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Ill Wind
Ill Wind
by Kevin J. Anderson
Edition: Mass Market Paperback

5.0 out of 5 stars Thoroughly enjoyable, 16 Jun 2013
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I came across Ill Wind while doing a search on Kevin J Anderson having finished his Saga of Seven Suns, and although it's a completely different setting, I still thoroughly enjoyed it. I don't like giving the highest score for things generally, but I felt this book has it all. The characters were believable and quite a mix, the story hops from person to person telling their stories both before and after the disaster, but not in a way that bogs the story down, and it all ties together so there's a reason behind it, and it comes together very well at the end which had me reading till 2am to finish the book! Well worth a read!


10000000
10000000
Price: 1.99

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Smashing little game, 22 May 2013
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Great tile matching game that has that retro feel but without looking terrible. I especially like the RPG side of things, as this gives the game more direction than matching endless tiles just for "high score". Well worth a download!


Classic Catch Phrase
Classic Catch Phrase

14 of 16 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars It's ok, 21 May 2013
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It's not bad but a few things annoyed me. As others have said if you miss out a word or symbol in your guess, it's wrong, and sound wise a few more tunes from the show would help, I think there's only 2 that repeat constantly and only about 4 sound bites from Roy Walker! Played fine on my S3


Bridge Constructor Playground
Bridge Constructor Playground
Price: 1.68

39 of 47 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable Game, 17 April 2013
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Fun physics bridge building game. It could do with a little more to make it great, hense the 4 stars but worth playing. Pity about the 1 star reviews from Kindle Fire users, seems every game on here has those.


Six Dice (Ad Free)
Six Dice (Ad Free)
Price: 0.64

5.0 out of 5 stars Great time waster, 23 Jan 2013
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Play this a lot on the train. Who would have thought rolling dice would be so muvh fun?! Well worth buying


Flu
Flu
by Wayne Simmons
Edition: Paperback
Price: 6.39

5.0 out of 5 stars Zombies, so they are, 27 April 2011
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It's not every day you get to read a story about a zombie outbreak in Northern Ireland, and that alone gives this book a fresh feeling, and a good recommendation from myself!

It's a character driven book not a gore fest, although there's certainly plenty of action within the book. The story could be said to be a little short, but that does mean that it doesn't suffer from the usual needless padding and waffle that many books have these days

In essence the book is about various completely different people (policemen, an IRA terrorist, a young woman, military personnel etc) trying to survive through the outbreak

I'm more than happy to give it 5 stars, and have bought Drop Dead Gorgeous from the same author after reading this book


Fallout: New Vegas (PC DVD)
Fallout: New Vegas (PC DVD)
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Price: 3.99

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars More Fallout is never a bad thing, 3 Dec 2010
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It's a safe bet to say that if you liked Fallout 3 you're very likely to like New Vegas. The same graphics engine is used within the game, same character modelling and items exist (with a lot of new things thrown in besides of course!) It is definately a new game though and not an add-on I'm happy to confirm

The basic story plays out that nuclear war didn't hit the Mojave Desert directly, and so a lot of buildings still stand (although they are of course a lot worse for wear, and have been damaged since the War) including the Hoover Dam, which plays a pivotal point in the game with 2 warring factions fighting for ownership of the dam and the hydroelectric power that it provides to the communities

This time tyou're not a Vault Dweller but a courier who at the very start of the game is shot in the head and left for dead... you wake up being looked after by a doctor and off you go to find out what happened and to seek revenge

As always, you can be good, you can be bad, or you can sit happily on the fence and do whatevers best for you in any given situation. As you gain fame (or become infamous!) people will respond to you differently, and there are various factions which you will impress or disgust with your actions which will change how you go about playing the game

There are characters and references throughout the game that refer to the first 2 Fallout games which is nice to those of us who played the originals, and the way that companions are handled is much more like the original games too

I have certainly not run short of quests to deal with and have happily played a good 50+ hours without completing the game yet

Steam is required to install and activate the game (as is an internet connection) but otherwise it can then be played offline. I have no issue with Steam and find it quite good, as do the family

There were a lot of bugs in the game on release, but within a day a patch had been released, and shortly after a second one, and I'm happy to say that even on my older PC it's running quite nicely now with only the occassional minor glitch. It is not a perfect game, but I've been gaming for 25 years and it's impossible to find games such as these without some issues. I can forgive the occassional floating boulder!

Highly recommended game


The Last Theorem
The Last Theorem
by Arthur C. Clarke
Edition: Paperback
Price: 6.58

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Terrible book, 6 Aug 2010
This review is from: The Last Theorem (Paperback)
Being something of a fan of Clarke's earlier books but not having read any of his later ones, I picked this up while on holiday from a service station, and I wish I'd left it there! As others have said the back of the book makes out the story of an alien invasion, of excitement and suspense, but although it's over a month later I've STILL failed to get to the end of it.

For every page of aliens there are about 75 pages of "storyline" about a Sri Lankan "boy" and his growing up with a love of math, and of his bisexual lovelife which has no relevence at all that I can see and is a bore to wade through

The writing style is also very poor, with the continual use of characters full names (No doubt to pad the book out)

6.99 that could have been spent on a much better book, I will be avoiding any of Pahl's other books like the plague. And for a grandmaster this last book was the worst book I believe I've ever read attributed to Clarke, I imagine he's spinning in his grave


Plague of the Dead (The Morningstar Strain)
Plague of the Dead (The Morningstar Strain)
by Z.A. Recht
Edition: Paperback

5.0 out of 5 stars A Great Zombie Read, 18 April 2010
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I have been a fan of zombie movies for a long time, but have only recently delved into the mass of zombie literature that is available. I took a chance on Plague of the Dead having read both good and bad reviews of the book on Amazon, and enjoyed it so much I bought and enjoyed the sequel!

The story starts off by telling how the virus initially gets out, then of the attempt to stop the spread of the virus (without truely comprehending what's happening) and then moves to 2 different groups of people who are trying to meet up and find a cure or means to stop the virus

Admittedly questions can be raised about what happens in parts of the book, but no more than in any other similar book or movie of it's type, and the main concept of the book is that people either don't understand or have trouble believing that people are "rising from the dead" and that it is not just a virus. The book also tells the story from the small groups points of view, not from a global one

If you don't like movies such as Dawn of the Dead, 28 Days Later etc, then I'd hightly doubt that you'd like this material, but it's well written and compelling enough to keep me reading through the night!


Infected
Infected
by Scott Sigler
Edition: Paperback

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I've got you, under my skin..., 10 May 2009
This review is from: Infected (Paperback)
As others have already said, not a book for the squeamish, it is more of a suspense horror wondering where the story will lead rather than anything else

Not the kind of book I normally read but I took a chance on it and highly enjoyed it. Well written and researched and kept me wanting to read more!

I'll be looking for other books by Scott Sigler in the future


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