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The Man in the High Castle
The Man in the High Castle
Dvd

6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent start, 22 Jan. 2015
The only thing that upsets me about this is that I have to wait until Amazon pick it up to see more!! Absolutely loved it - fantastic production, great script, well directed and filmed, great actors all well cast. I assume that this will end up delving into a lot of the speculation of where Dick would have gone with this had he actually written any of the sequels that he threatened - time travel, alternate timelines, parallel worlds, paradoxes - and the great thing about this is none of us can really be sure which direction the showrunners will take. Unlike, say, Game of Thrones, where what happens in the books is well documented, this will be a journey of discovery. Of course, a lot of this depends upon the amount of faith that we have in the showrunners to take us on a journey that's at least in tune with Dick's vision, but based upon the pilot, they have my trust.


Guardians of the Galaxy: Awesome Mix Vol. 1 (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)
Guardians of the Galaxy: Awesome Mix Vol. 1 (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)
Price: £5.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars, 14 Aug. 2014
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Awesome (unsurprisingly).


Sonnics 750GB 2.5 Inch Blue external pocket Hard drive USB powered for use with Windows PC, Apple Mac, Smart tv & PS3 FAT32 (750GB)
Sonnics 750GB 2.5 Inch Blue external pocket Hard drive USB powered for use with Windows PC, Apple Mac, Smart tv & PS3 FAT32 (750GB)
Offered by Beetechwise.ltd

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent value bit of kit, 28 April 2014
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Excellent value bit of kit, neatly turns my Samsung smart TV into a PVR (with more recording space than my Sky box - although it only works with the freeview channels, obviously).


Starship Troopers
Starship Troopers
by Robert A. Heinlein
Edition: Paperback

1 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Overlook the philosophy, enjoy the story..., 4 Oct. 2009
This review is from: Starship Troopers (Paperback)
This is an archetypal Heinlein book - fantastic imagination mixed with some questionable philosophy. The cap troopers, the drops, the powered suits with their array of weaponry, the skinnies and the bugs are incredibly well rendered in Heinlein's writing. A slight weakness is the length of time they spend at the training camp - the actual war is what we're really interested in and the book takes a long while to get around to it. However, this all serves a purpose of making you understand how well prepared for the fight they are. The fighting, from Klendathu to Planet P is all well described and beutifully imagined. The thing that lets this book down (as a lot of Heinlein books) is the insertion of ridiculous ideology (without a real need for it in terms of story telling). Apparently we should all beat our children, prisons should be replaced by simply flogging all offenders and we should only be allowed to vote if we've done a tour in the armed forces. Violence IS necessary and only those who are willing to perform said violence should be worthy of governing the rest of us. If you can overlook this then it's a brilliant, brilliant book. Thankfully, having read his books before and therefore knowing what to expect, I was able to approach these portions in a "yeah, whatever, Robert" sort of a way.


The Forever War (S.F. MASTERWORKS)
The Forever War (S.F. MASTERWORKS)
by Joe Haldeman
Edition: Paperback

3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic Book, 1 Sept. 2009
This is probably in the top 2 or 3 sci fi books that I've read. The Stars My Destination and maybe Childhoods End beat it but not by much, if at all.

First off, if what you want is huge unrealistic space battles and horrific blood and guts, go somewhere else. Watch Star Wars and Alien. This is a well thought out, realistic look at how this war would be fought. There are no close quarter space battles with people firing lasers, all the space battles are fought by computers using missiles at massive range. The ground combat takes place in temperatures sometimes approaching zero kelvin with no atmosphere and varying levels of gravity, so quite often the biggest hazard is not the enemy but the environment itself. And you can be attacked from space and wiped out in an instant, without firing a shot. None of that, however, means that the book doesn't excite - it does so and in spades, in my opinion.

The story is about how the war affects people. The "gimmick" of the book (and I use parenthesis, because unless you'd like to disprove Einstein, it's straight up, cold, hard science) is time dilation. Basically, if you travel 150 light years at near-on light speed, it won't take that long for you - a few months. However, on earth 150 years will pass. A round trip will take 300 years. And the planet that you left won't be the one that you come back to. It will have changed massively, leaving you to cling onto what you can from your own life. And another affect is that when you fight, you never know whether or not the enemy is from a timeframe 200 years more advanced than your own.

The book is poignant, witty, exciting and extremely well written.


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