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Duke Nukem Forever (PC DVD)
Duke Nukem Forever (PC DVD)
Offered by GeeksWholesaler
Price: £2.88

3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars About as disappointing as it can get..., 30 Sept. 2011
= Fun:2.0 out of 5 stars 
I've played Duke Nukem from the original platform game through to the latest; Forever. I'm well aware of how anticipation and hype can ruin any new release, but to be fair 3D-Realms having been digging Duke's grave for a long time.

Over a decade late and it feels a decade old. Fiddly, sluggish controls that feeling nothing ever more than restrictive, the weapons and combat system is totally unintuitive and the levels are far too linear and gimmicky for any first person shooter.

The entire game relies purely on the wit, humour AND the storey line of the previous titles and it's just simply not good enough. This is a seriously flawed product, gaming has not progressed thus far for us to accept releases like this.

It's embarrassing to admit that Duke Nukem 3D of 1996 is a much more complete piece of software with solid game play and an original feel. All of which is denied to us in Duke Nukem Forever.

Timbuk2 Kindle Envelope Sleeve, Black/White (fits Kindle Paperwhite, Kindle and Kindle Touch)
Timbuk2 Kindle Envelope Sleeve, Black/White (fits Kindle Paperwhite, Kindle and Kindle Touch)

5.0 out of 5 stars Very nice..., 14 Aug. 2011
Item came on time and well packaged. Picture and description was spot on, the fit and finish is very high finish and protects my Kindle perfectly. If you want a slip-case instead of one that opens like a book, then I high recommend a Timbuk2 sleeve. Very pleased.

Black Diamond Quicksilver Screwgate Carabiner
Black Diamond Quicksilver Screwgate Carabiner

5.0 out of 5 stars It's a Carabiner and it works., 12 July 2011
Decent price, standard build quality (by which I mean it high) and delivery was quick. Slightly smaller than normal, but may described as compact. I regularly use it when top-roping etc, and it's as reliable as any proper tool. Recommended xD

Cargo Chalk Bag (Black)
Cargo Chalk Bag (Black)

6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars No surprises, please, 12 July 2011
This review is from: Cargo Chalk Bag (Black) (Misc.)
It's a chalk bag... it holds the chalk and can be clipped on or have a belt threaded through. It also has an 'under' pocket where I keep my finger-tape! Good price and quick delivery. Recommended.

Kublai Khan
Kublai Khan
by John Man
Edition: Paperback
Price: £9.99

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars John Man's Kublai Khan = Exquisite, 30 Jun. 2011
This review is from: Kublai Khan (Paperback)
I'm waiting for the Kindle Edition, though I've had the paperback for some time now (I really like this book). This was wonderful travel reading when I was abroad in equatorial sunshine which really brought this book to life for me... And I can not recommend this book more highly.

Anyone looking for an honest and informative historical recall on the history of the Mongol Empire/China's Yuan Dynasty should seriously consider this book. John Man's extensive travelling experience and his knack for befriending on-site locals gives him an insight on the subject that is grounded and factual. Where he cannot guarantee facts, he speculates but does so honestly and not without proper reason, evidence and common sense. Man calls upon key individual specialists to help him build a world long gone & leaving few clues. From his archaeology friends on the modern Mongol/Chinese boarder to his own genius architect son. Just like Kublai did, surrounding himself with expertise that helped him build an Empire that would influence civilizations for centuries to come.

So why read about the world's most famous conqueror's grandson? Kublai took his grandfather's conquest (Genghis Khan) - it had so far been the world's largest contiguous empire and Kublai doubled it. Kublai was a pragmatic ruler, so called the greatest CEO of all time and built an empire that in many ways preceded Victorian/Industrial Britain. The Mongol Empire/Yuan Dynasty exploded in industry, trade and culture, full of colour, activity and production. In a lesser way, it also preceded the Italian Renaissance in art and discovery too. The Mongol Empire stretched from Turkey through to Korea at its height, the largest land empire in history today.

Conclusively Man's 'Kublai Khan' draws you in with his slightly informal style, much like a room of friendly historians having a light chat about a heavy subject. The entire spectrum of this history is covered and you could almost imagine the newly born superpower pointing way to the future we live today, highly complex, idiosyncratic and full of character and promise. Man gives Kublai the recognition he deserves, hidden in his warrior grandfather's (Genghis) shadow but responsible for a history rich and productive. Some dare say he was even a good ruler... Read the book and decide for yourself.

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