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True Hero?
True Hero?
Price: £3.08

4.0 out of 5 stars Worth a look if you're a superhero fan, 29 May 2014
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A good story overall, following superhero Stella Stargirl as her life is turned upside down by a world-wide plot to strip both superheroes and super villains of their powers. Some good twists and turns in the story and gripping enough to keep you reading.

However, there are several errors which are slightly annoying. The use of the word "lie" instead of "lay" throughout the book, as in "...from where she lie on the ground". Also, the story is set in England, so why does Stellar receive her change from the batman in dollars? A supposedly English character asking for a "cookie" rather than a "biscuit". None of these really spoil the story, but they do pull you out of the world the story is set in.

Not the best book in this genre that I've ever read, but certainly not the worst.

Quite Contrary
Quite Contrary
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A fairy tale for adults, 18 May 2014
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An excellent story for older audiences that retains the feel of childhood fairy tales. A brilliant protagonist who it is easy to like despite (or perhaps because of) her faults. The story also has some of the darkness that fairy tales once had. I really enjoyed this book.
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Bonsai Chinese elm - Ulmus parviflora - 8 years
Bonsai Chinese elm - Ulmus parviflora - 8 years
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Price: £19.99

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very Pleased, 28 Oct. 2013
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I ordered this Bonsai tree on a Thursday evening, hoping that it would arrive when I was off work the following week. The only downside after ordering was Amazon's delivery estimate which went from several days to three weeks, which was a slight worry because three weeks would be far too long for a bonsai tree to be in transit in a dark box.

I was surprised and very pleased that it arrived on Monday. Excellent packaging ensured that the tree arrived in excellent condition, and it is a very nice specimen. I would definitely buy from again in the future.

Handling the Undead
Handling the Undead
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5.0 out of 5 stars Different, disturbing and thought-provoking, 13 Nov. 2011
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I stopped watching horror films many years ago when they stopped being scary and atmospheric through their story and instead tried to be scary through the use of special effects. Instead I turned to books, but many authors do the same thing as film makers.

I loved this book because it creates a believable atmosphere of horror, set against the backdrop of the real world and real people. I actually found the book quite disturbing but couldn't put it down. The fact that the book deals more with the feeling and reactions of real people rather than battle with the undead makes it all the more believable.

Absolutely brilliant.

Reality 36 (A Richards & Klein Investigation Book 1)
Reality 36 (A Richards & Klein Investigation Book 1)
Price: £6.40

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A realistic world of the near future, 9 Aug. 2011
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Reality 36 is set just over one hundred years in the future and revolves around a detective agency manned by "Richards" - an advanced artificial intelligence, and "Otto Klein" - an German cyborg ex-commando. Each of the characters becomes more and more developed as the story progresses, but it is the world that Guy Haley has created that really makes this book stand out.

The author has obviously taken a good long look at our modern society - the Internet, online gaming, robotics, politics, human rights, economics, climate change, sociology and political correctness and then he has extrapolated these to make a believable and complex world of the future in which our characters carry out their investigations. But it is not just the real world that he has created, or "The Real" as it is known to the characters in the book. There is also a second world there, known as "The Grid" a kind of updated Internet meets virtual reality.

There is a fair amount of future techno-babble, but this is introduced in such a way that you pick it up gradually and eventually stop noticing it because it becomes part of the world and the storyline. The story takes us from a film-noir style investigation, to full-on battle sequences (both in the real world and on The Grid) and onto questions of the meaning of reality - interspersed with wit and humour.

Soon I Will be Invincible
Soon I Will be Invincible
by Austin Grossman
Edition: Hardcover

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5.0 out of 5 stars At last! A Supervillain we can all cheer for., 29 Oct. 2007
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This book is fantastic. Doctor Impossible is an evil genius bravely trying to take over the world whilst being thwarted by a pesky superteam.

Starting with Doctor Impossible in prison pondering his life and wondering whether he should have taken a path of scientific research rather than trying to take over the world, the story follows him through the implementation of his latest scheme. First he's got to raise capital to fund his new idea, which means such indignities as having to travel by bus and get changed into his villain costume in the bushes so he can make an entrance.

Meanwhile, a rookie cyborg is given a chance to join a reformed super-team who are out to thwart Doctor Impossible's evil plan.

If you're a fan of comic books or superhero stories in general then you will love this book - the narrative points out the absurdities of the superhero world, whilst making it all believable.

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