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The Art of How to Train Your Dragon (How to Train Your Dragon Film)
The Art of How to Train Your Dragon (How to Train Your Dragon Film)
by Tracey Miller-Zarneke
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £19.98

5.0 out of 5 stars brilliant!, 30 May 2012
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I brought this book as after watching the film, I wanted to understand how they achieved certain effects. The book is well set out, the illustrations are beautiful and lets you see the artistic detail on the dragons. The book also shows you various sketches and how certain ideas were developed. A must for any fan of the film as well as those who like me like to know how things were done!

Chaos: Making a New Science
Chaos: Making a New Science
by James Gleick
Edition: Paperback
Price: £8.24

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars brillant intro to chaos, 30 May 2012
I have always been drawn to chaos theory since I was a kid and this was the first book I brought on the subject. The book has been written in a way that is easily accessible to those with an interest in this subject so you do not have to be a brilliant mathematician to understand the concepts discussed. Very thought provoking and has helped develop my ideas about chaos theory and has helped show me how patterns in nature hold such beauty and intrigue.

Tropico 4 (Xbox 360)
Tropico 4 (Xbox 360)

10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great game!, 30 May 2012
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This review is from: Tropico 4 (Xbox 360) (Video Game)
This was my first Tropico game and being a Sims fan, this game ticks all the boxes. There is a lot of choice in what crops you can grow to feed your nation and export, as well as a good variety of other ways to generate wealth for your country (rum distillery, cigar factory etc). Complete control of the island is basically yours and you can play in a variety of different modes (Story, Challenge, Freeplay) depending on what you feel like doing. I never read instructions for how to play games so the tutorials on the game are great and easy to pick up.

The food and raw materials you grow can make or break your little island's economy so finding the right balance and keeping your people from rebelling by giving them different choices of food, entertainment, police/fire presence etc is the fun part! There are challenges/requests from foreign countries and you gain or lose respect with these depending on what you choose to do so adds politics to the mix too. You can also choose to attract tourists to the island and set the island immigration policy as well. There are different factions on the island so making one decision will probably annoy the other so again, finding the balance so you get respect from all the faction leaders is fun to do.

The freeplay option I found to be great as it gives you the option to do whatever you want to do without loads of challenges to complete. In this mode too you can make your people happy one minute and completely change everything which can cause a massive rebellion the next! The secret police option is also great fun. As previous reviewers have said, this game is very addictive!! I would definitely recommend this to anyone who loves Sim related games.
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