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Watch Dogs: Prima Official Game Guide (Prima Official Game Guides)
Watch Dogs: Prima Official Game Guide (Prima Official Game Guides)
by Prima Games
Edition: Paperback
Price: 13.59

3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars I love guides, 11 Jun 2014
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It could be more reader-friendly (the pages are so crammed full of text and images that it can be difficult to know where to begin), but this guide is a must for every rage quitting, impatient, wannabe gamer. Like me.


Daily Rituals: How Great Minds Make Time, Find Inspiration, and Get to Work
Daily Rituals: How Great Minds Make Time, Find Inspiration, and Get to Work
by Mason Currey
Edition: Hardcover
Price: 12.99

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars More coffee table book than 'how to' manual, 17 Feb 2014
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Okay, I'll admit it. Over Christmas/New Year's just gone, I read a post by Sam Harris, who described this book as good for anyone looking to become more productive in the new year. I don't buy everything he recommends, but somehow the moment was right.

The book was certainly entertaining, but motivational? I wonder. As the pages go by and the habits of all the great artists, philosophers, writers and musicians register in the mind, the dots connect and a pattern emerges; the kind that suggests there is no pattern. Except habit itself.

All the great writers wrote, the thinkers thought, the artists made art. And the in-between drinks, meals, chats, walks and afternoon snoozes were as countless as the hairs on your head. My advice: leave it lying around, pick it up when you've got a moment, and don't look for anything in particular. The particulars are not, very.


Bird by Bird: Instructions on Writing and Life
Bird by Bird: Instructions on Writing and Life
by Anne Lamott
Edition: Paperback
Price: 9.48

3.0 out of 5 stars Half about writing, half about the everyday., 17 Feb 2014
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If you can stand Lamott's religiosity and folksey, doe-eyed sentiments, you may just find a few gems inside. There really are some useful ideas for approaching the writing task, and some anecdotes worth reflecting on. There are a few poignant moments amongst the schmaltzy ones. Overall I'd say this book is a curious mix of the odd and mundane; half biography, half do-it-yourself writer's manual.


Quantum Theory: A Very Short Introduction (Very Short Introductions)
Quantum Theory: A Very Short Introduction (Very Short Introductions)
by John Polkinghorne
Edition: Paperback
Price: 5.59

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars If you think you understand it, you don't understand it :-), 8 July 2013
A very accessible introduction to the most mind-bending topic in physics (if not all of science). Having read a few books on quantum theory, I'd say John Polkinghorne's VSI is up there as one of the most clear and up-to-date installments. A fascinating journey, and a good place for interested readers to start.


Existentialism: A Very Short Introduction (Very Short Introductions)
Existentialism: A Very Short Introduction (Very Short Introductions)
by Thomas Flynn
Edition: Paperback
Price: 5.99

3.0 out of 5 stars Just read the Wikipedia page, 8 July 2013
As a loyal fan of the VSI series, I've come to expect the unexpected. That is, some are just better written for the uninitiated reader than others. This one belongs in the 'others' basket; it's very hard going, in fact I think it actually made Existenialism more opaque for me. I'm prepared to accept that I'm no philosopher, but this book did nothing more than ram home the awful truth.


Slaughterhouse-Five
Slaughterhouse-Five
by Kurt, Jr. Vonnegut
Edition: MP3 CD
Price: 18.69

3.0 out of 5 stars Great book, mediocre reading., 25 Aug 2012
This review is from: Slaughterhouse-Five (MP3 CD)
Often cited as Kurt Vonnegut's literary zenith, Slaughterhouse Five remains a dizzying experience for readers today despite its age. This quality is often conveyed by Ethan Hawke's reading, but with his smarmy, monotone reading style much of the narrative variation is lost; it all sounds dark and meditative, lighter moments are easily missed.

Although it won't bother everyone, his reading of the few short passages in German (a verse of poetry by Geothe, for example) is simply atrocious. Personally I think this is a book that is better read than listened to. For people without that option (or fans of audio books), it should be a carefully-considered purchase.


Battlefield 3 - Limited Edition (Xbox 360)
Battlefield 3 - Limited Edition (Xbox 360)
Offered by clickforgamesltd
Price: 15.91

3 of 7 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Don't believe the hype, 6 Nov 2011
= Fun:2.0 out of 5 stars 
If you are a newcomer to games of this sort, you may find it enjoyable. If you're used to first-person shooters you may (like me) find it a demoralising bore.

The campaign mode is a series of aim-and-shoot scenarios following a vague and uninspired storyline while the multiplayer, boasting some realistic environments and seamless movement, suffers from a lack of an XP system and kill cam. This means, in the latter case, if you get zapped by someone and don't know where they were, you'll quite possibly never find out, and in the former, if you had a few good rounds you can only unlock extras in the order the game has preset for you.

I fail to see why the designers of games like this can't include features of stealth, strategy or role play seen in games like Splinter Cell, Deus Ex and others, where the objective is not only to fight the enemy but interact with objects and characters to navigate through the levels. It would vary the whole experience; offering loud and fast combat and also the option to hide, avoid detection, glean information from civilian characters or even enemies taken prisoner.

Unfortunately for me, as someone who followed the build-up to this game's release, Battlefield 3 belongs to the already vast legion of console games that looks stunning but offers a very banal gaming experience. Buyers beware.
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Hurrah for Ethelyn
Hurrah for Ethelyn
by Babette Cole
Edition: Paperback

4.0 out of 5 stars No probs., 2 Sep 2011
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A cute in book, in 'good' condition as advertised. Fast delivery, it must have gone out the same or following day.


The Greatest Show on Earth: The Evidence for Evolution
The Greatest Show on Earth: The Evidence for Evolution
by Richard Dawkins
Edition: Hardcover

2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This is how fascinating the world is., 17 Aug 2011
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With only the occaisional verbal backhand at the creationists' expense (he seems unable to hold back his contempt for them), Richard Dawkins tends the light on the reader's journey into some astonishing truths about nature. Staggering in it's antiquity and multifarious growth, evoltion is truly something to stand in awe of. And the best part is, it's real.


Portal 2 (Xbox 360)
Portal 2 (Xbox 360)
Offered by 1stvideo
Price: 23.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Whole lotta fun, 17 Aug 2011
= Fun:5.0 out of 5 stars 
This review is from: Portal 2 (Xbox 360) (Video Game)
Armed with only a portal gun and a 'use' button, you have to make your way through some mind-bending puzzles as your chief tormentor (a smart-mouthed supercomputer called GLaDOS) jibes you with comic relief. Slick, funny and immensely playable, this is a game that makes console gaming fun again.


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