it's own universe) makes sense at the end. Those who buy this book whilst already knowing the universe that it's set in will find a real treat and I would recommend it highly.

My one critisism of this book is that people who are knew to the world of Warhammer might want to avoid as it wouldnt' make a whole lot of sense to someone that wasn't already aquainted with it.

Procession of the Dead (The City Trilogy, Book 1)
Procession of the Dead (The City Trilogy, Book 1)
by Darren Shan
Edition: Paperback
Price: 6.39

4.0 out of 5 stars Fantastically Original, 9 April 2010
I had never read a book by this author before this one, and picked it up on a whim whilst browsing through a borders book store one day (an everlasting shame that store closed down) but I am so very glad I did. If like me you are a science fiction buff you are sure to get a kick out of the pacing and believable characters that Shan creates, and his world is imaginative and smacks of noir but still you find yourself being drawn into his world. For those of you that aren't fans of books that play with reality then this won't be for you, but is a wonderful piece of fun.

Highly recommended.

Swedish Army Firesteel
Swedish Army Firesteel
Price: 11.95

3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Does exactly what it says on the tin, 10 Mar 2010
This review is from: Swedish Army Firesteel (Sports)
Not much to say, starts fires and creates high temperature sparks like it promises, I didn't give the fifth and final star because it can take a while in difficult circumstances but will eventually get the job done.

Tefal Tempo Cookware Set, 5 Piece
Tefal Tempo Cookware Set, 5 Piece

5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Good but not the longest lasting product, 10 Mar 2010
This pan set I have now owned for about six months, and to cook with they are exactly what you would want from a non stick pan set, and the lids have a very handy twist to open feature that allows steam to escape without building up. However after six months they are starting to show signs of ware and tear with the surfaces are starting to show scratches and small chips in the teflon despite cleaning properly without overly abrasive wire wools or brushes. On the flip side of this opinion, I have worked in the past as a professional chef and cook far more than most people so if you are only needed a set of pans for occasional use or don't mind replacing them every year then there is no reason not to recommend this set.

Legion (The Horus Heresy)
Legion (The Horus Heresy)
by Dan Abnett
Edition: Mass Market Paperback

4.0 out of 5 stars Dan Abnett does it again, 10 Mar 2010
Unlike some people I haven't read all the Horus Heresy series from the Black Library, but that shouldn't put you off from this book if you haven't either as it works as a stand alone novel if you have a knowledge of the Warhammer universe, but I would caution against if do not or have no knowledge at all of the surrounding events, as many terms will not be understood by first time readers otherwise.

As for the story itself, Dan Abnett by popular opinion is one of if not the best author to be writing for this series and this book doesn't disappoint. The characterisation is good and you get a sense of really caring about the fates of some of them, and unlike many novels from the Black Library it doesn't focus too intently on Space marines or spend half the novel bigging them up as immortal gods which can get a little tiring. The action isn't over done and the atmosphere is well set up, and I found the conclusion satisfying without being either obvious or ridiculous.

If I were to say why this book doesn't warrant 5 stars I would have to say that not all of the action sequences are entirely convincing and the book focus's entirely on the men and armies of the Imperium to make it's points and the result of which is that you never truly understand what, if any motivations are driving the enemy, although people famililar with the 40k universe will be famililar enough with the enemy used to draw they're own conclusions.

All in all I am really looking forward to the hotly anticipated "Prospero Burns" which will be Abnetts next book for the Horus Heresy series, which I will no doubt be reading before I go back and finish the books from the other authors working on this series.

Sheesham & Boxwood 7 inch Magnetic Mini Inlaid Chess Set
Sheesham & Boxwood 7 inch Magnetic Mini Inlaid Chess Set
Price: 24.95

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great little chess set, 28 Sep 2009
= Durability:4.0 out of 5 stars  = Fun:4.0 out of 5 stars  = Educational:5.0 out of 5 stars 
A good little chess set, good looking and durable (so far with several months of regular use) there has been no visible wear and tear thus far, and is decent enough size for pretty much any situation.

Very useful for anyone that would like a set that they can transport more easily.

My 60 Memorable Games
My 60 Memorable Games
by Bobby Fischer
Edition: Paperback
Price: 10.49

8 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars For any chess enthusiast, 28 Sep 2009
This review is from: My 60 Memorable Games (Paperback)
Anyone with an interest in chess will know the name of Bobby Fischer, one of the most innovative and exciting players that this world has ever known, and this book show's his skills off brilliantly, it's well written and a good introduction to the grand masters techniques.

Beginners to the game won't get as much out of this as someone with some experience whom is able to appreciate the genius they are witnessing, though, so if you are new to the game it would be perhaps advisable to instead wait until you have a better understanding.

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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Fun little time waster, 28 Sep 2009
= Durability:4.0 out of 5 stars  = Fun:4.0 out of 5 stars  = Educational:2.0 out of 5 stars 
A fun little time waster, a good "desk toy" to occupy your mind with for brief moments of procrastonation and so far most people seem to like the idea of being able to leave an impression of themselves in for you to find later.

Worth the money as a novelty

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