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The Coffin Trail
The Coffin Trail
by Martin Edwards
Edition: Paperback
Price: £7.99

13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars I was disappointed, 29 May 2011
This review is from: The Coffin Trail (Paperback)
I bought this book on a whim, and after reading various amazon reviews, was hoping for a book interesting enough to make me want to read the others in the series.
Has not proved to be the case, unfortunately.
While the geographical setting, and the chilling scene depicted in the first few pages were promising, I found this book to be quite banal and clichéd. It had a curiously dated, old-fashioned feel to it, (and while that can sometimes be delightful, cf Sherlock Holmes or Ruth Rendall) in this instance it was boring.
I fancy it is the kind of book one might find in a seaside guest house on a rainy Saturday afternoon - it whiles away an hour or two, and will be forgotten almost instantly.
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Fallout 3: Game Add-On Pack - Broken Steel and Point Lookout (Xbox 360)
Fallout 3: Game Add-On Pack - Broken Steel and Point Lookout (Xbox 360)
Price: £23.01

4.0 out of 5 stars At the seaside, 21 Feb. 2011
These two add-ons are reckoned to be better than the others available.
I don't know, not having played the others, but I found Point Lookout to be excellent value. New types of NPCs, new weapons, a great land/seascape, plenty of swimming, and good quests. Not to mention an all-time-great glitch (clue: check out Haley's Hardware) and a genuinely funny psychotropic plant experience.

As for Broken Steel, it's okay, but, with the wonderful exception of Liberty Prime, ultimately sub-standard to the main game. The quests kind of fizzle out, and personally I find Elder Lyons to be the most irritating computer generated character of all time.

If you are not quite ready for Fallout:New Vegas, these add-ons are a very adequate stop gap solution.

Dog Eye
Dog Eye
by James Rigg
Edition: Paperback
Price: £8.99

1 of 4 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Editing could have improved this book, 2 Sept. 2010
This review is from: Dog Eye (Paperback)
I bought Dog Eye on the strength of the five positive customer reviews. It sounded like an interesting concept.

The book is (I think) self-published, and consequently has not been edited or even proof-read. There are numerous spelling, punctuation and grammatical errors, the formatting is eccentric, and, in my opinion, the standard of writing is poor. Italics and capitals have been used exuberantly, and do not add to one's understanding of the text. It is sometimes difficult to work out who is talking, there are gaping plot holes and a huge over emphasis on what the characters eat.

Having said all that, Dog Eye is not a complete waste of time. The plot is imaginative, and some of the dialogue is true to life. It has the kind of naivety that I would almost have found charming, had I not just wasted ten quid on this book.

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