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Pacific Rim [DVD] [2013]
Pacific Rim [DVD] [2013]
Dvd ~ Idris Elba
Offered by Bridge_Records
Price: £3.77

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Awful, 16 May 2014
This review is from: Pacific Rim [DVD] [2013] (DVD)
Great action scenes and cast completely spoiled by a horrendous script and terrible direction. Even if you are a fan of the genre this will test your endurance.


The Daylight War (The Demon Cycle, Book 3)
The Daylight War (The Demon Cycle, Book 3)
by Peter V. Brett
Edition: Paperback

8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Lost its mojo, 15 May 2014
Re-released as a separate entry in Amazon, that can't possibly be so that people can't see all the critical reviews of the book, instead just seeing the suspiciously repetitive 5 star reviews....

The ideas in the book are as good as in the previous installments but there are major flaws:

1. Lots of filler, meaning large sections where nothing very interesting happens. Lots of people talking about whats just happened and will happen next, lots of politics, lots of talk about emotions and love lives, you get the idea.
2. One word is never used if ten would do.
3. Yet again the approach early on is to follow a character from childhood right through to their participation in events from previous books. It worked in the previous two books but at this stage its a little boring and I hope it is not repeated in future books.
4. All this "ent" stuff and pigeon English really grates after a while.
5. Oddly the battle with the demons doesn't seem to be a key focus any more. In fact the majority of the book doesn't even really involve demons, the result being the tension and action from the first book is gone and its been replaced with endless yapping. Its closer to a randy middle ages soap opera than to Painted Man.
6. Since nothing much happens other than chatter you really need strong characters but I thought most were pretty dull in this book. Even the characters from the previous books are beginning to feel a bit 2D and boring. We don't have any story lines as bad as the Jardir/Leesha one though which is progress.
7. There's some un-necessarily gratuitous acts in the book, seemingly just for shock value. I don't mind dark story lines but I'm not entirely sure I like how Brett chooses to handle them.
8. The ending is a big let down. Its nice that around 70-80% through the book something actually happens but then we get to the cliffhanger ending worthy of any low-rent soap opera.

Of all the issues the main one is that, other that in the closing stages, the pace of the book is painfully slow. I find that a little surprising as the first book in the series was so fast paced and exciting and it leaves me wondering if Brett knows where he is going with the books?

I suspect not. That wouldn't necessarily be a big issue if the books kept up the quality/pace of Painted Main but I think he's falling back on the old tactic of writing long bloated books whilst the author tries to work out what to to do next (think Robert Jordan).

So whilst I'm hoping this book is just a blip, I'm not sure.


Tower of Winter (The Traveler's Gate Chronicles Book 1)
Tower of Winter (The Traveler's Gate Chronicles Book 1)

2.0 out of 5 stars Waste of time, 14 May 2014
Verified Purchase(What is this?)
I didn't mind the main trilogy, it was light weight but readable enough. These stories are a waste of time though, they add very little and they tend to cut off just before getting interesting.


Man of Steel [DVD]
Man of Steel [DVD]
Dvd ~ Henry Cavill
Offered by Direct-Offers-UK-FBA
Price: £3.40

1 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Decent but too long, 14 May 2014
This review is from: Man of Steel [DVD] (DVD)
This was far better than I had been expecting with a decent plot and some good performances. My main complaint is it was overly long, I was getting pretty sick of it by the end and the final battle between Zod and Superman was unbelievably boring and could have been skipped entirely.


Oblivion [DVD] [2013]
Oblivion [DVD] [2013]
Dvd ~ Tom Cruise
Offered by Global_Deals
Price: £3.40

1 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Pity, 14 May 2014
This review is from: Oblivion [DVD] [2013] (DVD)
Some of the ideas and special effects are great but the film is far far too long and the ending, both the initial ending and the supplemental one, undo a lot of the good work that came before.


City of Light (The Traveler's Gate Trilogy Book 3)
City of Light (The Traveler's Gate Trilogy Book 3)
Price: £2.98

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Decent Trilogy, 6 May 2014
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If you liked the previous books you'll enjoy this one. Its still pretty superficial, both in terms of characterization and in terms of events, but if you got this far you'll be expecting that.

I did find that this book in particular shied away from anything dark, you'd get some pretty nasty events but the author kept them just off-screen and they never seemed to impact the main characters.

On the plus side things do come to a conclusion and its a very easy read.


Siege of Darkness: The Legend of Drizzt, Book IX
Siege of Darkness: The Legend of Drizzt, Book IX
Price: £4.33

2.0 out of 5 stars Getting a bit dull, 23 April 2014
I've enjoyed most of the previous books but by this stage the series is proving a bit formulaic and i'm bored to death of the constant discussion of how much Drizzt loves his friends, how much his friends love him, zzzzz.

The writing is also very very poor in places, as if the author wrote the book in a rush and hasn't re-read it. I also found the attempts at humour, such as around the character Bidderdoo, don't work at all. Salvatore may write some decent content but he's not Pratchett

In addition some of the more interesting bits, such as about the enchanted sword with the mind of its own or the issues affecting magic, are glossed over. It seems odd to introduce these aspects at all given how little time they are afforded.


Streams of Silver: The Legend of Drizzt, Book V
Streams of Silver: The Legend of Drizzt, Book V
Price: £4.33

5.0 out of 5 stars First Rate, 10 April 2014
Having read the excellent Dark Elf Trilogy I wasn't impressed with the simplistic and shallow Crystal Shard but this book is much much better. The characters and events are excellent in general and its difficult to believe the series improved so quicky.

My only complaint is Bruenor's massive behavior swings, the author does say he's hot headed but he's a bit of a loon in this book and its hard to understand why his friends keep forgiving him.

Thats a small complain though, very good book.


The Crystal Shard: The Legend of Drizzt, Book IV
The Crystal Shard: The Legend of Drizzt, Book IV
Price: £5.27

4.0 out of 5 stars Quite Shallow but part of an excellent series, 31 Mar. 2014
I was expecting quite a lot of this book are being very impressed with the Dark Elf trilogy, which explains events before this book but was written long after.

Unfortunately by comparison this book seemed a bit flimsy. Its not that its a bad book its just not as well written as his later books and the characters/plots lack any real depth, and although I like fast moving action filled books this one pushed it to the limit which left very little time to go into depth on anything.

Still despite those complaints its a decent book and part of an excellent series, with the next in the series being miles ahead of this one.


World War Z [DVD]
World War Z [DVD]
Dvd ~ Brad Pitt
Price: £2.99

1 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant, 21 Mar. 2014
This review is from: World War Z [DVD] (DVD)
Given its incredibly troubled production, rewrites and all, I wasn't expecting much. Luckily through some fluke the film is brilliant, sure it has nothing to do with the book but instead its a good combination of fast action sections with slightly more thoughtful sections.


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