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Deus Ex: Human Revolution
Deus Ex: Human Revolution
Price: £11.24

5.0 out of 5 stars High Quality Stuff, 28 May 2015
Brilliant futuristic orchestral soundtrack that's just as good to listen to normally as it was to listen to when playing the game.

The Skull Throne (Demon Cycle)
The Skull Throne (Demon Cycle)
by Peter V. Brett
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £12.91

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Dreadful, 24 May 2015
As others have said this book is as awful as the last one, no lessons have been learned by the author and he's still trying to remake the series as the next Game Of Thrones, presumably to milk a bit more money out of what should have been a trilogy.

It doesn't work, at all, and along the way he has lost everything that made Painted Man so good.

Annoyingly, as with the last book, the main story doesn't advance the main story in any meaningful way. Instead we get an increasingly huge array of characters, unlikely plot lines, badly thought through intrigue, and a massive increase in the amount of lore. The result isn't a feeling of complexity and weight but instead the book feels bloated and without purpose.

Its really the final nail in the coffin of the series, there is now no way this series can end satisfyingly so I'm going to stop here.

Mare Nostrum
Mare Nostrum
Price: £3.96

1.0 out of 5 stars Skip, 21 May 2015
This review is from: Mare Nostrum (MP3 Download)
I don't really get Hecq and this album seems to be mainly un-listenable white noise intermixed with boring but ominous sectiomns that would be fine in some lame teen horror movie.

horror vacui
horror vacui
Price: £17.30

1.0 out of 5 stars Awful, 14 May 2015
This review is from: horror vacui (Audio CD)
The album is quite boring and annoyingly un-listenable, the glitching when combined with near white noise is particularly brutal.

Transcendence [DVD]
Transcendence [DVD]
Dvd ~ Johnny Depp
Price: £5.00

1.0 out of 5 stars Skip it, 30 April 2015
This review is from: Transcendence [DVD] (DVD)
I went in with low expectations but it failed to meet them, the plot is ridiculously contrived and relies on lots of the characters behaving in odd ways and failing to even attempt to communicate with each other, and the ending is almost laughable.

Warship (Black Fleet Trilogy, Book 1)
Warship (Black Fleet Trilogy, Book 1)
Price: £2.60

3.0 out of 5 stars Familiar but enjoyable, 9 April 2015
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All very familiar but its well enough written in general. A bit clunky perhaps and I could have done with some explanation of the technological situation humans find themselves in, such as lack of AI, but its still an enjoyable book.

by Neil Gaiman
Edition: Paperback
Price: £6.29

4.0 out of 5 stars Meh, 31 Mar. 2015
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This review is from: Neverwhere (Paperback)
Its not a terrible book but I'd probably describe it as being most similar to a Pratchett, unfortunately without the humor and with characters that were difficult to get interested in. Some nice little ideas but really its not one I'd recommend.

Laughing Stock
Laughing Stock
Price: £6.64

5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant, 9 Mar. 2015
This review is from: Laughing Stock (Audio CD)
I'm embarrassed I only found out about this album recently, to say its superb would be an understatement and it still feels fresh today.

The Providence of Fire: Chronicle of the Unhewn Throne: Book Two
The Providence of Fire: Chronicle of the Unhewn Throne: Book Two
Price: £7.55

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Too contrived for me, 7 Mar. 2015
The previous book was good, it had a brutality to it and a lot of what was going on was interesting and felt new. That isn't so true here, it gets bogged down with too many plot lines going on at once and as the story expands it gets more and more unlikely and contrived.

The story line involving Adare is particular poor, filled with one contrived situation after another that happen to have her meet some incredibly powerful individual in an unlikely situation, then when things look worst for her, when it looks like she might have to pay for some of her decisions, unexpected magic saves her.

That was so out of keeping with the first book, where Kaden/Valyn/Adare had to earn everything that came to them, that it stuck out like a sore thumb and made me wonder if the author has spent/wasted his time reading some of the Malazan books.

The Adare plotlines flaws are particularly annoying as she never seems to get a chance to make use of her intelligence, she ends up as mainly a passenger even in her own plot threads and actually seems very naive.

All in all its a big let down and I'm not sure what to make of it as it doesn't have any of the normal second book problems. Its not lack of ideas, it doesn't feel like it was written in a rush, its not just that it expands the story too wide. In all honesty it just feels like the author doesn't realize what it was that made the first book so good (same as happened with the Painted Man series).

Anyway the first book was good enough that I'll end up reading the next in the series regardless, but I hope the third book returns to the ingredients that made the first one so enjoyable.

Sunshine [DVD] [2007]
Sunshine [DVD] [2007]
Dvd ~ Cillian Murphy
Price: £2.66

5.0 out of 5 stars Quality, 24 Feb. 2015
This review is from: Sunshine [DVD] [2007] (DVD)
The other reviewers are right, the last 1/3 where it goes into horror film mode, is rubbish but the rest of the film is quality stuff and I think it holds up well when compared to modern films like Gravity and Interstellar.

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